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by Kristen Heitzmann

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In a clash of light and darkness, can courage prevail?
Rescuing a toddler from the jaws of a mountain lion, Trevor MacDaniel, a high-country outfi tter, sets in motion events he can’t foresee. His act of bravery entwines his life with gifted sculptor Natalie Reeve—and attracts a grim admirer.
Trevor’s need to guard


In a clash of light and darkness, can courage prevail?
Rescuing a toddler from the jaws of a mountain lion, Trevor MacDaniel, a high-country outfi tter, sets in motion events he can’t foresee. His act of bravery entwines his life with gifted sculptor Natalie Reeve—and attracts a grim admirer.
Trevor’s need to guard and protect is born of tragedy, prompting his decision to become a search and rescue volunteer. Natalie’s gift of sculpting comes from an unusual disability that seeks release through her creative hands. In each other they see strength and courage as they face an incomprehensible foe.
When a troubled soul views Trevor as archangel and adversary, Redford’s peaceful mountain community is threatened. Together with Police Chief Jonah Westfall, Trevor presses his limits to combat the menace who targets the most helpless and innocent.

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“With a gifted pen, Kristen Heitzmann weaves a gripping tale of intense trials, and she peoples it with brave, ravaged souls who mold their limitations into blessings—and soar! Courageous. Remarkable. Insightful. Indelible is all that and more.”
—Vicki Hinze, award-winning author of Deadly Ties

“Kristen Heitzmann is a masterful storyteller. With compelling characters, lyrical prose, and spine-chilling suspense, she weaves another rich tapestry in Indelible.”
—Colleen Coble, author of Lonestar Angel and the Rock Harbor series

“What she accordingly accomplishes here could be classified as rare and remarkable.… She creates scenes that are softly sensual and tension-filled, wrapped within a character-driven and ultimately uplifting mystery.…Indivisible is a strongly written work with a quirky and believable cast of characters and a plot that, though tightly woven, gives its protagonists room to breathe and grow. In fact, the people you will meet here are so memorable that you will want more of them, a prayer that hopefully will be answered in the near future.”

“Heitzmann does a great job of weaving the back stories and too-present realities of each character into a unified tapestry of regret, hope, and redemption.”

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A Novel
By Kristen Heitzmann

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Copyright © 2011 Kristen Heitzmann
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ISBN: 9781400073108

A veined bolt of lightning sliced the ozone-scented sky as Trevor plunged down the craggy slope, dodging evergreen spires like slalom poles. Rocks and gravel spewed from his boots and caromed off the vertical pitch.

“Trevor.” Whit skidded behind him. “We’re not prepared for this.” No. But he hurled himself after the tawny streak. He was not losing that kid.

“He’s suffocated,” Whit shouted. “His neck’s broken.”

Trevor leaped past a man—probably the dad—gripping his snapped shinbone. Whit could help there. Digging his heels into the shifting pine needles, Trevor gave chase, outmatched and unwavering. His heart pumped hard as he neared the base of the gulch, jumping from a lichen-crusted stone to a fallen trunk. The cougar jumped the creek, lost its grip, and dropped the toddler. Yes.

He splashed into the icy flow, dispersing scattered leaves like startled goldfish. After driving his hand into the water, he gripped a stone and raised it. Not heavy, not nearly heavy enough.

Lowering its head over the helpless prey, the mountain lion snarled a spine-chilling warning. There was no contest, but the cat, an immature male, might not realize its advantage, might not know its fear of man was mere illusion. Thunder crackled. Trevor tasted blood where he’d bitten his tongue.

Advancing, he engaged the cat’s eyes, taunting it to charge or run. The cat backed up, hissing. A yearling cub, able to snatch a tot from the trail, but unprepared for this fearless challenge. Too much adrenaline for fear. Too much blood on the ground.

With a shout, he heaved the rock. As the cat streaked up the mountainside, he charged across the creek to the victim. He’d steeled himself for carnage, but even so, the nearly severed arm, the battered, bloody feet…His nose filled with the musky lion scent, the rusty smell of blood. He reached out. No pulse.

He dropped to his knees as Whit joined him from behind, on guard.

