Brush of Wings: A Novel

Brush of Wings: A Novel

by Karen Kingsbury


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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes the third and final novel in an unforgettable series about four friends and the divine intervention that changes their lives forever.

Against the advice of her doctor, Mary Catherine moves to Uganda to work at a new orphanage. Whatever time she has left, Mary Catherine wants to spend it helping children—especially since she is unable to have children of her own. The only problem is Marcus Dillinger, the Major League Baseball player she was never meant to fall in love with. But neither Marcus nor Mary Catherine’s other friends—Tyler Ames and Sami Dawson—know just how serious her heart condition is.

Still, Marcus suspects something isn’t right. After months of silence, a divinely timed letter from Mary Catherine leads him on a desperate life-or-death mission to get her to a US hospital before time runs out. Meanwhile, as Sami and Tyler prepare to marry, the group receives shocking news that changes everyone’s plans.

The team of angels walking is busier than ever in this epic battle between life and death. Brush of Wings is a poignant tale of love, sacrifice, and the power of faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451687552
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Series: Angels Walking Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 78,026
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books are being developed into a TV series slated to debut fall 2019. Karen is also an adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University. She and her husband, Donald, live in Tennessee near four of their adult children.

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Brush of Wings 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book brought so much light and hope to my own life! Highly recommended ?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended this book. What an inspiring book and I could not put it down until the read the last page. It is a love story, but not sappy as one reviewer wrote. It does contain scripture references and if one does believe in God and his Word, it is a great reminder that we should look into that Word and follow it as it saves us from a lot of trouble. Mary Catherine did what she wanted and flew to Africa to work in an orphanage and it was against her doctor's wishes. But, as Mary Catherine learned when we follow our own heart's desires and make ourselves believe that is what God wants instead of asking Him what to do we often do get into trouble and sometimes it can be life threatening.
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
Brush of Wings is the third book in Karen Kingsbury’s Angels Walking series, coming after Angels Walking and Chasing Sunsets. I really enjoyed both of the previous books in this series, and I’m just a pretty big fan of Karen’s to begin with, so I was very excited when I friend of mine offered to lend me this book. I have been dying to know what happens to Tyler, Sami, Marcus, and Mary Catherine for quite some time now, and I’m so glad I’ve finally been able to finish this book! While I absolutely love everything Karen writes, don’t get me wrong, sometimes I struggle to really enjoy her stories—especially ones like this one—because there is a lot of drama and I have to really be in the mood for all of that, and in cases like this novel I feel like I’m waiting for impending doom and that is just a little bit depressing. I mean, I loved the story and everything had a very happy ending, but I felt like I was on the edge of my seat just waiting for something to happen to cause Mary Catherine’s heart to give out, and that took a lot out of me. On another note, though I hate to mention things I didn’t like about stories, I also struggled with something from the description. In the synopsis, it mentions Sami and Tyler’s relationship and says something about how he’s ready to propose, but that they’re struggling with issues of their own and that the core of their relationship is in jeopardy, but I didn’t really see that in the book. Maybe I just somehow missed it—I did skim a little through a few parts—but I really felt that this book focused more on the good parts of their relationship, and on the struggles of Marcus and Mary Catherine’s. All in all though, I did really enjoy this book. I fell completely and utterly in love with Marcus, and Mary Catherine, back when I was very first introduced to them, and I couldn’t help falling in love with their relationship, no matter the many ups and downs it had to take. Theirs was a whirlwind romance, despite the many, many circumstances holding it back—including Mary Catherine’s own reluctance—and so many of their moments together made me realize even more just how precious of a gift real love like that is. I wish I could give this book all five bookshelves, because I did enjoy so, so much of it, but I just can’t let myself doing that considering the many concerns I expressed earlier in this review. However, I will give it four out of five, which is just one step down, and I will say it hasn’t altered my love for Karen and her writing in the slightest bit. I just wish it could’ve been an easier read for me, like Unlocked for instance, which I’ve read multiple times, the most recent time I devoured the entire book in one sitting. That being said, I still highly recommend this book, and think it was the perfect conclusion to Karen’s Angels Walking series! (This review is from my blog,
