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A Rush of Wings (A Rush of Wings Series #1) Paperback – February 1, 2003
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In this contemporary evangelical Christian romance, competent writing mostly overcomes some plot cliches, yielding an enjoyable novel. Spoiled rich girl Noelle St. Claire flees her wealthy daddy's estate in New York after breaking off her engagement to his protégé and junior partner, Michael Fallon, whose impetuous actions have pushed Noelle over the edge. She lands in Juniper Falls, Colo., at a ranch owned by Rick Spencer, a man dedicated to his horses and to God. Noelle is immediately pursued by Rick's charming rogue brother, Morgan-but something is haunting her, and she pushes him away. As the pampered Noelle wrestles the demons of her past and crafts a new identity for herself through her art, she finds that her fear of God is rooted in something traumatic that her mind refuses to remember. She doesn't find healing and resolution until the end of the tale, when she revisits the Catholic cathedral of her childhood. The novel offers some humorous moments in the interactions between the characters, and lovely nature details about the Rocky Mountains. Portions of the plot will seem familiar to regular romance readers (city girl flees home to encounter rugged cowboy in the mountains; damsel in distress is rescued by same), yet a few plot twists keep things interesting. Both Protestant and Catholic readers who like their romance with a large helping of faith will find much to enjoy in Heitzmann's light novel.
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"Mysteries, danger, drama, family ties, uncertainties, and anguish are just some of the elements in this riveting story." -- Rendezvous, Dec. 2002
"Part contemporary romance, part modern Western, and part suspense fiction, this work will appeal to both female and male readers." -- Library Journal, Feb. 1, 2003
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There she gets a room at a ranch/retreat spot and tries not only to escape and forget, but heal. We get the impression that her fiancé did something to make her scared enough to break it off, and doesn't want him to find her.
While there she comes to know two very different brothers. One (Rick) is a Christian and the owner of the ranch, the other (Morgan) seems to be a free spirited unbeliever who just wants to have a good time. Attracted to Morgan because he seems not to want anything from her but a fun time, she finds Rick intriguing because of how aloof he is.
Maintaining her control and not letting anyone in, nor sharing anything deep about herself, she lives at the Ranch in seclusion and safety until four things shake her...a fire, a horse accident, Morgan's departure making her get to know Rick more (all the while rejecting the faith he shares), then she's forced to leave the ranch, take up residence in a dingy shack and run out of money.
A number of people gave 1-star reviews because they didn't like Noelle. She had too many panic episodes, and snits, and pushing away anyone coming close to her. The reviewers felt the author made her unlikable.
However, I've seen repressed memories coming out of a woman because of people brutally and sexually abusing a her when she was young. I can tell you, it does some awful things to a person. It can transform a seemingly happy person into a scared, unsure person who suffers every time memories surface. It happened almost like what I read from this character. So I can't fault the author for writing it so often in the book...her episodes, her removal from reality, her confusion and remoteness. It's very real, very gripping.
Kudos to the author for not being graphic. What we see are glimpses of foggy scary things, but none of the actual horrible events. That sort of writing can make a person uneasy enough to put a book down forever. No, the author did it with sensitivity, but keeps you riveted.
Good book. Great presentation of the gospel and many aspects of faith without being preachy.
Loved it! Recommend it!
I have to say that Noelle was very unlikable. She irritated me throughout the story and I don't know why every guy she meets falls in love with her. She had no redeeming qualities at all, yet she left a staggering amount of broken hearts everywhere she went.
I did, however, like Rick and Morgan. I wish the author would have given them a real heroine to love. Not a self centered little spoiled brat!
This book is wonderful in many ways. It does depict true unconditional love, the love that only comes by knowing Jesus and accepting his rejoicing love over us. Because of that love, Ric in this story, was able to extend tender compassion to a young woman even though he didn't fully understand her fears.
We don't consider that a child can suffer from P.T.S.D. yet reading this story I was able to see for the first time, how my own early childhood experiences have driven the fear within me.
Due to that, I see that I have become somewhat of a recluse still trapped as a result of many life trauma's.
Jesus does set us free, and this story helps with this understanding. It may not be immediate, but with prayer and knowledge of the Fathers love, it will come.
Noelle, fleeing her home in hopes to escape. She stops in a quaint town where she ends up meeting Morgan & Rick. Can they help her? Will she let her guard down with them? Is there love brewing? Can her past find her?
Rick, owns a ranch, where he has cabins for rent. Silent, God fearing, good ol' country boy raising horses.
Morgan, Rick's brother, there to see his brother while between projects, fun loving man that is good at observing people and seeing past the shell. However, does he has a shell of his own?
Definitely worth picking up and reading! I can see myself reading this one again and again. While there are a book 2 & 3 and I do encourage you to read them, they are just as good, I will say this is good as a stand alone book as well.