He returned the boy’s arm to the socket, and holding it there with one trembling hand, Trevor began CPR with his other. On a victim so small, it took hardly any force, his fingers alone performing the compressions. The lion had failed to trap the victim’s face in its mouth. By grabbing the back of the head, neck, and shoulder, it had actually protected those vulnerable parts. But blood streamed over the toddler’s face from a deep cut high on the scalp, and he still wasn’t breathing.

Trevor bent to puff air into the tiny lungs, compressed again with his fingers, and puffed as lightly as he would to put out a match. Come on. He puffed and compressed while Whit watched for the cat’s return. Predators fought for their kills—even startled ones.

A whine escaped the child’s mouth. He jerked his legs, emitting a highpitched moan. Trevor shucked his jacket and tugged his T-shirt off over his head. He tied the sleeves around the toddler’s arm and shoulder, pulled the rest around, and swaddled the damaged feet—shoes and socks long gone. Thunder reverberated. The first hard drops smacked his skin. Tenderly, he pulled the child into his chest and draped the jacket over as a different rumble chopped the air. They had started up the mountain to find two elderly hikers who’d been separated from their party. Whit must have radioed the helicopter. He looked up. This baby might live because two old guys had gotten lost.

In the melee at the trailhead, Natalie clutched her sister-in-law’s hands, the horror of the ordeal still rocking them. As Aaron and little Cody were airlifted from the mountain, she breathed, “They’re going to be all right.”

“You don’t know that.” Face splotched and pale, Paige swung her head. Though her hair hung in wet blond strands, her makeup was weatherproof, her cologne still detectable. Even dazed, her brother’s wife looked and smelled expensive.

“The lion’s grip protected Cody’s head and neck,” one of the paramedics had told them. “It could have been so much worse.”

Paige started to sob. “His poor arm. What if he loses his arm?”

“Don’t go there.” What good was there in thinking it?

“How will he do the stuff boys do? I thought he’d be like Aaron, the best kid on the team.”

“He’ll be the best kid no matter what.”

“In the Special Olympics?”

Natalie recoiled at the droplets of spit that punctuated the bitter words.

“He’s alive, Paige. What were the odds those men from search and rescue would be right there with a helicopter already on standby?”

“We shouldn’t have needed it.” Paige clenched her teeth. “Aaron’s supposed to be recovering. He would have been if you weren’t such a freak.”

“What?” She’d endured Paige’s unsubtle resentment, but “ freak” ?

“Let me go.” Paige jerked away, careening toward the SUV. Natalie heard the engine roar, the gravel flung by the spinning tires, but all she saw was the hate in Paige’s eyes, the pain twisting her brother’s face as he held his fractured leg, little Cody in the lion’s maw, the man leaping after…

She needed to clear the images, but it wouldn’t happen here. Around her, press vans and emergency vehicles drained from the lot, leaving the scent of exhaust and tire scars in the rusty mud. Paige had stranded her.

“Freak.” Heart aching, she took a shaky step toward the road. It hadn’t been that long a drive from the studio. A few miles. Maybe five. She hadn’t really watched—because Aaron was watching for her.

Off the roster for a pulled oblique, he had seen an opportunity to finalize her venture and help her move, help her settle in, and see if she could do it. She’d been so thankful. How could any of them have known it would come to this?

Trevor’s spent muscles shook with dumped adrenaline. He breathed the moist air in through his nose, willing his nerves to relax. Having gotten all they were going to get from him, most of the media had left the trailhead, following the story to the hospital. Unfortunately, Jaz remained. She said, “You live for this, don’t you?” Pulling her fiery red hair into a messy ponytail didn’t disguise her incendiary nature or the smoldering coals reserved for him. He accepted the towel Whit handed him and wiped the rain from his head and neck, hoping she wouldn’t see the shakes. The late-summer storm had lowered the temperature enough she might think he was shivering.

“Whose idea was it to chase?”

“It’s not like you think about it. You just act.”

Typing into her BlackBerry, she said, “Acted without thinking.”

“Come on, Jaz.” She couldn’t still be on his case.

“Interesting your being in place for the dramatic rescue of a pro athlete’s kid. Not enough limelight lately?”

“We were on another search.”

She cocked her eyebrow. “You had no idea the victim’s dad plays center field for the Rockies?”

“Yeah, I got his autograph on the way down.” He squinted at the nearly empty parking lot. “Aren’t you following the story?”

“What do you think this is?”

“You got the same as everyone. That’s all I have to say.”

