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Told You So (Told You #1)

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This book shares an ISBN with Told You Twice

From the minute Grace Evangeline throws her sweet tea in Devin Bressard’s face, their battle of wits and cross-purposes overtakes their lives. Sassy “angelic” Grace Evangeline will stop at nothing to see her romance novel produced for Broadway. Devin Bressard knows all about the commercial success of Ms. Evangeline’s “novels”—as
ebook, 416 pages
Published November 2015 by bHd books
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Bobbie-Jo Ormsby There is so much banter between the two main characters,who are both independent, hard-headed, people who are stuck in their ways. They are always…moreThere is so much banter between the two main characters,who are both independent, hard-headed, people who are stuck in their ways. They are always going head to head in a battle of wits, trying to prove themselves (while at the same time falling for each other)... each trying to tell the other that they are right... read the book to find out more on who told who :) (less)

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Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I still remember reading my first novel by Kristen Heitzmann. It came about thanks to the INSPY Awards and the specific book was The Breath of Dawn. Needless to say and without getting into detail, I was wonderstruck by it. That was three years ago and since then, there has been nothing new from this talented author. Until now. Now, Kristen Heitzmann is revisiting the title of author in a big way: she has joined the ranks of Indie authors. Her first Indie book just released and is as delightful ...more
Pepper Basham
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a pleasure to add my review to the masses. Told You SO was my first Kristen Heitzmann book and it was a fantastic introduction. And even though my stomach clenched for 3 hours from the tension (and still hasn't released), I would happily pick up another by this author. It's edgy, make NO mistake - but it deals with authentic questions, answers, and life. We all need a Rescuer...even when we're not looking for one :-) Thanks Kristen, for this story! (Did I say that the ROMANCE is SUPERB!!! ...more
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am besotted.

Told You So is one of the few novels this year to leave me breathless and enraptured from start to finish. Kristen Heitzmann seized command of my emotions with the brilliance of her prose and characterization. Her style is a true homage to the love of words and exquisite emotional response they can evoke. Too complex to be categorized solely as a witty contemporary romance, there are wisps of suspense of drama that give readers substance to cling to and devour.

The magnetism that K
Amanda G. Stevens
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Grace Evangeline, successful romance novelist, has decided the next goal of her career. She wants her newest novel produced for the stage, and she wants Devin Bressard, also a playwright, to be the producer. In fact, she won't consider anyone else. When he pans her work to her face, she douses his (face, not work) with her glass of sweet tea, but she doesn't give up. She's going to prove him wrong not only about her novels, but also about the nature of art itself. Drama in real life does happen, ...more
I made the choice between four and five stars when I woke up this morning and Told You So was still on my mind.

Kristen Heitzmann's first independent release teems with the sparkling writing and plot twists her fans know to expect. And new readers, come prepared. This story, funny and dramatic and poignant as it is, comes with a dark edge or three.

...not weak but vulnerable...

In spite of larger-than-life characters and high-wire situations that most of us will never face, the depths this novel plumbs are very real. Just as h
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
When it comes to contemporary novels, there’s some that stand out to me in multiple ways because they are real and honest and this is one of those reads!

