Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Rush of Wings by Kristen Heitzmann

Noelle St. Claire is running on instinct. A violent episode with her fiance triggers panic and confusion about the past. She leaves her privileged life in New York, boards a bus and lands in the rural town of Juniper Falls, Colorado. Rick Spencer's horse ranch is a far better place to stay than the alternatives and he reluctantly rents her a room. Noelle doesn't think about the future or the past. Living only in the day, she makes many irrational choices, but it is only through her fall that she can clearly see the Savior she needs.

A Rush of Wings by Kristen Heitzmann is a compassionate look at the pain caused by physical and sexual abuse. The characters of Rick and Morgan Spencer complement each other well. They both are important in Noelle's healing, but as Noelle observes, Rick is complete. Morgan is broken. Their rivalry for Noelle's affection leads to tension, but the author writes them in such a way that the reader does not condemn or dislike either of them. I appreciated the author's use of originality. The plot may not have been completely unlike anything else, but the individual scenes were original and enjoyable. My favorite moment of the book was at the end of Rick and Noelle's first date.

One thing I found annoying is that the synopsis of the book states that the horse ranch is owned by Rick and Morgan Spencer. Though Morgan stays at the ranch, the book makes it pretty clear that Rick is the sole owner of the ranch. It's a little thing, but when I pick up a book, I expect the synopsis to be accurate.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."