“You told us what happened. I want the guts. How did it feel? What were you thinking?” She planted a hand on her hip. “Buy me a drink?” He’d rather go claw to claw with another mountain lion. But considering the ways she could distort this, he relented. “The Summit?”

“I’d love to.” She pocketed her BlackBerry and headed for her car. Whit raised his brows at her retreat. “Still feeling reckless?”

“Sometimes it’s better to take her head on.”

“Like the cat?” Whit braced his hips.

“The cat was young, inexperienced.”

“You didn’t know that.”

“There was a chance the child wasn’t dead.”

“What if it hadn’t run?”

“If it attacked, you’d have been free to grab the kid.”

“Nice for you, getting mauled.”

“If it got ugly, I’d have shot it.”


He showed him the Magnum holstered against the small of his back.

Whit stared at him, stone-faced. “You had your gun and you used a rock?”

“I was pretty sure it would run.”

“Pretty sure,” Whit said. “So, what? It wouldn’t be fair to use your weapon?”

It had been the cat against him on some primal level the gun hadn’t entered into. He said, “I could have hit the boy, or the cat could have dropped him down the gulch. When it did let go, I realized its inexperience and knew we had a chance to scare it off. Department of Wildlife can decide its fate. I was after the child.”

“Okay, fine.” With a hard exhale, Whit rubbed his face. “This was bad.”

Trevor nodded. Until today, the worst he’d seen over four years of rescues was a hiker welded to a tree by lightning and an ice climber’s impalement on a jagged rock spear. There’d been no death today, but Whit looked sick. “You’re a new dad. Seeing that little guy had to hit you right in the gut.”

Whit canted his head.

“I’m just saying.” Trevor stuffed his shaking hands into his jacket pockets. The storm passed, though the air still smelled of wet earth and rain. He drove Whit back, then went home to shower before meeting Jazmyn Dufoe at the Summit. Maybe he’d just start drinking now.

Arms aching, Natalie drove her hands into the clay. On the huge, square Corian table, two busts looked back at her: Aaron in pain, and Paige, her fairy-tale life rent by a primal terror that sprang without warning. She had pushed and drawn and formed the images locked in her mind, even though her hands burned with the strain.

No word had come from the Children’s Hospital in Denver, where the police chief said they’d taken Cody, or from the hospital that had Aaron. Waiting to hear anything at all made a hollow in her stomach. She heaved a new block of clay to the table, wedged and added it to the mound already softened. Just as she started to climb the stepstool, her phone rang. She plunged her hands into the water bucket and swabbed them with a towel, silently begging for good news. “Aaron?”

Not her brother, but a nurse calling. “Mr. Reeve asked me to let you know he came through surgery just fine. He’s stable, and the prognosis is optimistic. He doesn’t want you to worry.”

Natalie pressed her palm to her chest with relief. “Did he say anything about Cody? Is there any news?”

“No, he didn’t say. I’m sure he’ll let you know as soon as he hears something.”

“Of course. Thank you so much for calling.”

Natalie climbed back onto the stool, weary but unable to stop. Normally, the face was enough, but this required more. She molded clay over stiff wire-mesh, drawing it up, up, proportionately taller than an average man, shoulders that bore the weight of other people’s fear, one arm wielding a stone, the other enfolding the little one. The rescuer hadn’t held both at once, but she combined the actions to release both images.

She had stared hard at his face for only a moment before he plunged over the ridge, yet retained every line and plane of it. Determination and fortitude in the cut of his mouth, selfless courage in the eyes. There’d been fear for Cody. And himself? Not of the situation, but something…It came through her hands in the twist of his brow. A heroic face, aware of the danger, capable of failing, unwilling to hold back. Using fingers and tools, she moved the powerful images trapped by her eidetic memory through her hands to the clay, creating an exterior storage that freed her mind, and immortalizing him—whoever he was.

The Summit bar was packed and buzzing, the rescue already playing on televisions visible from every corner. With the whole crowd toasting and congratulating him, Jaz played nice—until he accepted her ride home and infuriated her all over again by not inviting her in.

He’d believed that dating women whose self-esteem reached egotistical meant parting ways wouldn’t faze them. Jaz destroyed that theory. She was not only embittered but vindictive. After turning on the jets, Trevor sank into his spa, letting the water beat his lower- and mid-lumbar muscles. He pressed the remote to open the horizontal blinds and to look out through the loft windows.

