Love is a journey, never a destination ~ Author Kourtney Heintz
Imagine for a moment how life would change if you possessed telepathic power. If you could hear the thoughts and feel the emotions of everyone around you, within a half-mile radius. Blessing or curse?
Now complicate this scenario and put yourself in the most densely-populated urban area in the United States: Manhattan. Thousands of voices swirling through your mind, day after day. How do you filter it? How do you keep it from dominating your life? This is Kai Richter’s reality in The Six Train to Wisconsin, and it’s rapidly spiraling out of control.
Realizing his wife is teetering on the brink of insanity, Oliver Richter can think of only one way to save her. With the help of a drug-enhanced glass of wine and a pair of handcuffs, he whisks her away to a remote Midwestern village deep in the woods of northern Wisconsin.
But it’s not quite happily ever after. In his hometown of Butternut, Oliver must face an angry, resentful wife, an ex-girlfriend who seems intent on sinking her hooks into him, and of course, the demons of his past that compelled him to flee a decade ago.
I’ve been a fan of romance novels, or any story with romantic elements, all my life. It’s the allure of two people who want to be together, but can’t, or shouldn’t, that draws me in. I invest in the characters and cling to the hope that somewhere in the final pages, against the odds, the pair will find a way to make it work.
The Six Train to Wisconsin defies this familiar formula. Instead of keeping our hero and heroine apart until the very end, this is the story of two people who’ve already committed to each other. Their struggle is about overcoming obstacles in order to stay together.
Told through alternating points of view, the novel follows their healing journey through the frigid Wisconsin winter. Along the way, we experience Kai’s tortured, telepathic mind firsthand. We meet new characters — some living, some dead — through Kai’s dreamwalking, in a unique blend of reality and fantasy.
The Six Train to Wisconsin is first and foremost a love story. It’s about working through real life problems, loving the one you’re with, and the value we place on commitment. It explores the themes of loss, grief, and healing, and ultimately, forgiveness and acceptance.
Kourtney Heintz’s debut novel, The Six Train to Wisconsin, is a 2013 USA Best Book Awards finalist and was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semifinalist in 2012.