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VicG More than 1 year ago
Karen Kingsbury in her new book, “Brush Of Wings” Book Three in the Angels Walking series published by Howard Books takes us into the life of Mary Catherine.. From the back cover: The days ahead would be easier if she could forget him. But forgetting Marcus Dillinger was like forgetting how to breathe. Impossible, no matter how hard she tried. Despite needing a heart transplant and against the advice of her doctor, Mary Catherine moves to Uganda to work at a new orphanage. Whatever time she has left, Mary Catherine wants to spend it helping children—especially since there will be no children of her own. The only problem is Major League Baseball player Marcus Dillinger, the man she never meant to fall in love with. Neither Marcus nor Mary Catherine’s other friends—Tyler Ames and Sami Dawson—know just how serious her heart condition is. Still, Marcus is sure in the depths of his soul that something isn’t right. Ultimately his correspondence with Mary Catherine leads him on a desperate life-or-death mission to rescue her and get her to a U.S. hospital before time runs out. Meanwhile, Sami and Tyler struggle with issues of their own. In a season when Tyler plans to ask Sami to marry him, the very core of their relationship is in jeopardy. The team of angels walking is busier than ever in this epic battle between life and death. Brush of Wings is a poignant tale of love, sacrifice, and the power of faith. No doubt about it all of us have angels sent to protect us. Some of us make these angels work harder than others and I think Mary Catherine falls into that category. She has a heart condition, needs a heart transplant, feels she will not get it so she leaves for Uganda. Until Marcus and her friends can figure out just how bad a situation Mary Catherine is in the angels are working overtime. God has plans for us and sometimes we miss what those plans are and go off to do something else. Until He can get us back on track it is the angels job to keep us alive and protected. Which isn’t always easy. This is an amazing story. Mary Catherine is a likable character that doesn’t really know how to deal with God’s plan and goes off to accomplish her own. Mary Catherine is a lot like most of us and it is almost a healing for us too as we read about her progress. Ms. Kingsbury has given us a great ride in this book and she has provided us with wonderful characters that we rally around and root for. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books. 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.”
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GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
I love the story but I always hate it when a series like Angels Walking comes to an end. The main characters, especially Mary Catherine, keep the angels busy through the entire book. I don’t really know how angels operate. Karen Kingsbury has a wonderful imagination and has brought that to bear as she has described numerous encounters with angels and situations in which they intervene into the affairs of the characters. Since the Bible tells us that angels exist, I had no problem envisioning them at work through the book. Mary Catherine was so intent on returning to Uganda to work in the orphanage that she somehow laid aside all other dreams. In her mind, she was convinced she was going to die soon and that one thing means more to her than marriage or anything else. Undoubtedly, many readers would have made a different choice but therein lies the story. We all make decisions every day with no clue whether we will live to see it through. We simply assume we will have enough time to do everything we want to do. What would you do in Mary Catherine’s place? Would you go to Uganda, get married, go on a cruise, keep breathing in and out without thinking about it, or something else? Did knowing she had a heart that was failing make it easier for her to decide what to do? How would it affect you? Did she truly seek God’s will before making her decision? Although this book, and the series, was written to give the reader an imaginary view of angels working on our behalf, I took away an added message: we need to be intentional in all we do because we do not know with certainty how long we have remaining in this life. I recommend this book to all readers who love a good romance story but also for the faith-building emphasis. If you have not read the first two books in the series, I suggest you read them in order before reading this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great end to a series. I was so sad when i got to the end. I have so many Karen kingsburybooks and i really enjoy reading her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always count the days until the next Karen Kingsbury book comes out and this time was no different. After reading the first two books in the Angels Walking series, I was so looking forward to re-uniting with Mary Catherine, Sami, Tyler and Marcus. However, I found this book a real struggle to get through. The first 65 pages were about 55 pages too long in my opinion. (I get it already...she doesn't want anyone to know about her illness) and the constant references to the "ketosis" diet made me feel as