Wincing, he reached in and rubbed the side of his knee. That plunge down the slope had cost him, but, given the outcome, he didn’t consider it a judgment error. That honor went to putting himself once more at the top of Jaz’s hate list. He maneuvered his knee into the pressure of a jet. When he got out, he’d ice it. If he got out.

He closed his eyes and pictured the battered toddler. The crowd’s attention had kept the thoughts at bay, easy to talk about the cat, how mountain lions rarely attacked people, how he and Whit had scared it off, how DOW would euthanize if they caught it, how his only priority had been to get the child. He had segued into the business he and Whit had opened the previous spring, rock and ice climbing, land and water excursions, cross-country ski and snowshoe when the season turned.

That was his business, but rescuing was in his blood, had been since his dad made him the man of the house by not coming home one night or any thereafter. At first, the nightmares had been bad—all the things that could go wrong: fire, snakes, tarantulas, tornadoes. They had populated his dreams until he woke drenched in sweat, cursing his father for trusting him to do what a grown man couldn’t.

The phone rang. He sloshed his arm up, dried his hand on the towel lying beside it, and answered. “Hey, Whit.”

“You doing okay?”

“Knee hurts. You?”

“Oh sure. You know—”

“Hold on. There’s someone at the door.”

“Yeah. Me and Sara.”

Trevor said, “Cute. Where’s your key?”

“Forgot it.”

Gingerly, he climbed over the side, then wrapped a towel around his hips, and let them in.

“You mind?” Whit frowned at the towel, although Sara hadn’t batted an eye.

She came in and made herself at home. Whit carried their two-month-old asleep in his car seat to a resting place. Trevor threw on Under Armour shorts and a clean T-shirt, then rejoined them.

“So what’s up?”

“Nice try, Trevor.” Sara fixed him with a look. “I especially like the practiced nonchalance.”

He grinned. “Hey, I’ve got it down.”

“With Jaz, maybe. No claw marks?”

“Too public.”

Whit rubbed his wife’s shoulder. “We knew you’d worry this thing, so Sara brought the remedy.”

She drew the Monopoly box out of her oversize bag with a grin that said she intended to win and would, wearing them down with her wheeling and dealing. “I’ll take that silly railroad off your hands. It’s no good to you when I have the other three.”

He rubbed his hands, looking into her bold blue eyes. “Bring it.” The mindless activity and their chatter lightened his mood as Sara had intended. She knew him as well as Whit, maybe better. Each time he caught the concern, he reassured her with a smile. He’d be fine.

Whit played his get-out-of-jail card and freed his cannon. “Hear what’s going in next door to us?”


“An art gallery.”

“Yeah?” Trevor adjusted the ice pack on his knee.

“Place called Nature Waits.”

“Waits for what?”

Whit shrugged. “Have to ask the lady sculptor.”

“Won’t exactly draw for our kind of customer.”

“At least it won’t compete.” Sara rolled the dice and moved her pewter shoe. “Another outfitter could have gone in. I’ll buy Park Place.”

Both men mouthed, “I’ll buy Park Place.”

She shot them a smile.

Two hours later, she had bankrupted them with her thoughtful loans and exorbitant use of hotels on prime properties. He closed the door behind them, and it hit. He raised the toilet seat and threw up, then pressed his back to the wall and rested his head, breathing deeply. The shaking returned, and this time he couldn’t blame adrenaline. He had literally puffed the life back into that tiny body. If that child had died in his arms…

Midst came their mighty Paramount, and seemed
Alone th’ antagonist of Heaven, nor less
Than Hell’s dread Emperor, with pomp supreme,
And god-like imitated state.

Child snatched from lion’s jaws. Two-year-old spared in deadly attack. Rescuer Trevor MacDaniel, champion of innocents, protector of life. Cameras rolling, flashes flashing, earnest newscasters recounted the tale. “On this mountain, a miracle. What could have been a tragedy became a triumph through the courage of this man who challenged a mountain lion to save a toddler attacked while hiking with his father, center-fielder…”

He consumed the story in drunken drafts. Eyes swimming, he gazed upon the noble face, the commanding figure on the TV screen. In that chest beat valiance. In those hands lay salvation. His heart made a slow drum in his ears. A spark ignited, purpose quickening.

