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A Rush of Wings

(A Rush of Wings #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  3,827 ratings  ·  221 reviews
Running from terrors both recent and remembered, Noelle flees her New York mansion for the Rocky Mountains, seeking a place to hide from the men who betrayed her. Her sanctuary is a horse ranch, where she discovers solace in the breathtaking scenery she paints. But as the attentions of two brothers slowly soften the wall she hides behind, the past she yearns to escape beco ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Bethany House Publishers
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Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Tuba Özkat
Mar 17, 2015 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
Willowy Whisper
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, this is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. It was just something 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
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Samantha Jo
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noelle St. Clair is fleeing her life as a pampered, sheltered ‘rich kid’ and has nowhere to go. Unable to use her credit cards or cell phone (she doesn’t want to be traced), she places two thousand dollars in cash in her backpack with some toiletries and a couple of changes of clothing and gets on the bus, headed out of Long Island and for points West.

Ending up on a ranch in Colorado (the only decent place available to rent in the small town), Noelle’s life is about to change... but it is going
L Moreno
Aug 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
I can't finish it. I'd rather have a root canal at this point, this story is so painfully awful.

I'm listening to the audiobook for one, and the narrator is fine with female voices, but all of her male characters tend to have a nasal, clipped old-man-from-the-Ozarks voice I can't handle. Sometimes I can even hear a hint of the Surfing Bird in there. Not pretty.

I started listening to Heitzman's books to move towards more Christian fiction than non, but in the same sense as Dee Henderson's obnoxio
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
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
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
April Erwin
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Oct 06, 2010 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.
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jul 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
Mar 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Robin Sampson
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Read it in 2009 and still miss the characters in 2013.
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cowboys, mystery
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
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Excellent! Suspenseful!
Ruby Bibi
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting psychological story of a woman dealing with her demons, both past and present

-More of a psychological story, this is a story surrounding the character of Noelle St. Clair, an only child of wealthy parents, and whose mother passed away when she was a child. Though there are numerous references to a possible danger to her, the real danger is an event from her past that she has to learn to deal with. The story is really her coming to grips with the reality of what happened to her when s
AlegnaB †
This was looooong and boring. I would not have read past the first few chapters if I were reading it instead of listening to it at double speed. I didn’t like what was done with Michael, even though he was a despicable character. I was going to be generous and give the book two stars, but then at the end one of the men told Noelle, (view spoiler) ...more
Jeni Enjaian
It took me a little while to get into this book, mostly because I accidentally read the second book in the series first and already knew the basic outcome and some of the key revelations.
I kept going though and soon found myself enveloped by the plot. Heitzmann creates plots that slowly suck you in, make you care deeply about all of the characters and even imagine yourself as these characters. With the exception of the occasional villain (not a problem in this particular book), Heitzmann's chara
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Captivating Christian romance with riveting suspense

I didn't want to put this book down, it was so good.

Noelle fleas her pampered life and ends up in a small town in Colorado. She rents a room from Rick who owns a horse ranch and typically only rents to Christians. Noelle eventually tells Rick what she's running from or what she believes she's running from .

I was bothered by Noelle' s constant reference to Hawk Wings when she was afraid. It seemed like a weird image to picture and be afraid of
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Kristen Heitzmann is the award winning author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical series. An artist and musician, she'll also be found hiking the Rocky Mountain trails.

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