Grace loves Jesus. Not buts, she simply loves Jesus. One reason I love the character Heitzmann created, is she would be in my circle of friends (although some of the fashion references I had no clue. ha!). She’s real and she makes mistakes. Haven’t we all been there? We love Jesus with all our hearts and yet, we can make some not so stellar deci
Dec 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
This novel is not emblematic of KH's typical narrative skill. I have greatly enjoyed her previous stories, but this one is filled with contrived, over-the-top plot twists and dull (forced) chemistry between characters. The meta-novel frame for this story works against the tale rather than with it. The characters are cardboard flat. However, it is a testament to the author's natural writing skill that I kept reading. Although the novel lacks depth, it is not boring--just annoying. If you want ext ...more
Terry Conrad
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is my fourth book by this author. The first two I really liked The third wasn't a great story but I noted the writing was terrific. This book I honestly cannot find anything good to say. I read all reviews and am surprised at the reviews people will write when they like an author. Something may be unacceptable in one book but fine in another. As Christians, where is our consistency. The first two thirds of the book was poorly wriiten. Short choppy sentences and very hard to follow. The last ...more
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Wow- this book was so unexpected for me! I was completely unprepared for the emotional rollercoaster this book took me on, yet I loved it all. The beginning left me a little confused and lost at first, but I quickly got involved in the story and stayed up ALL night reading, lol. The characters were developed slowly, piece by piece, and I felt like I truly got to know them the longer the story went on. There was one "fade-to-black" scene that I wasn't too fond of, but it wasn't descripti
Elizabeth Goddard
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kristen Heitzmann excels at her craft, penning romances that outshine and stand apart. Her latest release, Told You So is no exception. She took me deeper than I could ever have imagined, cutting away layer after layer until the characters were laid bare, and me right along with them. Readers will be captivated and mesmerized by Heitzmann’s Told You So. —Elizabeth Goddard, award-winning author of the Mountain Cove romantic suspense series.
Jennifer Rodewald
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Witty, daring, engaging, and redeeming. Not your typical CF, and I loved it!
Susan Snodgrass
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I seriously do not think I have the words to describe how much I loved this book! Kristen Heitzmann has long been a favorite author of mine, reading some of her books twice. When I saw this one was coming, I was very happy to be able to read a wonderful book by her. And I was not disappointed.

Told You So is set in New York City. Devin is a play producer and Grace is a novelist. She writes books, romance books where the woman waits for marriage. She pitches one of her books to Devin, hoping he'll
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
One word: BANTER

Told You So is full of fabulous dialogue between the main characters – Grace and Devin. Every time they share a scene, their bickering steals the show. The back and forth is an expertly choreographed dance guaranteed to ramp up the romantic tension as well as keep a smile firmly on your face. You’ll definitely want to keep a fan handy too … and some facsimile of a fainting couch too.

That’s the thing about Told You So though – it’s incredibly sexy but the kisses aren’t even really
Courtney Clark
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Having been a fan of Kristen for a while, I was super excited to read something new from her. To describe this story as unexpected hardly begins to communicate what Kristen has penned between the pages.

This book is like nothing I’ve ever come across. Granted, every story is unique in some way, even those taking cliche plots and tweaking them to suit…. but this is something else. Maybe it’s the premise, the characters, the dramatic and out-of-left-field plot twist, or just Kristen Heitzmann in e
Carol Nicolas
Grace Evangeline is a young, popular, romance author who dreams of seeing one of her novels adapted for Broadway. So she meets with Devin Bressard, a successful playwright who writes literary, pessimistic plays. When he insults her writing, she throws her sweet tea in his face and vows to make his life miserable.
But then they are commissioned to write a play together, and the sparks begin to fly as they trade insults and slash with their verbal swords. Neither of them can deny the growing attra
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was the subject of some major discussions on a book lovers group that I am on. Since I love Kristen's books, and the discussion piqued my interest, I made this book move to the top of my "must read" pile. A sale on the book, made it move up even higher.
This book is not your typical christian fiction read, but I do not see how anyone could read it and think it was not Christian fiction. The unusual storyline about two different types of writers fascinated me.

As someone that grew up in
Lexie Stoneking
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
It takes a lot for me to hate a book. In fact, I don't even like saying the word hate. But this book......I hated. I will never understand how it got such a good review.

The first 1/3 of the book, the writing style was horrible. I had to put more thought and energy into understanding the writing than following the story line. Heitzmann jumped around so much and was never very descriptive. I felt like I was cracking a code trying to read the book. More than once, I had to go back and reread secti
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Told You So ( Told You Series -Book 1 )
Kristen Heitzmann

Told You So is the first book in Told You series. I hate to admit , but this is my first book to read by Kristen Heitzmann and I really did not know what to expect. Heitzmann did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the story and the characters. I will be reading more by my new author that I found. Kristen Heitzmann weaves a suspense plot in this romance comedy novel that brings laughter and at times tears to my eyes. She brings her characters
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Told You So is the first book I've read that is authored by Kristen Heitzmann. I didn't realize what I was missing! What I thought might be a light romance wasn't even close! Female protagonist, Grace Evangeline is an author of Christian fiction, filled with goodness and purity. Devin Bressard is the producer Grace has sought to produce her latest book on Broadway. Their ideas don't even come close to being on the "same page."