Years he’d waited. He spread his own marred hands, instruments of instruction, of destruction. With slow deliberation, he closed them into fists. What use was darkness if not to try the light?


Excerpted from Indelible by Kristen Heitzmann Copyright © 2011 by Kristen Heitzmann. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, Inc.
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Kristen Heitzmann’s gift of crafting stories has ranked her as the award-winning and best-selling author of historical series and more than ten contemporary, psychological and romantic-suspense novels, including Indivisible. An artist and musician, Kristen lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her husband and a continuous stream of extended family, various pets, and wildlife.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book I thought it would be cheesy. For months I would look at it and refused to get it. Finally I gave in and decided I would try it. I was blown away. Kristen Heitzman tells an incredible story about love and lost and how we can find a savior. It is beautifully written and keeps you reading into the night. Indelible is a mix between Ted Dekker and Robin Jones Gunn. A quote from the book: "Maybe there were miracles, and mere men could participate." I would definitely recommend this book. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kristen Hietzmann is a suspense writer of the best kind. Her fast paced novels keep the reader on the edge of their seat from the first page until the last one. I read this one in two days... hardly coming up for food or sleep in the meantime. This novel comes after Indivisible, and even now, thinking about a novel I read months ago, my adrenaline starts pumping. Since I read the first one first, I can not say if it would have been different if I had not. Although it probably adds depth to the story, I don't think it is necessary to read one before the other. The topics Kristen chooses to write about are not the normal, humdrum everyday life type of topics, and yet they are there. The main characters, Trevor MacDaniel, and Natalie Reeve are strong people. Trevor is search and rescue and the first page has him fighting a cougar to save a child. But Trevor is vulnerable, and has a hard time when faced with a child's pain. Natalie has a rare mental condition called eidetic memory which causes her to remember more than is good for anyone, and struggles with it and with relationships. I am definitely a pushover for heroes, and since Kristen writes about heroes, she is one of my favorite authors. The story flows well, though fast, and the only thing I regret is that of turning the last page, reading the last word. She makes you feel as if you can see the scenes happening, and that you are right there. Not for the faint of heart and not an easy feel good cozy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read! One of her best!
gccbookworm More than 1 year ago
An interesting book from author Kristen Heitzmann called "Indelible" started off so quickly I had to stop to get my bearings. I felt there was more to the story that I should have known before I started that's when I discovered there was a book before this one. Once I understood the characters and Heitzmann's writing style I really got into the book. A search and rescue volunteer, Trevor MacDaniel, rescues a toddler from a mountain lion. The toddler's aunt, Natalie, has just moved to Redford and is opening her art studio in the same building as MacDaniel's outfitter store. Natalie has an unusual disability and uses sculpturing as a release. Together they discover their weaknesses and strengths as a menace, targeting the helpless, targets Trevor. Who is it and why are the questions they frantically search to answer before he/she strikes again. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Waterbrook, to review for free.
SarahTrueGold More than 1 year ago
Natalie has a gift; or is it a curse? Her eidetic memory allows her to capture emotion into her sculptures like no one else. But when Trevor McDaniel, a search and rescue volunteer, recovers her nephew, Cody, from the jaws of a mountain lion and the toddler is left in the care of Natalie, and she wonders, with this “gift”, if she’s fit to take care of Cody by herself. Trevor’s strong protector quality drives him to take Cody under his wing and meanwhile, a budding romance forms between him and Natalie. Trevor struggles with breaking free from his own past, and tries to compensate by helping Cody face his fears. A psychotic stalker is somewhere in their midst, deep in the shadows. First blackmailing Trevor, then threatening closer and closer to home, putting helpless victims at risk until it finally goes too far. Can they face their own fears and work together to put this twisted man’s actions to an end before it’s too late? I was excited to read this book, as it is a sequel to Kristen Heitzmann’s previous novel, Indivisible. It was great to see characters from that book make reappearances in this book. But, for this reason, some of the parts may be a bit confusing for someone who has never read this book’s prequel. Kristen is one of my favorite authors for several reasons: her plot lines are complex, her writing is unique and visual, she always creates likable characters, and the way she writes dialogue is natural and believable. She is a master at making the reader feel exactly what the characters are feeling. Each of her stories features a tough and athletic hero, and an elegant and artsy heroine. This book is no exception. The only problem I have with her books is that she makes characters drink wine. This is a very controversial subject, which is why it’s not usually mentioned in Christian books. I personally don’t like that she does this, as I don’t drink at all. I do like, however, how the story is kicked off with a bang, the action starting on the very first page and pulling me in right away. The rest of the story was not a letdown either, it held my attention all the way though. One thing that separates Kristen Heitzmann from other authors is her ability to get you inside of an emotionally disturbed person’s head. Her writing from this perspective is downright creepy and really sets the mood. Not for the faint-hearted! If you love romance, suspense, and psychological thrillers, you’ll love Kristen Heitzmann!
