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…  See more details below


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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Rush of Wings (Rush of Wings Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
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".
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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. 
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JDyan More than 1 year ago
Noelle St. Claire is running away. From what? She doesn't know; her life has always been a wealthy sheltered one. But the fear she feels is so strong she knows its real and she has to get away. Winding up in the small town of Juniper Falls, Colorado feels like time travel to Noelle. A stark contrast to New York. Can she escape her unknown torment by hiding out at the Rocky Mountain horse ranch with common folk? I think the idea Kristen had for this book was good but the execution poor. The time and relationships Noelle shared with Rick and Morgan do not seem real. I did, however, enjoy the details of the snowy scenery during Christmas time, at the Spencer house. Beautiful. The mystery of Noelle's memory loss didn't capture my attention the way it could've. And, the time Noelle spent at the horse ranch was dull and dragged on. I would give A Rush of Wings 2 out of 5 stars just for its attempt at entertaining me. I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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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 More than 1 year ago
The back of the book sounded so good I accidentally bought it twice! Already had in paperback, and of course didnt know that til I went to my book shelf after buying and reading this version. I wish it was a lendable book, my only complaint. I love Heitzmanns writing style and how different one book is from the next.
BillyB More than 1 year ago
The book starts out with Noelle St. Claire escaping from her rich, shelter life in New York. She takes refuge on a Rocky Mountain horse ranch. The owners, Rick Spencer and his brother Morgan Spencer, are both of the brothers are instantly interested in the troubled Noelle. Of course, just as Noelle is adjusting to her new life, her past catches up with her. I had trouble getting interested in reading A Rush of Wings. I like reading some contemporary fiction, but others I just do not like. This book falls in the middle. I liked the main character Noelle, but I did not care for the other characters. I liked that the plot did not stick the typical romance theme. Overall, it was okay read. *I would like to thank Bethany House for sending me this copy to reveiw.
JamieLittle More than 1 year ago
Following a traumatic event, Noelle St. Claire escapes her posh life in New York and finds her way to the tiny mountain community of Juniper Falls, CO. In this new town where no one knows who she is and where she came from, Noelle begins a new life. She makes new friends, finds a new love interest (or two) and begins to gain some independence. Just when she thinks she has everything under control, the nightmares of her past begin to creep back into her life. Noelle struggles with trying to break free from the past and trying to enjoy her new life. When the two combine, life as she knows it is shattered and her journey takes a detour. Will she be able to be happy and enjoy life or will she forever be miserably haunted by the events of the past? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; I was hooked from the first page. Kristen Heitzmann really knows how to draw in the reader and keep them turning the pages. As I turned each page, new bits of Noelle's story were revealed and just when I thought I knew where the story was going, something unexpected would happen. The story of Noelle's past, present and future were beautifully intertwined and wonderfully told. The detailed writing and descriptions made me want to catch a ride and Juniper Falls myself. The love stories told in the book made me wish I could see them unfold with my own eyes. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story mixed with a little romance. Disclaimer: Bethany House Publishers provided me this book free of charge for review.
lilredhenJP More than 1 year ago
Noelle St Claire, the daughter of a prominent lawyer, is on the run, but she isn't sure who or what she is running from, she only knows she has to hide. She places a cryptic call to her father, and, paying cash for tickets, ends up in Juniper Falls, a tourist town in the Rocky Mountains. When she can find no place to rent, the man at the general store recommends she check with Rick Spencer, who owns a couple of cabins a little further up the road. Morgan, Rick's brother, is very attracted to Noelle, but she only offers him a small part of her friendship. Rick, who owns the ranch, trains and raises horses, and Noelle wants to help him train a particular horse, Destiny. When fall arrives, and everyone leaves for the winter, Rick tells her that she can no longer stay there, it wouldn't look right. For 381 gripping pages, you learn, as Noelle discovers, the reason for her fear and her weird dreams. Will she learn the full reason, and be able to move forward with her life? I read a lot of books, and I know a great book when I read it, this book is a great book. at least 5 stars... I recieved a free copy of this book to read and review from Bethany House, I received no other compensation for my review. I am not required to give a favorable review, and all opinions expressed here are my own.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, privileged, wealthy Noelle St. Claire flees her father's estate in New York after her fiancée's abusive behavior. This also stirs up frightening memories that leave her paralyzed with fear, but she cannot remember what happened to her in the past. She finds herself at a Colorado dude ranch where owner Rick Spencer sensing her brokenness allows her to stay. The beautiful surroundings, and Rick's kindness helps Noelle find the peace and security she was missing. Morgan, Rick's brother, pursues Noelle immediately causing her mixed emotions of friendship and panic. Morgan's impulsive wild life style is the direct opposite of Rick's devoted Christian life. As Noelle runs from her problems and God, Rick tries to introduce her to the love of His Savior. This was a wonderful book! I could read it again I liked it so much. The plot was excellent. I especially liked Rick's example of a devout Christian and hia dependence on God. Seeing him go through difficult times that tested his faith was encouraging to me. This is an entertaining and beautiful story with the message of God's love, not only for His children, but also how He works through their lives to reach those without Him. I also liked the fact that there were so many references to scriptural principles, prayer, and commitment. A 5 star book without a doubt!! In exchange for my honest review, I received a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers.
