A Rush of Wings is a psychological romantic suspense that gripped my attention until its conclusion. Each character has  a blend of both positive and negative traits that help to keep them realistic. Although Noelle St. Clarie can’t remember why she is running away, she has the presence of mind to avoid using her credit cards or anything else that can be used to track her location. Vivid nightmares and flashbacks add to her reluctance to trust men but both Rick and Morgan Spencer are able to break through her defenses. As Noelle finds the peace she seeks on the Spencer ranch, she lets down her guard and begins to fall in love.

As the reader learns more about Noelle’s nightmares and the father and fiance she has left behind, a few clues begin to emerge. However Heitzmann feeds the information a little at a time so that the reader only suspects what is really behind the nightmares and terror Noelle experiences and does not know the full story until the end.

Although A Rush of Wings is a reissue, it is a worthwhile story for anyone who hasn’t read it. I would definitely recommend it as well as any other book written by Heitzmann.

This book was provided for review by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


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 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. But as their attentions breach the wall she hides behind, the past becomes a menacing threat from which Noelle can no longer hide.


Kristen learned to read at age four in the sit-on-the-floor school her father taught at home. That was the start of her love affair with stories. Skipping kindergarten, she went to first grade at five and dove into learning with a passion. In elementary school, she wrote and illustrated her own miniature books and the highlight of the week was the mile and a half walk to the book mobile.

A bit of a tomboy, she and her brother played numerous make believe games of cowboys and Indians. She played the Indian because the toy bow really shot arrows (a distinct advantage over caps.) Other early interests were catching frogs and exploring, playing baseball and football, and any form of art she could put her hand to. She studied violin from age seven to seventeen, taught herself piano, guitar, recorder and tambourine.

Of her three main interests, art, music and writing, she chose to study English at the University of Colorado and thrived on Creative Writing and Literature classes. She married her husband Jim, and turned her energy to building a family. They have four children whom they have home schooled for all or most of their education. Kristen is a music minister with the ecumenical covenant community People of Praise.

Once she realized the stories in her head were truly a calling from the Lord, she made writing not just a passion, but a ministry. She has written seven historical fiction novels as part of the The Rocky Mountain Legacy series and the Diamond of the Rockies series. Most recently, she has written seven contemporary fiction novels: Twilight, A Rush of Wings, The Still of Night, Halos, Secrets, Unforgotten, and Freefall.

Writing is not only a passion for Kristen, it is a commission, her way of sharing the themes of grace and forgiveness and dependence on Christ. She believes God gave her a voice, and she joyfully uses the talent for His glory.