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A Rush of Wings (A Rush of Wings #1)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Bethany House Publishers (first published February 1st 2003)
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Tuba Özkat
Mar 17, 2015 Tuba Özkat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bir çeviri daha bitti, ben de bittim, öldüm sanırım :) Her aksilik bu kitapta başıma geldi, yumuk yumuk şişmiş bir gözlerle ve suratla bitirdim :)

Konu olarak bugüne kadar okuduklarımdan farklıydı. Kötü bir olay yaşayan zengin, biraz çekingen, babası tarafından sürekli korunan bir kız bir anda her şeyini, evini, arabasını, parasını, babasını, nişanlısını arkasında bırakıp yollara düşüyor. En başından bu kızın bir şey yaşadığını anlıyorsunuz, ama ne yaşadığını kendisi de tam hatırlayamıyor ve akl
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Yiya
Dec 28, 2012 Yiya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 do
...more
Samantha Jo
Oct 24, 2012 Samantha Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
There are some books that you just don’t want to end… can’t put down long enough to swap the cookie trays in the oven… this is one of those books.
Noelle St. Claire (heroine of Ms. Heitzmann’s wonderful book) shakes it up a bit and adds a breath of fresh air to sometimes stale Christian Fiction. Her stubborn streak is a mile wide and the quiet Rick Spencer knows it… there’s no trivial floundering of faith here, the story line cuts right to the heart without being so heavy you leave the Colorado
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Alis
Jun 05, 2012 Alis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My introduction to Christian fiction was this book and I loved it. So much better than I thought it would be. I would also recommend that you read "The Still of Night" by the same author as a follow up to this book. I liked that one even more.
Jerry
Sep 13, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story gripped me until the end; there were some serious plot twists I was not expecting! Fans of romantic suspense will likely enjoy this.
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
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, whe
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Mary
Nov 04, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
I found Rush of Wings to be delightfully contemporary and I was hooked from the first sentence. Normally an author beating me over the head with certain facts or long descriptions will make me put down a book in disgust. During the first part of the book I did feel like the author over-stressed the kind of background Noelle came from. If the repeated mentions of how everything wasn’t what she was used to was supposed to indicate that she was spoiled then it failed. All it really did was make me ...more
Ruth
Nov 14, 2010 Ruth rated it really liked it
This book is billed a Christian romantic suspense and it lives up to all three parts of that billing. While at first I thought this would be one of those Christian novels where "Christian" meant blessings before meals and a mention that they attended church on Sunday, but the end of the book it was very much one of those where the characters had to make their peace with God before they could live happily ever after. It is romantic, well because there is a girl and three guys who want her. Suspen ...more
Willowy Whisper
Jun 20, 2016 Willowy Whisper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say, this is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. It was just something you...you never forget, as if the pages, the words, so found a place in your heart that long after you finish reading, the characters live on because the world seemed so real. It was as if the writer felt everything she wrote. Behind everything that was happening, every scene, every plot-twist, was such heart. The depth of feeling went beyond the words. It became real. So real, in fact, that you could ne ...more
April Erwin
Nov 06, 2012 April Erwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this novel. Every image is carefully formed to be crystal clear, where you can smell the dusty horses and see the gold aspen leaves against the clear blue sky. The characters are fully fleshed and compelling. Even Rick and Morgan's extended family. Although the Christmas spent with the Spencer family almost felt too perfect, it was a good contrast for the life Noelle used to lead; showing her just how different life could be with Jesus as your Savior. It made me wish I could celebrate wi ...more
Laura
Oct 18, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! A recent donation to our church library, I picked up this and one other of hers to review for appropriateness for our library. Loved it! These are exactly the kinds of books I love to read. Drama, suspense, a little romance... right up my alley. Leaves me cheering for God as the victor and with new thoughts, ideas and convictions about how I need to keep God in first place in my lift. When done, I went straight to the public library and ordered in several more of her books, intending to rea ...more
Laura Bennet
Apr 01, 2015 Laura Bennet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivating. Riveting. First page grabbed my attention, and I didn't want to put it down. I love the way the back story is fed to the reader in bits and pieces. Just enough to make sense, but never so much to tell the whole situation. Masterfully written. Having experienced a similar situation, I can say the author truly captured the essence of how it feels to live through trauma and only remember emotions and glimpses of reality. Great story well written with a good twist.
Kelly
Jul 27, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was another book that was hard to put down. The hurt and terrified girl running from a violent past ends up hiding on a ranch in Colorado where she meets to handsome, but very different brothers, both who fall in love with her. I couldn't wait to see what would happen and was so happy to finish the story of one of the brothers in the sequel!
Misty
Oct 06, 2010 Misty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am surprised how much I enjoyed this book, as someone who does not ascribe to religion and has been reading quite a few Christian fiction book thanks to Amazon Kindle freebies. The character of Noelle was engaging, and the differences between all the characters was well done. The story was well-paced too. I would definitely be interested in other works by this author.
Maritza
Nov 05, 2012 Maritza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can only say that once again Kristen has done it again.....after reading the Michelli family series , and loving it so much I was excited to read something else by this same author.....this book was beautiful! It had suspense, romance, drama, healing, forgiveness and the best part was that it showed howGod really moves in mysterious ways for His glory....loved this book!
Missy
Jul 11, 2010 Missy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty decent. Definitely for mature audiences as this deals with child abuse, but more of the recovery process from an adult perspective. Done is such a way to show how much we need HIM (the Lord).

