She is frequently haunted my memories and dreams, but does not know why she is having these terrifying flashbacks.
She finds herself attracted to the two brothers at the ranch where she is staying. One is a charming yet troubled businessman, the other, a rugged rancher.
Yet as soon as anyone tries to get close, Noelle panics in terror and can not explain her reasons, even to herself.
Through all this, Noelle is in a constant battle against the faith that the rancher exhibits in his life and wishes for her to share. For some reason, the thought of God fills Noelle with fear and anger. Was anything in her life really as it seemed?
This was a good book with some interesting twists that were unexpected.
I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of review.
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.
Though her panic is real, Noelle St. Claire is uncertain what danger she is fleeing. Fragmented images and slivers of memory have driven her to abandon her wealthy, sheltered life in New York for the hope of a havenâ€”remote and safe.
Noelle's arrival at the Rocky Mountain horse ranch owned by Rick Spencer and his brother Morgan causes more than a little stir. Beautiful, vulnerable, yet strangely secretive, Noelle is an enigma the two contrasting brothers seek to unlock. But as their attentions breach the wall she hides behind, the past becomes a menacing threat from which Noelle can no longer hide.
A Rush of Wings by Kristen Heitzmann has been in my "to read" pile for a while now. Noelle St. Clair is a wealthy, yet sheltered young woman. Her memories are sharp fragments of the past that scare her into running away. Although, she has no idea what it is she is fleeing, she is frantic to stay away from the past. Noelle is confused and running away from something she is not even sure happened. The author does a fantastic job of telling a romantic story that keeps you in suspense until the very end.
I do highly recommend this book if you enjoy mystery and romance. This book has great twists and turns, just when you think you have it figured out and you know what is going to happen, hold on to your hat a twist happens and the story is turned upside down. It is a great page turner to the very end. She points her readers to Christ. I appreciated the fact that Heitzmann shows us the struggle that is in each of us as we seek to find God in all of our lives. All we have to do is turn back to God and find the strength that we need to get through each day. The characters seemed so real I felt like I was a fly on the wall. The author had a way of telling the story that made it interesting and yet so intriguing to the very end. I really had no idea how the book would turn out until the very last page.
Note: This book was originally published in 2003 and was re-published with a new cover in 2010.
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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.
Noelle St. Claire is on the run. She's not sure why and she's not sure who she should be afraid of but Noelle knows she has to put as much distance between herself and her New York City home as she can. She's fleeing her wealthy, pampered life with only a small suitcase and $5,000 to her name. After blindly changing buses for several days, Noelle finds herself in tiny mountain town in Colorado and rents a room from Rick Spencer, horse trainer and dude ranch owner.
The beauty and serenity of the mountains calm Noelle's fears and she begins to paint watercolors of the majestic scenery. Rick allows her to ride one of the horses and she goes out exploring every day, bringing back wildflower and mountain scenes captured by her paintbrush. Noelle sells her paintings to tourists in a little shop in town to supplement her dwindling supply of cash.
Although Noelle feels safe on the Spencer Ranch, she begins to have flashbacks of unexplainable terror. Rick's brother, Morgan, attempts to romance Noelle, but his closeness frightens her. And Noelle has a new worry--when the tourist season is over, no one buys her paintings so she is without an income. Her fears for the future seem to be over when the shop owner offers to both find a place in the big city to sell the paintings and a house for Noelle. Assured of a seemingly secure future, Noelle moves away form Rick's ranch in spite of his warnings that the shop owner is not what she seems. Unfortunately, Rick's warnings come true when Noelle finds herself without food or money to pay her bills. Rick rescues her from her cold home and takes her home with him.
Noelle now is confronted with her feelings of gratitude and perhaps more for Rick. But she is afraid to be honest with him about her past--especially since she can't even remember what it is she should tell him about herself.
I enjoyed this novel. It was somewhat predictable and sometimes melodramatic but I thoroughly enjoyed the escape from reality it provided. And isn't that why I'm reading after all?
Thank you Bethany House for providing this review copy.