Monday, July 7, 2008

"The Edge of Recall" Book Review and Giveaway!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Edge Of Recall

(Bethany House July 1, 2008)


Kristen Heitzmann


Of her three main interests, art, music and writing, she chose to study English at the University of Colorado and thrived on Creative Writing and Literature classes. She married her husband Jim, and turned her energy to building a family. They have four children whom they have home schooled for all or most of their education. Kristen is a music minister with the ecumenical covenant community People of Praise.

Once she realized the stories in her head were truly a calling from the Lord, she made writing not just a passion, but a ministry. She has written seven historical fiction novels as part of the The Rocky Mountain Legacy series, the Diamond of the Rockies series, and the Christy Award winner Secrets. Most recently, she has written several contemporary fiction novels, including Echoes, Freefall and Unforgotten.

Kristen and her husband, Jim, and their family live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she serves as worship leader in their church.


Tessa Young, an up-and-coming landscape architect who specializes in the design and creation of labyrinths, has immersed herself in the mythological, spiritual, and healing aspects of the elaborate structures. She also is searching for God and hoping to make sense of the nightmares that have plagued her since childhood.

When Smith Chandler, an estranged colleague--with whom she'd half fallen in love a dozen times before catching herself every time--calls to propose a project he claims is the opportunity of a lifetime, she reluctantly agrees to check it out. Smith is reconstructing a pre-Revolutionary War abbey for wealthy clients. Among its remarkable features is an overgrown labyrinth.

Unable to resist, Tessa accepts his offer to work with him. Soon she is immersed in the project of a lifetime. But one evening, after weeks of work in the labyrinth, Tessa and Smith are attacked. While protecting Tessa, Smith is stabbed, and the nightmare begins...again.

If You would like to read the first chapter, go HERE

I was not sure what to expect from this book, but the concept seemed very interesting. It turns out that Kristin manages to take this concept and write a book that kept me intrigued from the beginning. There were many twists and turns that pulled me along through the story and toward the end I was more enraptured than ever. I'm not quite sure how Kristin did it, but she managed to write a story that was very intellectual and very enjoyable at the same time. The characters were great and believable and who else could make a bad guy so sympathetic (but that is all I can say about that...) I will give away a copy of this book so leave a comment telling me if you have ever walked a labyrinth and what you thought of it. Be sure to leave your email address because I remove your entry if there is no email on it - Good Luck!


kamewh said...

I have never walked a labyrinth- would love to though!

Lindsey said...

I've never even seen a labyrinth... but I would definitely be game! :-) Better add walking a labyrinth to my list of things I want to do before I die. ;-) I would love to read this - please enter me in the drawing!


ladyufshalott at yahoo dot com

Lora Lease said...

I've never walked a labrynth, but in Granby Colorado, they used to have super fun, timed mazes. The kids and I loved to compete in these, or just go through together (they changed them all the time, so it was always new and difficult). Lots of laughs, lots of good memories. :) Please enter me in the drawing!

Stacey said...

Great question, Janna! I have never walked a labyrinth, although when I was younger, I used to pretend that our neighbor's bushes was one. :) I think it would be fascinating... Please enter my name for the drawing. Thanks.


traveler said...

I have never walked a labyrinth although I did walk through the Carlsbad Caverns which seemed like a vortex and took forever. Quite an experience. Thanks for this great giveaway.

Judy said...

I've never walked a labyrinth, but would love to try. Thanks for offering a copy of this book and please enter me in the drawing.

Anonymous said...

It would be an interesting experience to walk a labyrinth. This book looks wonderful.Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

What a great review of this novel. Would enjoy reading this book. I have never walked a labyrinth. Thanks for the delightful giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Does a corn maze count? I'm not sure what the difference is but this book sounds interesting. Please put my name in the drawing!

Angela Hipp

Theresa N. said...

I've never been in one, but have always wanted too. I love to garden and if my yard was large enough I know I'd plant one.
Theresa N

lisa said...

please enter me...i'd love to win this one!


ldneuhof (at) hotmail (dot) com

Carolynn W. said...

I've never walked in a labyrinth but I would love too. I actually had to google the word to find out what it meant! I've never heard of it before...but it sounds like something I would love to do!
Thanks for the chance to win the book!

Carolynn W. said...

I forgot to add my email addy: carolynnwald[at]hotmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

I've heard some really good things about this book!! I have never walked in a labyrinth before. Thank you for the chance to win.


windycindy said...

Happy Friday! I enjoy landscaping and have visited many Labyrinths. The relationship between Tessa and Chandler Smith sounds very interesting. Please enter me in your delightful book drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

Anonymous said...

I have never walked a labryth, but would love to win this book and read about the escapade.

Jodi said...

I have never walked a labyrinth, but would like to.

Patty said...

My only labyrinth was like someone already mentioned, a corn maze around Halloween. We took the young adults/college sunday school class from church and had a great time, except for the guys hiding with chainsaws and jumping out. I would love to win this book. Kristin is a wonderful author. I just love her books.


Anonymous said...

I've never walked a labyrinth, but sure would like to someday! Please enter me in the drawing for this wonderful book! Thanks!

Deborah Piccurelli

Cheryl said...

I have never walked a labyrinth. It sounds like fun. Please enter me in the contest. My email address is shryackmom[@]charter[.]net

Donna M said...

There is a maze in the Stockyard in FortWorth and I have walked through that along with a corn maze so if those count then yes I have. I have to say i don't like the anxiety that I feel and the fear of not finding my way out. I love Kristen's books so please enter me in the contest to win this one. runninmama[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

Cherie J said...

I have never walked a labyrinth but would love to someday.


Karen said...

I have never even seen a labrynth but would love to walk one someday.
It would be a dream come true.
Until then, please enter me in the contest for this book.


ladystorm said...

Oh, this so sounds like my kind of book. Please enter me.

ladystorm282001 at yahoo dot com

Mary Jo said...

We took a group of kids to a corn maze last year. Of my ten kids, I got separated from seven of them! (They were with another sponsor though!)

Please enter me in your drawing.

Mary Jo Robertson
rcmjrobertson (at)sbcglobal (dot) net

bigguysmama said...

Janna, I have no idea how I missed this giveaway and review! I have never done a labyrinth! I think I'd be too afraid of getting lost and no one around to help me get out. I love seeing the ones that are actually pictures, not just random mazes!

If you're still doing the giveaway, please enter me.

Mimi B

mnjesusfreak at gmail dot come

Janna said...

And the winner is...

Deb Piccurelli!