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I am going to urge you in the strongest possible terms to buy
and read INDIVISIBLE by Kristen Heitzmann. Heitzmann’s name
might be unfamiliar to you, although she has written two historical
series and eight contemporary romantic suspense novels, including
the award-winning SECRETS. This current book is a true reflection
of the breadth and depth of her talent. Heitzmann’s work in
general is informed by a Christian spirituality, and INDIVISIBLE is
no exception. What she accordingly accomplishes here could be
classified as rare and remarkable. Without resorting to graphic
language, explicit sex, or violent mayhem, she creates scenes that
are softly sensual and tension-filled, wrapped within a
character-driven and ultimately uplifting mystery.

The driving theme of INDIVISIBLE is forgiveness, not only of
others but of oneself. Jonah Westfall is the second-generation
police chief of Redford, Colorado, a small mountain town that is
inwardly tranquil but that pulsates with hidden secrets both old
and recent. Westfall is a recovering alcoholic who continues to
harbor guilt over a past act that keeps him from Tia Manning, the
only woman he has ever truly loved, a woman who has erected
barriers of her own against Westfall. As is quickly made clear,
Westfall is considered by women to be extremely attractive, and
they make no secret of it to him. Yet he only has eyes for Manning,
who harbors a shame of her own for an act that has ostracized her
from her family. Both are slowly drawn back into the world.

For Westfall, his guide is Jay, who aided him in his first
painful steps into recovery and beyond. Manning is drawn by the
seemingly naïve Piper, a young woman who rents a room from
Manning and who befriends her. Piper plays a secondary but
nonetheless important role in the lives of several people,
including the crusty owner of the bakery where she works and a
reclusive germaphobe who frequents the bakery, attracted at first
by the pastries and later by the help at the counter. Prayer plays
an important part in these characters’ lives as well --- more
so perhaps for Manning than for Westfall, at least at first --- as
they tentatively but gradually reach back for each other. It takes
two of Westfall’s police investigations, however, to provide
a tipping point for Westfall and for Manning.

Someone is leaving animals, mutilated in a grotesque manner,
around Rockford. Additionally, a rising drug threat has invaded the
city, with repercussions that reach into Redford’s police
department and Westfall’s command. While both crises
ultimately place Manning and Westfall in danger, in different ways,
they also provide them with the means to reach out to each other,
if they have the courage to do so and the faith to place themselves
in the hands of a Higher Power.

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

Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on January 22, 2011

by Kristen Heitzmann

  • Publication Date: May 4, 2010
  • Genres: Fiction, Psychological Suspense
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press
  • ISBN-10: 140007309X
  • ISBN-13: 9781400073092