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.
My latest book was Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann was very interesting. I have read other books of hers and knew I would not be disappointed.
Storyline covers a corporate turnaround specialist named Morgan Spencer. Everything he touches turns to gold in the business world but not in his personal world. He lost his wife and has not fully recovered her death. He has a two year old, Livie, who is "his life". Enter Quinn Reilly who comes to care for the Spencer family. She was involved with putting a man in jail with her testimony and goes to great lengths to shield and protect herself, but threats start surfacing against her. She puts the Spencer family in danger but she need Morgan to help her fix problems. He has a counterproposal that takes them in a direction neither is ready to handle. Confronting the past is one hurdle but a future together is questionable.
Good story for the most part. I felt the story was too long and places in the middle of the book were being drawn out and not holding my interest.
Thanks to Baker Publishing for sending me this copy free of charge just for my honest opinion.
This book is a third in a series regarding the Spencer family. It centers around Morgan and Quinn trying to figure out their past and how their lives can blend together in the future. I have read the first 2 books in this series and was truly touched by the events in the Spencer family. This third one had a lot of hits and misses. It was very suspenseful and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happens in the end but I felt there were to many parts of it left incomplete. I feel indifferent about recommending this book that was given to me from Bethany House Publishing for my honest opinion.
This book was a lot harder to read than most of Kristen's books, it was darker and more emotional.
The book deals mainly with grief and fear.
Morgan is grieving the loss of the wife he had so little time with and the daughter he feels he killed while trying to save.
Quinn is afraid. She did the right thing several years ago but a wedge was driven between her and her family, all but her Grandpa. How far will the man she helped put in jail go when he is released and who will he destroy with her?
Another theme in this book is the malevolent house that Quinn is cleaning out. What happened to the people and what IS the evil presence in the cellar?
A secretive Mother and a search for an unknown Father. An ancient bottle of LSD. A Sister with a mental problem. An overbearing pastor/father. A man conning an entire church in the name of God.
Not to forget the psychopath bent on revenge. All of this makes for a story well worth reading but will leave you emotionally wrung out by the end. While I didn't need a box of tissues I was left doing a lot of thinking in between chapters and after I had finished.
One bright spot in this book is the cutest little girl that everyone will want to hug and "playammals" with. Plus I think we would all love a Grandpa like Quinn's Pops, loving and willing to spend time with a girl who needs a little attention.
One thing to note, this book could be considered rated PG-13 because of the intense and difficult emotions and scenes. I would not give this book to a young teenage girl. I am in my 20's but I had a hard time with some of the themes since I had no personal experience to base from.
Note: This book is a standalone but for better understanding of the characters and some back-history you should read A Rush Of Wings and The Still Of Night first.
Going into this book, I did not realize that it was book 3 in a series. I thought it was a stand alone. However, you don't need to read the other 2 books in order to follow the story line. Kristen Heitzmann is becoming a favorite author of mine, so when I saw this book was up for review, I snagged it right away. I will say that I was not disappointed in the least either.
Corporate turnaround specialist Morgan Spencer, dubbed the "success guru," has a Midas touch in business. But losing his wife sent him to the brink, and his two-year-old daughter, Livie, is all he's living for--until they encounter a woman whose trouble just might draw him out of his own.
Four years ago Quinn Reilly did the right thing. Now the man her testimony put in jail is getting out. Though she has put up barriers to protect herself and those around her, she has come to care for the Spencer family, especially the winsome Livie and her mercurial father. Unwilling to put them at risk when the threats begin, she requests something she hopes the super-successful Morgan might be able to deliver.
Fixing problems is what Morgan does best, but his counterproposal takes them in a direction neither is equipped to handle. Determined to confront the past, will they survive to build a future?
Kristen throws you for a loop in the middle of the story that I did not see coming. I was not able to put the book down I wanted to know what was going to happen. There were many layers to this book and I loved the way everything came together seamlessly at the end. I was intrigued by the rabbit trails I thought she had sent us on knowing that somehow they would all come together, and I was very happy the way they did. This is a book I highly recommend!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for review.