Good love story too, though a bit cheesy.
Susan
Sep 15, 2010 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First religious fiction I've read and it was not bad. Centered on Noelle and relationship with Rick, a rancher, she stumbles across as she flees from her fiancee. From two very different worlds, Rick helps her unravel her past. Comforting book to read.
Ashley
Mar 26, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noelle ends up in a small town in Colorado because she is running from her high provilaged life back home and from an encounter and memories that haunt her. This has a great love story and lots of hope.
pam
Apr 21, 2012 pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cowboys
i really liked this book but the second book i thought was better i listen to that one on audio maybe it was the narrator that made it better. can't wait for book three
Jill
Jan 07, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christian Fiction. Good story Just when you think you have figured out the pieces, something else happens. As always I had to cry at the end!
Pamela Courtney
Oct 12, 2012 Pamela Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me from page 1. Noelle's personal struggle was heart wrenching. I felt every character in this book and each detail. This is one of my favorites.
June
May 29, 2012 June rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This was an amazing book. Kept my attention and was hard to put it down. Finding out what "the rush of wings" signified was quite intense.
Robin Sampson
Apr 02, 2013 Robin Sampson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Read it in 2009 and still miss the characters in 2013.
Heather
Excellent! Suspenseful!
Peggy
Dec 26, 2012 Peggy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I may have a new 'favorite' author to add to my list
Karen Brazelton
Feb 11, 2017 Karen Brazelton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

On many romantic novels I can pretty much guess how the book will end by what I've read in the first chapter. The kristen heitzmann novels have so much more in them, keeping them so much more intriguing. I highly recommend this book.
Caryl
Dec 22, 2016 Caryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-challenge
Ms. Heitzmann masterfully addresses a tough subject. I enjoyed watching as Noelle found her way through the pain and emotional distress into healing and peace. I so appreciated the strong faith element in this story. I highly recommend this book.
Emily Caudle
This book was okay.......it has a really good story line to it. However, for some reason, I had a hard time focusing and getting engaged with what was happening.....To me, the book was kinda wordy and maybe extended too long.....Like I said, it has a great story behind it, though.
Jeanette Parker
Feb 11, 2017 Jeanette Parker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read, but got tired of all the characters repeatedly dropping their heads/faces into their hands .
Victoria Newman
Nov 10, 2016 Victoria Newman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a great book to read
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Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical novels, including Colorado Book Award finalist The Still of Night, Christy Award finalists Indivisible and The Tender Vine, and Christy Award winners Secrets and The Breath of Dawn that won both a Christy Award and Inspirational Readers Choice Award and was a finalist for a people' ...more
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