A Rush of Wings (A Rush of Wings Book #1): A Novel

A Rush of Wings (A Rush of Wings Book #1): A Novel

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by Kristen Heitzmann

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When fragmented images and unfocused panic force Noelle St. Claire to flee her wealthy, sheltered life in New York, she gains sanctuary on a ranch in the Rocky Mountains.
There Noelle finds solace in the breathtaking scenery she paints. But as the attentions of two brothers, Rick and Morgan Spencer, breach the wall she hides behind, the past she yearns to escape


When fragmented images and unfocused panic force Noelle St. Claire to flee her wealthy, sheltered life in New York, she gains sanctuary on a ranch in the Rocky Mountains.
There Noelle finds solace in the breathtaking scenery she paints. But as the attentions of two brothers, Rick and Morgan Spencer, breach the wall she hides behind, the past she yearns to escape becomes a menacing threat from which she can no longer hide.

Award-winning and bestselling author Kristen Heitzmann has skillfully created a story resonating with emotion and depicting a poignant spiritual journey.

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Publishers Weekly
In this contemporary evangelical Christian romance, competent writing mostly overcomes some plot cliches, yielding an enjoyable novel. Spoiled rich girl Noelle St. Claire flees her wealthy daddy's estate in New York after breaking off her engagement to his prot g and junior partner, Michael Fallon, whose impetuous actions have pushed Noelle over the edge. She lands in Juniper Falls, Colo., at a ranch owned by Rick Spencer, a man dedicated to his horses and to God. Noelle is immediately pursued by Rick's charming rogue brother, Morgan-but something is haunting her, and she pushes him away. As the pampered Noelle wrestles the demons of her past and crafts a new identity for herself through her art, she finds that her fear of God is rooted in something traumatic that her mind refuses to remember. She doesn't find healing and resolution until the end of the tale, when she revisits the Catholic cathedral of her childhood. The novel offers some humorous moments in the interactions between the characters, and lovely nature details about the Rocky Mountains. Portions of the plot will seem familiar to regular romance readers (city girl flees home to encounter rugged cowboy in the mountains; damsel in distress is rescued by same), yet a few plot twists keep things interesting. Both Protestant and Catholic readers who like their romance with a large helping of faith will find much to enjoy in Heitzmann's light novel. (Feb.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Meet the Author

Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of seventeen novels, including the Christy Award winner Secrets. An artist and music minister, Kristen lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, Jim, and their family.
Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of over a dozen novels, including Freefall, Halos, A Rush of Wings, and the Christy Award winner Secrets. She and her husband, Jim, and their family live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she serves as worship leader in their church. Visit Kristen's website at www.kristenheitzmann.com.

