The Breath of Dawn left me wanting to read more after each chapter as I learned more about the lives of Quinn and Morgan as they both are seeking to find their way out of pain and heart ache. As Quinn risks to build relationships with those around her, the danger of her past becomes greater. I found myself wanting to keep reading one more chapter to know if there was safety there for her and others she came to love.
Do not let the size of this book intimidate you! Even though it is 437 pages, you will be done with it before you realize it and wishing it was twice as long! I read at night and found myself staying up way too long to read "just a little more" until I was drooling on my pillow and the book was slipping out of my hand.
This is Ms. Heitzmann's 3rd book in this series. I have read them all. I feel you can easily read it by itself, but if you do, you will definitely want to read the others! The story was also very fast paced and there are no lulls or dull moments. The author has a talent of describing the settings and the characters so vividly that you just naturally picture them in your mind. Your own personal mental movie!
I loved the surprise element. Every time I thought I had the next twist in the plot figured out, the story would go in a totally different direction.
Morgan Spencer is wealthy, handsome, and after 2 years still deeply grieving the sudden loss of his wife. The only thing to keep him going is his 2 year old daughter Livie. His brother Rick and his wife Noelle have helped him but he feels it is time for him and Livie to create a life of their own. He buys a deceased neighbor's house to make the transition.
Quinn is hired by the neighbor's daughter to cull through the home and sell whatever is of value, not knowing Morgan has purchased it as is. Morgan and she are thrown together when he makes a surprise visit to inspect his new home. Meeting her stirs feelings in Morgan he never thought he would have again. Surprisingly his daughter is quite taken with her too. Quinn has lived the last four years in fear and hiding. Her testimony sent a very wicked man to jail. She finds out he is out of prison and looking for her to seek revenge.
When Morgan learns of her need for anonymity and protection, he impulsively proposes marriage, strictly business of course. She will remain safe and he will have someone to take care of his child. No strings attached.
Neither of them are prepared for what is to come. Both must learn to hope and love again, letting go of their pain from the past. As problems arise, Morgan finds his faith in God and biblical truths to come alive as Quinn struggles to trust God and others again.
This is beautiful story of unexpected love, healing, and learning to let go of the past. Add to all this, the romance, suspense and mystery and you have a fantastic book! You will want to read this one!
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write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
I've read and loved Kristen Heitzmann's books for years. And this romance-thriller is no exception. I love how Ms. Heitzmann weaves a story line and makes her characters so believable. She also has a style that is easy to read, moves quickly, and is suspenseful.
The Breath of Dawn is a story about two main characters-Morgan Spencer, who has lost his wife in a tragic accident and is hardly raising his small daughter-and Quinn Riley, who is running from her past and trying to hide. Quinn has a business where she buys and resells antiques or collectibles. And she becomes involved with the Spencer family through Morgan's sister-in-law. This same sister-in-law has become a surrogate mother to Morgan's daughter and Morgan decides to run his corporation from his brother's ranch allowing his daughter time with her aunt while spending more time with her himself. So he buys a home near his brother's ranch which Quinn is emptying for her business for the previous owner. They meet_and Quinn has no idea Morgan Spencer is a self-made millionaire. And Morgan has no idea Quinn has sent a man to prison and that he's been released and is out to get Quinn. They reluctantly become involved and then Quinn is afraid of the man whose chasing her, but more afraid of what that will mean to the Spencer family.
There are so many twists and turns and you can't help but cheer for Quinn & Spencer-hoping they succeed in their relationship and overcome the enemy in their lives.
The Breath of Dawn is, well, what can I say? There's a reason Kristen Heitzman is one of my favorite authors. She writes some of the best Christian romantic suspense I have ever read, and this book certainly did not disappoint.
Quinn Reilly figured she was safe, thought she had managed to "disappear" so that her past wouldn't catch up with her. But then in the blink of an eye, danger is upon her. Morgan Spencer has been through so much pain in his life that he hardly expects anything good anymore. His little girl is the only thing keeping him going. He and Quinn meet and then circumstances through them together over and over. When he hears of her plight, he offers a solution that sounds crazy to Quinn-- and to Morgan's family. But will it turn out to be something so much better than either of them could ever imagine?
There are two previous books in this series, and while each stands alone, the other two will give you some background into the lives of the characters. They are A Rush of Wings and The Still of Night.
This book is an awesome read and I would highly recommend it.
I am a bit torn on this one. Most of the time I really enjoy books by this author, and I do remember reading the 2 previous novels that used characters who are in this stand-alone novel. (You do not need to read A Rush Of Wings or The Still Of Night first to understand The Breath Of Dawn, but they are good books.) This just seemed to drag sometime, though, to the point I would put it down and forget about it for a few days. Ultimately I did enjoy it, but there were parts that could have been omitted and I never would have missed them. There were also things in the story that I never did understand the point of them being included. This is definitely a book the fans will love, and especially those who like a continuation of stories with beloved characters. I simply lost interest during some parts of the story that didn't appeal as much to me.
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for a fair and honest review.