Told You So is written with depth, intensity and intellectual elements
Laura Van Nice
This book starts out quirky and fun, with characters you can't help but love, then ends up going deeper than you'd ever expect. Grace Evangeline is a successful romance author who dreams of taking her latest novel to the stage and Devin Bessard is just the playwright/producer she's pegged for the job. The problem is, he disdains her work - it's not "serious" enough for his artistic and brooding temperament. Sparks fly from the very beginning as they end up working together on a different project ...more
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow! I was so not expecting this story, my friends. It completely sucked me in and what a ride I was in for! A powerful look at choosing to forgive no matter what and how difficult that can be, yet how freeing. This story is certainly edgier than Ms. Heitzmann's others, yet do not let that deter you! Because the twists and turns of the plot held me captive and the chemistry between the key players in this story was felt in every line of dialogue and even more so in their unspoken body language. ...more
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Witty fun, and so much more!

I have to say this is a different style of writing from what Kristen Heitzmann normally writes. However, I really, really, really enjoyed it! It was humorous, witty, had some deeper truths and was overall just a really fun read! The characters get in your head, and the pages just fly!

This is a novel about imperfect people, hope, forgiveness and grace. Also, it's about the choices that we make in life and the reasons why we do what we do. When we mess up can we rest in
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Two days after finishing this, I am still unsure how to rate it. It was filled with a quirky cast of characters. I enjoyed the interactions between the characters most of the time, however while Grace & Devin were writing the play I had trouble following some of their conservations. I did not agree with Grace's choice not to tell Devin, this really bothered me. Story included laugh out loud moments and tense moments. I hate not finishing a book, so I kept going and was very glad that I did. ...more
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
The least enjoyable of Heitzmann for me. I like how she writes , maybe some would enjoy this one. But for me I hated it. The creative process the two went through just wasn't my thug, it didn't do it for me. I didn't find any romance in this to give me butterflies or any feeling. There was a bit of intrigue enough to finish the book. But without that I would've put it down. I do look forward to more books through because I usually love this author.
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story of real life - real faith - real issues. Loved the characters and their struggles. Great humor, excitement and a love story that leaves you wanting more. Which is a good thing, as there will be more! Thanks to Kristen Heitzmann for being a trailblazer for those of us who write reality fiction.
Loved it.
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Told You So is a fabulous read! I was captivated with the story from the start and was hooked til the end. I look forward to the next book of the series.
5 stars.
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it
My thoughts are all over the place with this book, so please forgive this review haha. It's enjoyable and readable, and Grace/Devin had some cute moments, but there was a lot that bothered me. I could not get a grasp on Grace or her decisions, when she was supposed to be a strong faith-based character. Everyone makes mistakes, but there was a lot of inconsistency between what she did and what she said, so I had a hard time supporting her. (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Grace is a wildly successful romance novel writer who is an advocate for virtue and purity. Devin is a literary snob who has produced a top Broadway play. Grace wants him to produce one of her novels as a Broadway play, but he laughs at her. She pours tea all over him. AND she decides to follow him to prove to him how wrong he is by pointing out all the things he is missing.

Grace unwittingly involves Eileen O'Hare, an independent producer and former stage star, and before she knows it she and De
barbara lioce
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story about fascinating characters, ever changing events in their lives,and totally unexpected happenings and secrets revealed!

Loved the ever changing events - so unexpected! Each character captivates you as their layers unfold! Loved the way moral issues were handled!
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rarely a book comes along that you feel driven to read, that doesn't leave the forefront of you mind for very long. For me, Told You So by Kristen Heitzmann was that book.

I had heard about it through an online group, it had created a bit of controversy in the group and my curiosity got the best of me and I traveled over to Amazon to read the sample chapters. The chapters hooked me to the point I bought the Kindle version.

If you have read here any length of time, you know I typically do not pur
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Apr 15, 2016 03:52PM  
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Kristen Heitzmann is the award winning author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical series. An artist and musician, she'll also be found hiking the Rocky Mountain trails.
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