Review: A Rush of Wings

2 Dec

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 for the hope of a haven–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.

Is her impenetrable shell protecting her from true danger–or imagined fears?

Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of two historical series as well as ten contemporary romantic and psychological suspense novels, including The Still of Night, nominated for the Colorado Book Award; The Tender Vine, a Christy Award finalist; and the Christy Award-winning Secrets.

She lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountain foothills with her husband Jim and sundry family members and pets.

My Impressions:

I have read only one novel (Freefall) by Kristen Heitzmann before beginning A Rush of Wings.  My onlly question is why did I wait so long to read the second?! A Rush of Wings is a great book – combining just the right amount of mystery, romance and faith.

Noelle St. Claire is on the run, but she is not sure what from.  Her instincts direct her away from her home and father to an obscure mountain community in the Colorado Rockies.  Rick, the owner of the ranch where Noelle finds refuge, falls in love with Noelle, who is as skittish and impulsive as the stallion Rick is seeking to tame.  But Noelle’s lack of faith and the deeply buried secrets of her past, doom their relationship.

Heitzmann brings the majesty of the Rockies to life.  She succeeds in painting for the reader the beauty of the aspens in the fall and the remoteness of the snowy winter.  Reading this book in December was especially fun because of the Christmas celebrations of Rick’s family.

I also appreciated the flawed characters.  All struggled with disappointment, hurt, temptations and doubts.  It is refreshing to read a book where even the Christian characters fail and question — something very real outside of the pages of a book.  If you enjoy a mystery and a tender love story, choose A Rush of Wings.

Recommended.

(I received this novel from Bethany House in return for a review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)


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