When I thumbed through my newly arrived, autographed copy of Frozen Footprints (thank you, Therese Heckenkamp!), I was excited to see the book that was going to be one of my “summer readers.” I had no intention of reading it upon its arrival as I was knee-deep in a few editing projects and really did not have the time. Mostly I wanted to stoke my anticipation which, for me, is always part of the excitement of lining up books to read.
I read the first sentence and could not stop.
One sentence and I was hooked.
So, I sat and read and pushed my editing projects from my thoughts since I didn’t want them crowding out the sheer pleasure I was finding in Heckenkamp’s book.
Frozen Footprints is the story of 18 year old twin siblings Charlene and Max Perigard who have spent the better part of their years under their wealthy grandfather’s thumb. Sure, they drive nice cars and have lots of goodies, but still there is a sadness in their lives that makes the reader understand that money really isn’t everything. All this comes out without the author getting preachy or high-and-mighty. (Good stuff.)
Being quite in sync with her twin, Charlene is a lone voice of concern about Max’s disappearance. Try as she might, though, no one will listen and take her concerns seriously. Thus, she finds herself in the midst of a very real, quite harrowing kidnapping saga.
Heckenkamp’s descriptions of scenes, events, and feelings weaves a great tale—one that will keep you turning pages long after you should have closed the book and gotten back to your work obligations. LOL! Never overt, Heckenkamp has used the story of the perils of Charlene and Max to bring an interesting and believable aspect of the faith into the dialogue between the main characters and even in a particularly chilling scene (sorry, you’ll have to read it to see what scene I am referring to).
With my editing projects patiently waiting for completion, I have learned that while another of Heckenkamp’s books is beckoning to me, I will not—I refuse to—open Past Suspicion and read even one sentence until my projects are complete. Talk about incentive!
If you want to get a jump start on your summer reading list, you really do want a copy of Frozen Footprints by Therese Heckenkamp—but I can’t promise that by the time summer rolls around you won’t be needing another book!