SelaBear More than 1 year ago
Another book read on my Kindle. The formatting was a little strange, but I managed to figure it out anyway. I liked this book, but there were several things that I did not like, dragging my overall rating down to a three out of five. I liked the idea and individual character traits of each of the characters, but for a book this length, there were too many characters that the author tried to give depth to. The author has an interesting, almost poetic, writing style, but the sections written from the adversary’s point of view were extremely confusing and did not make any sense at all. That could have been the goal, but it was really hard to tell. The ending, ah the ending! If a book doesn’t have a good ending, it ruins the rest of the book for me. This book had a decent ending, but it was rushed and and left a lot of details hanging instead of tying them up nice and pretty. There was only one chapter after the climax, and I felt like there could have been a lot more said. Would I read it again? Nah. Would I recommend it? Only if you really like to read, and like to read fast. Otherwise, don’t bother. There are so many better books to choose from. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Kellie4 More than 1 year ago
Indelible by Kristen Heitzmann was awesome! I am so glad I got to read this book. I skimmed some reviews before requesting to read it myself and was not disappointed by what people had to say. The plot for this book was very different than any I have ever read and really kept my focus and attention. Natalie is the main character and has an Eidetic memory, where she keeps seeing something as though it is still there. Her way of coping with this is to sculpt the images she sees into clay. Once she sculpts the images, they go away and she is able to “see” again. She believes this gift to be from God, a way of seeing things as he does. The images she sees have an indelible (making marks that can’t be removed-had to look that one up!) imprint until it is transferred to the clay. Trevor, the other main characters is a well-known Olympic skier, who no longer skis due to an accident. He has a gift as well. Helping people. The strange part about this book is that before the end of each chapter, there is a separate “writing” from what appears to be a “demon”. This person is confused and lost and is looking for “help” in the only way he knows how. These sections before the end of each chapter were written with a different “language” from the rest of the book and therefore, a little confusing to follow. Overall, I loved this book and would recommend it to anyway. I can’t wait to read the other book available by Kristen Heitzmann. I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books program.
Lilibet_King More than 1 year ago
Indelible by Kristen Heitzmann is the story of gifted sculptor Natalie Reeve and adventure outfitter Trevor MacDaniel. Their paths first cross when Trevor rescues Natalie¿s nephew from a mountain lion attack. Later it turns out that Natalie has just opened an art studio next to Trevor¿s outfitter shop. While Natalie worries about her nephew¿s injuries, Trevor is receiving mysterious photos from an anonymous stalker. The pictures become increasingly disturbing, and Trevor and Chief of Police Jonah Westfall race to solve this riddle. Trevor has his own issues to resolve as well. What makes this book unique is that Natalie is not just gifted, but troubled. She has an eidetic memory, and sometimes suffers from visual overload. She uses clay to work through her problems, resulting in troublingly honest sculptures that she does not show to anyone. Heitzmann does an excellent job with her characters, showing how difficult it is for Natalie to admit that her eidetic memory causes problems for her, and how Trevor struggles with a secret from his past. Her portrayals make the characters fascintating. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group Blogging for Books program for this review.
ElizabethShoults More than 1 year ago
Indelible by Kristen Heitzmann is a suspense book with a little romance in its. Set in the Rocky Mountains there is a sculptor whose name is Natalie Reeve. Natalie Reeve's special talent for her sculpting is that she has an eidetic (photographic) memory, so when she is doing a sculpture of a person she can remember every detail of the person's face, and that when sculpts tat God would see she sculpts the person how God sees them. Trevor MacDaniel is a former Olympian skier owns an outfitter store. Trevor has a rough past, his younger brother died and his dad left when Trevor when he was little. To add to this there is a stalker, previous relationship issues and more. In this book there was a lot of drama and it made for a confusing read. If Kristen had focused on maybe two of these points it would have been a better read. I do not recommend to read this book.