though I was reading a pamphlet written by Dr. Atkins himself. (Again, I get it! Refined sugar is bad, very bad.) The thing I've always loved best about KK novels is that they are "real" and I've always came away from one of her novels with my faith a little stronger for having read it. . But this book was just a little too much, even for me. And most definitely NOT because of the concepts of "angels walking" because I DO believe in that... I was hard pressed to imagine even the most ardent Christian finding the time to devote to prayer like these four characters do on each and every page. Personally, I found Mary Catherine's character rather selfish and agree with another reviewer who noted that she came off as "too much the martyr". Finally, just when I was NEARLY convinced to put away the box of Girl Scout cookies I was enjoying, Coach makes a playlist of Mary Catherine's favorite songs and lo and behold, one of her favorite artists is Kyle Kupecky. Talk about sugar over-load!!(For those unfamiliar with Kyle Kupecky, he is the author's son-in-law and the first of her children to whom she dedicates all of her latest novels.) Brush of Wings was my least favorite Karen Kingsbury book by far and left me longing for the Baxter family. I can't wait for the TV series!
jess_baker_614 More than 1 year ago
I have been a Karen Kingsbury fan for years and this book is just another reason why. I have enjoyed reading the Angels Walking series and am very sad to see it go. In this final book, there is so much emotion, danger and spiritual warfare. I think we often go through life and forget about spiritual warfare and how real it is. As Christians we need to be ready to battle on a daily basis and this was a great reminder. I am so glad the familiar Angels were chosen for this mission. So many parts of the book I enjoyed but cannot say because it will spoil it! There were times I was so angry with Mary Catherine that I could have screamed for keeping her illness a secret. But I understood her desire to live life and go to Uganda. I wonder if I were dealt with that situation if I would have the courage to live life like she did! I highly recommend this book to all. Make sure you read the first two books in the series as it is important to know the background of these characters. I was happy to see what was happening with Tyler and Sami and Marcus as well. The only kind bad part was that it ended!! I just want to continue to read about these characters and what is happening in their lives. Thank you Karen for another beautifully written story!
ASanford More than 1 year ago
Another hit from Karen Kingsbury! The final book in the Angel's Walking series, Brush of Wings will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end!
CShelley More than 1 year ago
Karen Kingsbury has done it again! Brush of Wings combines inspiration, scripture, supernatural, life, faith, and hope into a suspenseful love story that captures you at the prologue. This final book in the Angel's Walking saga will leave you hanging until the very last page. The Angels are sent to Earth from Heaven to complete the impossible. Will they do it? Purchase your copy and find out today!
ChasRay0 More than 1 year ago
Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury is the third book in the Angels Walking series. It can be read as a stand alone although you may not understand a few things throughout the book. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and was sad to see it end. As with most of Karen's books I fell in love with the characters and found myself laughing and crying right along with them. In this book Mary Catherine faces a serious health crisis. She refuses to tell anyone just how serious it is and instead focuses on her desire to go to Africa. She's determined that IF she is to die she will do it on her own terms loving the orphans and spreading the message of God. What can be more noble than that? She goes against doctors orders and leaves family and friends in the dark promising herself if she gets really really sick she will tell Sami, her roommate. I don't believe Mary Catherine was cold hearted or malicious by not telling them. She didn't want to be a burden on those she loved. She also didn't want Marcus to waste his time and heart on her when she wasn't sure she was going to live. She loved them, Marcus and her friends, and didn't want to burden them with worries of her health or to have them talk her out of this trip to Africa. She longed to help at the orphanage and felt like God was calling her to do that. I admired Mary Catherine's spirit. She loved life but most of all she loved God. She never once stopped praying to God for guidance throughout her entire story. Whether she was having a good day or a really bad one she never forgot her Lord. I felt bad for Marcus. Here he is madly in love with Mary Catherine and he doesn't understand why she's pushing him away. He knows their feelings are real, yet she won't fully commit to him. Even when he says he loves her and will wait for her even as she goes to Africa, she says she just wants to be friends. It takes a strong man of faith to love Mary Catherine and Marcus Dillinger is just that man. Although he's still new to his faith he loves God with all his heart and he relies on God to guide his footsteps. I have to admit Marcus made my heart swoon. Who wouldn't want a man who loves God desperately first and pursues you with that same