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Rush of Wings (Rush of Wings Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
This is a beautiful and inspirational love story that shows Gods plan and His will. I strongly recommend this book to everyone no matter what your age is!!!!! HIS WILL BE DONE! FOLLOW HIM!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, I thought this book was really good. The plot of the story had me sitting off my seat. The characters were well described and some of my favorite by far. I felt like I could really connect with them- which also made me deeply concerned for them. At the beginning of the book I thought Heitzmann started it out with a really slow beginning. I almost put the book down but I am glad I didn’t. Once I read past the first chapter or two the intensity and romance really picked up. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romance and a good story with a little suspense. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a read by an amazing author. The story hooks you from the beginning - definitely a page turner. Be sure and check out the sequel, "The Still of Night".
AAR More than 1 year ago
A RUSH OF WINGS by Kristen Heitzmann is an amazing inspirational contemporary fiction set in the Rocky Mountains. It is well written with depth and details. It has romance,mystery,secrets,danger,faith,flashbacks of memories, love, tumultuous past,freedom,family,mystery,anger,ranch life and coming to terms with your past.The characters are engaging,challenging,believable,and will capture your heart. This is a fast paced story of love,healing,redemption,and a past that could threaten lives.It is the story on a spiritual journey and is full of rare emotions.If you enjoy inspirational stories with love,redemption and finding happiness this is the story for you. This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Bethany House and My Book Addiction and More.
HisChild More than 1 year ago
A Rush of Wings by Kristen Heitzmann is a re-release of the book, originally published in 2003. The cover is new but the story is every bit as good as it was the first time I read it. Noelle St. Clair is on the run. She has lost her memory and has no idea who or what she is fleeing from but she knows that there is danger and she must escape. In her flight, she leaves behind a loving but confused father and a frightened fiance. Her flight leads her from the pampered confines of a luxurious home, away from a doting father, and from an errant fiance to the small secluded horse ranch in the Rocky Mountains. It is here that she finds safety, respite, and refuge. In her attempts to hide from a danger that she cannot identify, Noelle finds herself forming new relationships and friends of a totally different ilk than any she had ever known. Bit by bit, her memories return until the day that she is forced to face head-on the very source of her fears. Kristen Heitzmann keeps the reader on pins and needles as she slowly reveals and unravels the tangled threads of Noelle's past. Just when you think you have it all figured out, another twist is revealed that makes you question all that you thought you knew and understood. Noelle slowly learns to trust, not only in her new-found friends, but she also learns to trust in a God who had been an utter stranger until Rick Spencer introduced Him to her through the Word. I first read this book in April of 2004 and enjoyed it just as much when I read it again in December of 2010. Noelle's story is a story that tells of hope in the time of despair, peace in the time of turmoil, and safety in a time of peril. It was a pleasure to watch as Noelle grew from being afraid to trust anyone to learning to trust in both God and others. It was exciting to see how Noelle discovered the truths that are found in Psalms 91:2: "I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust," and also in Psalms 46:1: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (KJV) A copy of this book was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers for review purposes. I received no compensation for this review nor was I under any obligation to provide a favorable review. All comments are my own true and unsolicited observations.
Yiya More than 1 year ago
A wonderful testimony of how God's perfect love is the only thing able to change a person's life and heart, A Rush of Wings has quickly become one of my favorite novels. Noelle is confused and running away from something she is not even sure happened. She has always had someone to take care of her needs and lived the comfortable life riches can buy. But she is not safe anymore. In her escape, she ends up in a ranch in Colorado, where she meets Rich and Morgan, two brothers whose life is turned upside down because of Noelle's presence. Both of them sense her need to belong, her need of purpose, as well as her fragility, and seek to aid her in their best way. The ranch proves to be an oasis for Noelle. However, she finds there much more than just a physical refuge; it is the place that helps her realize there is more to life than the comforts money can buy. It is where her eyes are open to a spiritual reality that can fill her emptiness through the infinite love and care of Her Creator, even if she does not really care about anything like that. It is in this stage of her life that her confusion turns into depression and almost takes her life, but it is also when her soul begins to mend, thanks to other people's care. At one point, she decides to go back to her father, apparently leaving everything - and everyone - behind. But little by little, she comes to terms with that Creator she was able to sense in the Colorado mountains, allowing Him to show her what true love and forgiveness is. By the end, Noelle is able to say: "Surrendering to Jesus gave me the only hope I have," finally giving her a true identity and sense of belonging. True to Christian principles, this is a highly recommendable book, fast to read and sure to entice everyone with the thrills of the story. Bethany House Publishers gave me a complimentary copy of the book for review, but this does not bias my opinion on the book nor on the author.
SailinRae More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Rick Spencer! He is like my dream man!! Mountain, Rugged, Good looking, and some sort of Cowboy! And did I mention Romantic? He's the quite one of the two brothers, God-fearin, and a real sweety! Morgan Spencer, He's the 'bad boy' sorts...You know the one you secretly like, but would never really marry? Yep, That's him! :) He brings Noelle out of her shell some, but can never get her to like the real him. Now Morgan is just as good looking as Rick, but he's not the Cowboy type...You all know what I'm talking about ;) He's the business man of the family. Flying everywhere for his job. Too much like Noelle's life before she ran away! Noelle, To put it bluntly...the girl has problems! She's been through a traumatic experience when she was a child, which her brain choose to keep hidden in her memory. And then when her Fiance got mad that she was breaking it up, parts where coming back to her, but she didn't know that it wasn't from that horrific time in her past...she thought it was the present. So she grabs all her cash she can find, and starts riding the bus. All I can say is, Read this Book! I loved it! It was moving in the fact that, in her darkest hours, God was able to help her, and how that no matter how much we tell ourselves, just ignoring it will help, it really doesn't. It sometimes (most of the time) makes it worse! ~ I received this book from Bethany House Publishers, for reviewing, but was told to give my own oppinion weither it be positive or negative.
Anonymous 5 months ago
It only reinforced my love of the Lord and the love I ha Heavenly Father, walk through my house, take away all my worries, any illnesses, please watch over and heal my family & comfort my friends in Jesus name, Amen. ??This prayer is so powerful . Stop what your doing and set this to your status, and watch what He will do. Just simply hold it down with your thumb,to copy and paste it. Amen ??
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I usually dont get into all the religion themed books, but this one was an exception. Albeit some parts were rather drawn out and could be condensed, overall i did enjoy reading this book.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Too much god and jesus crap, couldn't finish the book because of it.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Good Christian book.
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Anonymous 10 months ago
So nice to finally read about a couple who get to know and love each other before jumping into bed. That's a real love story.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Couldn't stop reading. Touching.
Anonymous 11 months ago
From the beginning you realize Noelle has serious problems and then she lands on a ranch with two handsome but very different brothers who want to help her heal and it's exciting to see how it plays out . She has serious issues with faith but the reason isn't apparent until late in the story but the strong faith of Rick rescues her from one situation after another and confuses her in the process . Very well written .
Anonymous 11 months ago
Very detailed story
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