ainnir_bard More than 1 year ago
As the title of the review suggests, I had a very hard time putting this book down! (I would recommend that you read this book after "Indivisible" to keep current with past characters. I really found the main characters struggle with reading faces with ease, but the need to expel those images very intriguing.
JamieLittle More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book. The suspense and mystery were thoroughly engaging and the way the relationship between Trevor and Natalie unraveled was intense. I loved seeing how the characters changed as the story progressed and I wished that I could join them in their small town. In some ways, the book felt a bit like a Ted Dekker novel mixed with a Christian romance novel; it had the best of both worlds. This book would appeal to male and female readers alike because it combines the love story with mystery and action. I think I¿ll probably end up passing this one onto my husband! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.
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MSaff More than 1 year ago
"Indelible", is the perfect title for this latest novel, by Kristen Heitzmann. The story opens with the search for an elderly couple, interrupted by the tracking of a Mountain Lion with a toddler in it's jaws. Trevor MacDaniel and Whit, his long time friend and Outdoorsman partner find themselves going after and eventually freeing the toddler from certain death. Then there's Natalie, a gifted sculptor with what could be described and a curse as everything she looks at ends up building in her mind, not allowing her to concentrate on anything else until she releases the images by sculpting them. Then there's another character who just happens to be blind and a wonderful artist to boot. Sounds like an interesting group, but there's more to the story than that. There is also some evil demons in the mix. Trevor is being stalked by just one of those demons and it may have to do with something from his past. Wonderfully written and a great story, "Indelible", will take the reader on a roller coaster of emotions. There's adventure, mystery, drama and even a love story brewing in the story. Heitzmann certainly knows how to keep the reader glued to the pages of this intriguing story. As each page is turned you will not be able to put this book down. Why? Because with each turn of the page the story sucks you in even deeper. Can you figure out what is going to happen next? Only the reader will be able to answer that question. Bravo to Kristen Heitzmann and to "Indelible".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was alright... Not really the type of story I'm into. If you're into stories about family, being happy with yourself, and some love this would be for you. The main people are Trevor and Natalie they pretty much came over their problems and then fell in love with each other. Short review I know but it took me forever to read because I wasn't really into the story. Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for giving me a free copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello, there! I've recently gotten a book from the wonderful people at Waterbrook Publishing (note: I recieved this book for free and I am under no legal obligation to give this book a good review) The book, "Indelible" by Kristen Heitzmann was a riveting book. The book begins with a dangerous mission of a park ranger out to rescue a toddler from a mountain lion. When he succeeds, it begins a long chain of events that include the meeting of a Natalie Reeve. They work together throughout the novel. This book was quite entertaining and I'd give it a good four out of five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Indelible is a book written by Kristen Heitzmann. And it a amazing. Although i believe that it not the first book in its' series it reads just as well by itself without the other ones. The story starts off with a bang and never stops. A close call with a mountain lion, a strangly gifted protaganist, and a slightly strange stalker who reads one of my favorite books, Paradise Lost. Add that with a former star athlete and a cute little kid named Cody you have the recipe for a great thriller, love story, or crime novel. It realy is all of that in one. The protral of the antagonist is very intresting as well. All throughout the book we, the readers, are given small pictures of the story through the stalkers eyes. These snipets are small but they greatly inhance the supence and keep the story rolling to a great finish. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Ziff130 More than 1 year ago
