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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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Yiya
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
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Samantha Jo
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
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.
Ruth
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
Mary Ford
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
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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April Erwin
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
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
JoAnn
A Rush of Wings was a good, though sometimes confusing book. It took me a while to truly get into all that was happening, and fully understand it all. I think the book was very well written, and the story line was very interesting. I think the focus on needing the Lord in our lives for true healing was well presented and very encouraging to read. I felt it ended a bit abruptly and would have liked to see a bit more between the 2 main characters. I'm guessing, well hoping, that the 2 characters a ...more
Misty
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
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!
Kelly
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!
Nina
My sister in law suggested this book and I trust her judgement as her taste in books is what you might call high class, meaningful, and engrossing.
A Rush of Wings is about healing, endurance, trust, and trust in God. Sometimes I feel that contemporary Christian Authors sugarcoat the story to make everything fit their message, but sometimes sell the plot short. This author tells the story of a woman with deep scars of the past, and uconditional love of those that strive to help her. You feel her
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Susan
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.
Missy
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.
Ashley
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
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
Pamela Courtney
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.
Jill
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!
June
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
Loved this book. Read it in 2009 and still miss the characters in 2013.
Carolyn
Amazing. True to real life as I know it. Choosing to heal, to love, and most of all to live in God's care. What a substantial story!

Reeling from the effects of past and current trauma, Noelle St. Claire runs away into healing situations - finding understanding of herself, her past, her own stubborn nature, the empty hole in her life. Two brothers help her to face her demons, (once she recognizes them). The journey takes time but she accepts love, God and forgiveness for the past. A great Christ
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Peggy
Ok, I may have a new 'favorite' author to add to my list
Tuba Özkat
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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Heather
Excellent! Suspenseful!
Katie
A Rush of Wings is yet another Kristen Heitzmann suspense novel that I dived into with great expectations and really enjoyed. There wasn’t as much edge-of-your-seat suspense that I usually like, but I still had a great time reading about Noelle and Rick’s adventures.

Noelle was a very uncertain character in the beginning. Dealing with a bit of abuse, her mind violently reacts with images and flashbacks to something she can’t name. In fear, she runs, severing all ties with her former life and ren
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Leah
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A Rush of Wings
By Kristen Heitzmann
Published by Bethany House

Nearly paralyzed with fear, Noelle St. Claire escapes the only world she has ever known. With little more than the clothes on her back, Noelle disappears into the Rocky Mountains, renting a room at the Spencer horse ranch where she hopes to blend in and make a new life for herself.

Of the two Spencer brothers, Morgan Spencer is immediately taken with Noelle, her aloof manner tantalizing and her stunning beauty intoxicating. Exuberant a
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Sara
This is the first book I’ve read by Kristen Heitzmann and I’m glad to say that I won’t be my last! Suspense is one of my favorite genres and when you add a bit of romance into the mix, I’m hooked. This book has a fast paced and intense plot which is what kept drawing me to this book chapter after chapter.

Heitzmann did an excellent job of building suspense by only revealing bits of Noelle’s traumatic childhood past at a time. As I read the book, I had my ideas about what happened to Noelle, but
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Proud Book Nerd
A Rush of Wings is a novel that captures the reader's attention from the very beginning. There's no narrative, descriptive introduction; the book opens with action. Noelle is running away. But from what? That's not quite clear –to the readers or to Noelle herself. Thankfully, little tidbits of information regarding what is going on are dropped throughout like Hansel and Gretel's breadcrumbs, leaving the reader satisfied that the answers to her questions are just around the bend. Fortunately, I n ...more
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Kristen learned to read at age four in the sit-on-the-floor school her father taught at home. That was the start of her love affair with stories. Skipping kindergarten, she went to first grade at five and dove into learning with a passion. In elementary school, she wrote and illustrated her own miniature books and the highlight of the week was the mile and a half walk to the book mobile.

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