luluLM More than 1 year ago
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 Book Review: A Rush of Wings A Rush of Wings (A Rush of Wings Series #1) Noelle St. Claire is a lady with secrets, secrets that are deep and dark, will she ever reveal them? Running away in a panic, Noelle breaks off her engagement with Michael and heads towards Colorado. Stopping in Juniper she finds herself boarding at a ranch, not any ranch, but a ranch with two single men! Morgan is a charmer, Rick is quiet and they are both falling for Noelle but she simply cannot give. As her secrets collide with nightmares she faces some decisions, but who can she trust with her secrets? After a serious injury some of her secrets are revealed and her shell begins to crack. Rick has a strong relationship with God, and tries to help Noelle the best he can, but Noelle has some pretty strong issues with God and it's not until they are resolved that she can truly love again. This is a very good book, strongly based on Christianity, but yet there are some pretty strong struggles, life is not perfect for these characters and they have problems just like the rest of us. This book shows how we can overcome our fears and our weaknesses as well as find peace.
_Amber_ More than 1 year ago
A Rush of Wings is about the only daughter of a prominent New York lawyer, Noelle St. Clair. After suffering at the hand of her fiancé, Noelle runs away from everything she knows. She ends up at the ranch of Rick Spencer. Noelle tries to find a way to make a living and survive without being found by her father or ex fiancé. She draws inspiration from her surroundings and starts painting. As Noelle tries to come to terms with what happened to her, both Rick and his brother Morgan fall for Noelle. Once Noelle gets hurt and spends time with Rick she finds herself falling for him. Stressful events bring memories to Noelle that had been buried for a long time. Once remembered she feels that she has to go back home. Before Noelle can love Rick she has to God into her life. This is a wonderful book. Once I started it I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this to everyone. Thank you Bethany House for my copy!!
Teresa_Konopka More than 1 year ago
The back cover's brief synopsis does not do this book justice. There is so much in the plot and characters that readers are immediately sucked into Heitzmann's world. The book starts off with a rich girl running away with a dream of a hawk that haunts her copiously. The narration moves between characters, and readers wonder why the protagonist fled. As she arrives at her new destination, new characters emerge as Noelle catches the admiration of two brothers. Country life is juxtaposed with city life, and horses enter the story, along with painting. Both seek her love and are vastly different. Noelle's ex-fiance also purses her in an effort to find her and get her back. As mysteries unfold with the book's progression, Noelle interacts with the brothers. There is some romance, but nothing is graphic. Female readers are a bit annoyed with Noelle's venerability as a female character, but, after they learn her story, they see her persona fits into the story and is not overtly saying otherwise. Also, albeit a bit cheesy at moments, the twists are unexpected, and there is never a dull or predictable moment. Even if readers skip to the end of the book to read the last line, they'll have the ending wrong if they guessed it. Faith is tied into the book in such a profound way that I will not spoil it. My favorite quote from the book? "She had feared the sky, but it was the ground that broke her" (Heitzmann 174).
Sneezybee23 More than 1 year ago
Noelle St. Claire is running on instinct. A violent episode with her fiance triggers panic and confusion about the past. She leaves her privileged life in New York, boards a bus and lands in the rural town of Juniper Falls, Colorado. Rick Spencer's horse ranch is a far better place to stay than the alternatives and he reluctantly rents her a room. Noelle doesn't think about the future or the past. Living only in the day, she makes many irrational choices, but it is only through her fall that she can clearly see the Savior she needs. A Rush of Wings by Kristen Heitzmann is a compassionate look at the pain caused by physical and sexual abuse. The characters of Rick and Morgan Spencer complement each other well. They both are important in Noelle's healing, but as Noelle observes, Rick is complete. Morgan is broken. Their rivalry for Noelle's affection leads to tension, but the author writes them in such a way that the reader does not condemn or dislike either of them. I appreciated the author's use of originality. The plot may not have been completely unlike anything else, but the individual scenes were original and enjoyable. My favorite moment of the book was at the end of Rick and Noelle's first date. One thing which I found annoying is that the synopsis of the book states that the horse ranch is owned by Rick and Morgan Spencer. Though Morgan stays at the ranch, the book makes it pretty clear that Rick is the sole owner of the ranch. It's a little thing, but when I pick up a book, I expect the synopsis to be accurate. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."