Kristen Heitzmann's fictional novel, A Rush of Wings, fits into the formulaic genre of contemporary "Christian" romance, whereas the plot criteria includes a twenty- something year old single, yet beautiful heroine whose aspiration(s) in life usually include finding a suitable marriage prospect- whether intentional or by "accident", a potential suitor and/or suitors are found/ sought/ chosen. The characters act on their morals and their conscious, faced with minimal challanges, and there is always a happy fairy tale ending with a wedding.
In this story, the emotionally disturbed Noelle St. Clair escapes her former privileged life. arriving at a western horse ranch where she meets two potential suitors who attempt to get past her psychological defences. Her escape ushers her into not only an adventure but a spiritual journey by which she must face her past. While it is not the intention of this book, to some degree this book perpetuates the antiquated yet firmly held belief that a woman is weak and can only find true fullfilment in a relationship with a man, and that the beautiful young heroine always has a prospective suitor around the corner. In reality not all of us women, in today's society are surrounded by a number of handsome, single men whose only self-less interest is to ensure our emotional/ physical well being. Yet this is to be expected considering this is a romance novel. Albeit, this book is lengthy at 382 pages, and as far as romance novels, inteligently written and detailed. If you enjoy romance novels and heavy duty reading/ literature just isn't your thing, this is the book for you. It is clear that Kristen Heitzmann is a talented fiction writer, and her work is rich in detail and dialog. As a blogger for Bethany House publishers I recieved this book for the purpose of writing a review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.