Rush of Wings, A (A Rush of Wings Book #1): A Novel [NOOK Book]

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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 becomes a menacing threat from which she can no ...
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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 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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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585588053
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: A Rush of Wings , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 382
  • Sales rank: 70,558
  • File size: 856 KB

Meet the Author

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 kristenheitzmann.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Suspense and romance with real characters!

    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".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

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    Nail Biter from the Outset

    While this is fiction I found it more than believable, it truly read as realistic - something that could happen to anyone. Just some adjustments to the social status and character tweaks would be needed to fit an everywoman/everyman scenario. This was my first experience reading Heitzmann but I am certainly hooked and would read future releases of hers. The story starts off with a "bang" yet remains vague up to the "revelation scenes" where everything connects and the truth begins coming into focus. Noelle has lived a very sheltered life protected from much of the real world struggle adults in general face. Perhaps that is why no one least of all her suspects the extent of the danger she is facing. Though she has an undeniable and imperative sense that flight must occur now or never - she must force herself to truly hide. The normal activities and necessities of life must be undertaken but without leaving any trail that could lead trouble right to her new doorstep.

    While her only plan is nebulous the danger chasing her is just as hazy. Perhaps the fact she runs without a destination in mind helps to protect her from immediate pursuit. She can no longer trust even those closest to her yet is forced to risk trusting complete strangers in the hope they will believe her and aid the goal of eluding the imminent yet ambiguous danger she is sure will be on her heels eventually. Though this novel is primarily a thriller Heitzmann has infused the lighter elements of romance and character development as Noelle discovers a dream and talent she never explored or even knew was buried. Self discovery and the progression of a new belief system for her are intertwined throughout the plot line. Despite the story being one of action, intrigue, and the constant premonition of something horrible snapping at her heels, Noelle finds a strength and character that may have remained buried without the trials she faces. The doubts regarding what is real and what is a well staged act by those surrounding her also develops a refined sense of discernment and seeking ultimate truth that must be heeded if she is survive this chapter in her earthly life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Reaper to all

    He fell asleep (gtgbbt)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    A very small creature

    It was winged, and hid in a cave.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Overall, I thought this book was really good. The plot of the st

    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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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    Poorly Executed

    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.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    AN AMAZING INSPIRATIONAL CONTEMPORARY FICTION! A RUSH OF WINGS BY KRISTEN HEITZMANN

    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.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    A Rush of Wings - an excellent book by an accomplished writer

    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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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    Wonderful testimony of a life changed through God's love

    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.

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

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    Real or Imaginary?

    Twenty-three-year-old New York socialite, Noelle St. Claire is running. From who or what she's not sure. All she sees are images here and there, but she knows she needs to hide to be safe. As her father and fiancee' wait back home, will she find the answers she needs at the ranch nestled in the Colorado Rockies? Will she find the safety and love that she desires?

    Then there's Rick Spencer, the owner of the ranch where Noelle St. Claire ends up. Can he break through her shell to help her find God and see that only He can heal her hurt? Will his faith stand up to everything that is coming?

    It is very rare for a book to grab my attention from the very first page, but the flight of Noelle St. Claire did just that. Kristen Heitzmann is a master of descriptive phrases and leaves nothing out in any of her settings. The characters were well developed, letting you into their lives quite easily. There were a couple of scenes where I thought the characters went a little quickly into the situations, but all-in-all it was a very-well told story. I look forward to following one of the secondary characters, Morgan, in his book, "The Still of the Night".

    This book was provided for review by Bethany House Publishers.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    Great Read!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2011

    Good read

    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.

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  • Posted December 17, 2010

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    An Okay Read

    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.

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

    Flight, finding yourself, finding God

    We first meet Noelle at a bus terminal, fleeing from ... something ... she can't quite remember. The images are fragmented and broken, but it appears that her former fiancee Michael, her father's protege', has something to do with it.


    Noelle eventually finds her way to a Colorado mountain town that appeals to her. She inquires at a local shop, and is told of two places that may have space to rent to her. The first is a rundown house. The second entails a hike up the mountain to a horse ranch, where she meets two brothers, Rick (the owner) and Morgan. Rick runs a Christian ranch, and his guests arrive by word-of-mouth. Unfortunately, the cottages are booked up for the season, but Morgan talks his brother into letting Noelle rent a room at the main house, which goes against Rick's policy of letting rooms to single female guests; however, for some reason, Rick feels that Noelle is in need of a safe place.


    As Morgan attempts to woo Noelle, she welcomes his friendship, but rejects his advances. Afraid to use her credit cards or pull money from the bank for fear of being traced, Noelle finds a way to make her own way by selling her artwork at a local shop.


    Michael Fallon, her ex-fiancee', is enraged that Noelle would leave. In his mind, he loves her, and what happened between them was an isolated incident. He sets one of his former clients to work tracking her.


    William St. Claire, Noelle's father, is worried, but Noelle HAD left a message for him letting him know she was all right. He can't figure out why she was calling from a small town in Ohio, but she is twenty-three, and old enough to make up her own mind. He keeps this information to himself, as he puzzles over how much Michael had to do with her decision to leave. He has kept Noelle safe and sheltered since a frightening incident when she was five years old, but maybe it's time for her to spread her wings.


    For me, this story was a bit saccharine, but that's just my own reading taste. Even understanding that Noelle had something bad happen to her didn't help me feel a lot of sympathy for a fragile personality that could so easily break apart because of one incident. Later on, with the understanding that the incident when she was five made her fragile to begin with, I understood a bit more, but I think I'm much more attracted to strong female characters.


    There is some romance and suspense, and we finally gain an understanding of why Noelle is so set against God and religion in general.


    QUOTES


    Who was the real Noelle? What did Morgan hope to see? The person she had been? The helpless, pleasing, dutiful person others rules? She had left her behind as a snake sheds its skin, leaves it lying useless in the sand.


    Now the last of her resistance melted and she surrendered to the incredible love. The sadness was still deep inside her and the knowledge that she might never recover what she'd lost as a five-year-old child. But she no longer faced it alone.

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  • Posted December 14, 2010

    Loved it!!

    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.

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  • Posted December 14, 2010

    381 Gripping pages!!

    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.

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

    A VERY ENTERTAINING CHRISTIAN BOOK!

    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.

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  • Posted November 30, 2010

    Strong Characters, great read!

    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.

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  • Posted November 26, 2010

    A must read!!

    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!!

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

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    A Rush of Wings

    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).

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