The Six Train to Wisconsin

Volume 1

Fiction - Paranormal
427 Pages
Reviewed on 12/15/2013
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Author Biography

Kourtney Heintz writes award winning cross-genre fiction that melds speculative fiction, mystery, thriller, and literary into an unforgettable love story. For her characters, love is a journey never a destination.
She resides in Connecticut with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, her supportive parents and three quirky golden retrievers. Years of working on Wall Street provided the perfect backdrop for her imagination to run amuck at night, imagining a world where out-of-control telepathy and buried secrets collide.
Her debut novel, The Six Train to Wisconsin, is a 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner, 2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards Bronze Winner, 2013 USA Best Book Awards Finalist, a 2014 EPIC Ebook Awards Finalist, 2014 International Book Awards Finalist, and a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semifinalist.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite

In The Six Train to Wisconsin by Kourtney Heintz, Oliver and Kai seem like your average couple living in New York City; he is a financial adviser and she helps at risk children. But there's more to the two of them than what first meets the eye. Kai is a telepathic and the pressures of blocking out eight million voices is beginning to get to her. After a particularly bad night, Oliver takes her away from the city and to his childhood home in Butternut, Wisconsin, but there is more to that small town than you think.

The Six Train to Wisconsin is one of those novels that has blurbs all over the back saying things like 'evocative', and 'brilliant', and 'I couldn't put it down' - praise that is well deserved. A richly layered novel, The Six Train to Wisconsin gently pushes at the reader's expectations, then exceeds them, turning what could almost become kitschy in more inexperienced hands to something with an almost literary bent (if the literary genre ever decided to dabble in the paranormal).

It was an enjoyable read, and I can see why The Six Train to Wisconsin was the 2012 semifinalist for Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. My only complaint is that I wish the ending had stretched on a little longer. I was dying to know how everything was resolved with the characters but who knows, maybe I’ll get lucky and Ms. Heintz will pen a sequel (both fingers crossed).

Mamta Madhavan

The Six Train to Wisconsin (Volume 1) by Kourtney Heintz is the story of Kai and her husband Oliver. They share an amazing relationship based on love, respect, devotion, and acceptance. Oliver is the keeper of Kai's secrets. It is at a time in their peaceful life that Kai's telepathy gets out of control. In a bid to save her, Oliver takes her back to Butternut, Wisconsin, his hometown. Many of his past secrets are buried in that town and the past never dies. It keeps cropping up at inappropriate moments.

The story is a compelling read. It takes you to a different plane. Being telepathic or psychic is different. Readers can experience Kai's paranormal powers in the story, setting her apart from the rest of the characters. It is thrilling to know that one can access the thoughts and space of another person. The author has love, adventure, intrigue, sacrifice, and acceptance all woven together to make a riveting story. The plot alternates between Kai and Oliver telling their story in first person. The book is action packed and fast paced. The writing is crisp. The characters, plot, and subplot are described well. Both the characters, Oliver and Kai, and their story keep readers glued to the pages. The story has a fantasy-like, surreal element running through it. Will Oliver and Kai be able to hold their lives together amid all the drama? This is a thrilling novel with an original theme.

Kathryn Bennett

The Six Train to Wisconsin by Kourtney Heintz reminds us that sometimes when you save the person you love it can cost you everything else. Oliver has one person that means the most to him in the world; the woman he loves, Kai his wife. Kai is also a telepath and when her abilities start to spiral out of control Oliver takes her to Butternut, Wisconsin, a town he long left behind along with the secrets of the past. What was supposed to be a trip to keep Kai safe becomes a journey for Kai to save Oliver before he is overtaken by the secrets of the past. Does love conquer all?

I love paranormal and, as someone who grew up in Minnesota, the idea that one of the settings in this book was Wisconsin appealed to me. I always like being able to identify places when I am reading. The story itself is compelling and interesting. Kourtney Heintz is able to transport you into a world and invest you in the characters within the first chapter. I know I found myself rooting for the characters and seeing the devotion between them right away. Oliver would literally do anything for Kai and she in turn is devoted to having a future with him. This story as a whole is going to stay with me for a while and I do not find many paranormals that I will say that about. The way that the fantasy aspect is wrapped into the real world and the very real love between the characters is seamless. For me it was the glue that held this story together.

Sue Dreamwalker

Reading this wonderful review Kourtney and all those awards makes me even prouder of having you as a blogging friend.. LOL... Imagination is our Power Tool, and with it we can let our mind have free rein . But what you do is create.. and by the sounds of your book Kourtney you have created a Brilliant story which is both captivating and mystic .. Telepathy is out there.. and ALL things Are Possible,, ;-) For what we think.. we create :-)

Well done, and Congratulations..
Much Love Sue