determination?. He wasn't overly pushy with her but he was definitely forthright. I also loved how he asked God for a sign and God answered. I can't tell you how many times I've begged God for a burning bush or something to tell me what I should do. Friends, I absolutely loved this book. It's definitely a love story but not just one between man and woman. No, it's a love story between God and his people. You feel that throughout this book. It's like God told Karen "write a love story to my people". *sigh. I can go on and on but I'd rather you get a copy and read it for yourself! The book isn't available to March 29th but you can pre-order it for the next few weeks. If you pre-order you can receive a gift from Karen. All the details are on Karen's webpage and Facebook page which I will leave a link to below. You can pre-order as many copies as you like. You may be thinking "what will I do with more than one copy of the same book?". Well, be an angel to somebody;give a copy to your neighbor, a single mom, or leave one at the doctor's office. They will be blessed and you will too.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
A Brush of Wings is the third installment of the Angels Walking series. I really liked this conclusion of the series. I did not want to say goodbye to these characters - and angels - that I had grown to love. I hope to see them again one day in another series. Such a compelling, inspiring story of never lose hope and always keep faith. 5 stars. I received this book from Howard Books in exchange for my honest opinion, which was given.
SQuilty80 More than 1 year ago
Are you looking for an "unputdownable" book? Are you looking for a feel good, god orchestrated book? Are you looking for a book that will touch your heart in a way that no other book can? Then this is the book for you! Like all of Karen's books, you will fall in love with the characters. You will want to jump inside the book. Karen is my favorite author.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury is the third book in Angels Walking series. Orlon is sending Ember, Beck, Jag, and Aspyn (an Angel Walking team) on an important mission. They need to make sure that a little baby gets born and to keep four individuals alive and together. Mary Catherine Clark is leaving for Uganda to help out at a new orphanage. She has always wanted to do this. However, Mary Catherine has a heart condition that is now life threatening. Mary Catherine needs a new heart, but she is not letting that stop her nor is she telling anyone about it. Marcus Dillinger is a baseball player with the LA Dodgers who cares for Mary Catherine, but she keeps pushing him away. She feels that he should get a chance at love with someone who might not die. Sami Dawson is Marth Catherine’s best friend and roommate. Sami works at the Youth Center where Mary Catherine also volunteered (until she decided to go to Uganda). Sami keeps getting Mary Catherine to confide in her, but Mary Catherine is keeping mum. Sami is in love with Tyler Ames, a coach with the LA Dodgers (and a friend of Marcus). Can the angels work to keep these four people alive and the demons at bay? It is imperative that their mission be successful. Brush of Wings is basically a long (sappy) romance novel with angels, scripture, and prayer thrown in. The novel contains quite a bit of scripture and prayer (basically every page someone is praying or asking people to pray). I found the book hard to get into (I actually never did get into the book) which takes away my enjoyment of the book. Mary Catherine is the main focus of the book, and I found her to be a martyr. I did not like her and found her extremely annoying. This is the third book in the series, but I believe the novel can be enjoyed without having read the first two books in the series (I actually did not know it was part of a series until I started reading the book). I give Brush of Wings 3 out of 5 stars. Readers who love Christian romance novels will probably enjoy Brush of Wings. I received a complimentary copy of Brush of Wings from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story that is well written and pleasing to the reader. Karen Kingsbury continues to inspire and show God's love through her storie
cldluvsmad More than 1 year ago
This book was heartbreakingly beautiful. I could relate to Mary Catherine's stubborn spirit on so many levels. I was unable to put this book down once I started it. It is every bit as good as the first two books in the series. Karen is an amazing author and you will not be disappointed in this book. You will love the path that this book takes and you will be surprised as to who Dallas Garner's parents are. Grab this book and sit in your favorite chair as you will not be going anywhere for a while!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The concept of the helpful angels might have worked if the writer had weaved them into believable situations. Not the case here. These earthbound angels fixed airplanes, showed up at ridiculous times and manipulated computer correspondence finding a miraculous cure for a diseased heart while pushing for the adoption of a "special child" to the person now having a mechanical heart. I surely would have preferred the angels finding s way for the birth mother to keep her precious baby. Oh and we cant forget that the babys father was a murderer. Sorry too farfetched to be anywhere near believable or enjoyable.