Trevor, a search and rescue volunteer, rescues a toddler from the jaws of a mountain lion because of his need to save people from a dramatic experience from his childhood. Natalie, a very talented sculptor with eidetic memory, is new to this small mountain town and trying to make it on her own without having to rely so much on her brother. Trevor and Natalie find their lives entwined as something evil threatens the peace of their small community and Trevor and Natalie are both challenged in ways they never imagined. I truly enjoyed every page of this book. It had me glued to it from the beginning and at the end I was flipping the page trying to find more... anything! I wanted it to keep going. I did feel that there were some minor plot lines that were left unanswered -- they were minor but still enough to annoy me. Other than that... I can find nothing to complain about this book. The characters were all original and fun. My poor husband and mom were probably so excited for me to be finished so that I'd stop talking to them about it and maybe wash some dishes for my family. Yeah, it was one of those books for me. I loved it! I received this complimentary copy of Indelible from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Indelible is one of those books that you can't put down till you get enough of it. It's one of those books that you have to think over at night because it's SO addicting. Indelible intertwines Christianity, adventure, suspense, and romance. It's a great read and I think lots of people will love this book! Trevor MacDaniel and Natalie Reeve are the main characters in the book. Trevor saves a tod from a mountain lion and because of that he gets to meet Natalie a sculptor. From there lots of thing happen that endanger Trevor and Natalie and gives the reader a story. A great book worth reading! I received this free book from Water brook publishing in exchange for an honest review.
AAR More than 1 year ago
INDELIBLE by Kristen Heitzman is an interesting psychological and romantic/suspense novel set in the Westfall c ommunity. It is well written with depth and details.The characters are engaging,charming and daring. It has mystery,drama,a little romance,faith, a daring rescue,mysterious happenings, epidetic memory(when a person can transfer faces and emotions of people onto sculpture,danger,a damaged soul,and helping the innocent.When Natalie meets revor,he has just saved her young nephrew from a Cougar attack.They become attracted to each other.Natalie has epidetic which Trevor finds interesting.Trevor has a damaged past,he would like to forget. There is danger in the community while a damaged soul try to connect to Trevor,he believes is his archangel. This is a fast paced story that will capture your heart and your attention from the first page to the last. This is a faith based story but is not a preachy story. A must read for any romantic suspense,inspriational,and contemporary romance readers. This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher.Details can be found at Waterbrook and My Book Addiction Reviews.
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
"INDELIBLE" BY KRISTEN HEITZMANN Daring rescues, mysterious happenings, and a potential for romance. Kristen Heitzmann's novel is a prize. Trevor McDaniel soon finds himself in a fight to save the innocent and helpless of the Westfall community from a disturbed and damaged soul. A great read! One you won't want to miss! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
luv2read-kmg More than 1 year ago
Indelible by Kristen Heitzman is a great read! The main character, Natalie, has an eidetic memory which enables her to transfer the faces and emotions of people she sees to a sculpture with uncanny accuracy. Then there is Fleur who is blind but is able to paint beautiful prints. Trevor was once a gold medalists skier but lost his ability to compete due to a freak accident. Now Trevor owns an outfitters store next to Natalie's art gallery. Both Natalie and Trevor are thrown together when Trevor, ever the hero, rescues her nephew from the jaws of a cougar (literally). The author brings all these lively characters together realistically when Trevor begins receiving weird photos from a supposed stalker. From the first few pages, I was hooked. I love a little romance mixed with suspense and drama. This book definitely has this. It is not a light read, very intense. The only disappointment I found was that it did hint to a past life of Trevor's that was definitely not Christian. I realize that it was in his past but the author did not really portray him as being extremely sorrow for it. Sometimes as Christians we do tend to treat sin lightly but it is just the opposite. I received this book free from the publisher through Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
DSaff More than 1 year ago
A mountain lion grabs the baby of a hiker, and Trevor MacDaniel rushes to save him. From this action packed beginning, Kristin Heitzmann keeps her readers glued to the page. Natalie Reeve has come to Redford to open an art gallery. She meets Trevor through the attack on her nephew, Cody, which sets an interesting relationship in motion. Natalie is haunted by her eidactic memory, one that makes her work out what she sees in clay, while Trevor is trying to bury a tragedy from his past. How can they get past these challenges and develop a friendship? Because of the attack, there is a rift between Natalie and her family. Will they reunite? As Trevor and Natalie navigate their way to a friendship, an evil presence enters town and Trevor begins receiving pictures of children in trouble. Who/what is this evil person after? What is going on with the children in the pictures? Ms. Heitzmann uses quotes from "Paradise Lost" to introduce moments with this evil one, and the suspense those quotations help create will keep you on the edge of your seat! I really enjoyed this book for multiple reasons. It is well written with realistic characters, there is action and suspense, and I was able to reconnect with characters I enjoyed in "Indivisible" (i.e. Chief Jonah Westfall, Tia Manning Westfall, and Sarge). This book is for all suspense/mystery lovers! I received the copy I read on my Nook from the Blogging for Books program, and thank them for it.