"The Breath of Dawn" tells the story of Morgan and Quinn. Morgan is a successful businessman who has amassed a fortune and gained ample recognition by assisting companies solve their problems and directing them back into a profitable direction. But he now finds purpose in living only in his 2-year old daughter, after losing his wife and older daughter. Quinn makes a living by buying items from old estates and reselling them on e-bay, and has tried to isolate herself as much as possible, because she fears her past and Markham, the dangerous man she witnessed against years ago. They meet when a house is about to come to the market and both are interested in it - Quinn buys and sells items while Morgan plans to turn it into a home for him and Livie, his daughter.
When Markham is released from jail, the threatening messages start and Quinn sees her worst nightmare come true. At this point, she has become way too close to Morgan and his family and fears for their safety. She finally opens up to Morgan, the ever problem-solver that likes to take things in his own hands and offers an alternative that seems to jeopardize their future instead of securing it.
When I started reading this book, I wasn't aware that it was the third one in the series; it took me a while to become suspicious about the characters. When the rest of the Spencers are brought in the story, it was good to share their Christmas celebration; their family life has its ups and downs, but it is encouraging to see people believing in God and staying true to godly principles despite difficult circumstances.
Up to this point, "The Breath of Dawn" is another token of Kristen Heitzmann's wonderful ability to weave plots together, keep the reader interested and depict Godly characters. It all seems to be well, but there are aspects of the book that wander off of the Bible and flirt with a current idea of romance that is not godly at all. I am particularly referring to two aspects that have left me with a "cheap novel" aftertaste; by this I mean a novel that seems to be more interested in tickling the senses and finding a good marketing selling point than in portraying a character or situation from which the readers can learn Biblical principles.
The first one is the supernatural aspect of the basement; I presume that the author wanted to add suspense to the story by writing about ghosts and "a presence," but it is just distracting, it doesn't add anything to the story and is left unresolved.
The second one has to do with one aspect of Morgan's solution - (SPOILER ALERT) please note that the rest of this paragraph contains information that will reveal some details of the story, but I need to include this so that I can explain why I find it so distasteful and out of line with the rest of the story. Always the problem solver, Morgan comes up with an extreme idea that, while providing a quick solution for Quinn and which might come later in time anyway, seems too forced and almost borderline of being a one-night stand. The author "covers her bases," by having Morgan arrange a quick marriage to Quinn, out of the country and arranging a sort of dream honeymoon that might captivate a lot of readers, as it is the epitome of honeymoons, full of luxuries and money available, ready to quench any whim and craving. This is a side of Morgan completely opposite to the "family side" of Morgan; it does look like the book implies that a mere convenience is a good enough reason to get married.
In this sense, this book is very far from offering a good alternative to clean, Christian entertainment, implying that Biblical principles and ethics and morals are gray and can be blended into the current worldview - the main reason why I advice to read it with caution, or even better, not read it at all.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. This has not biased my opinion on the book or on the author.
Kristen Heitzmann's story, Breath of Dawn, was definitely hard to put down! The storyline was fast-paced, compelling, and riveting. Heitzmann does an excellent job of making her characters come to life and describing everything in detail without being disgustingly graphic.
Quinn Reilly has every reason to be afraid - running from the man she testified against, a man her whole family believed over her. Finding herself alone in a town far from home, she never dreamed that she could possibly find the life she has only dreamed of having.
Morgan Spencer had it all - riches, fame, a beautiful wife, and a newborn baby. But tragedy tears his life apart, and he wonders if he will ever learn to love again. But when he becomes wrapped up in a murder plot that shakes his family to the core, he suddenly realizes where his priorities lie.
Two hearts have been broken, but can God mend old hurts and keep love alive? This book is definitely hard to put down, so be prepared to not get much sleep until you finish it from cover to cover!
Suspenseful? Definitely. Kind of Creepy? That too.
January 2, 2013
I had a hard time getting into this story, perhaps because I hadn't read the first two books (written some 10 years ago), not realizing this book was the third in a series. As I continued thru the book, it became quite apparent I was missing pertinent background details which might have made the story more like-able. I found the book suspenseful, the storyline kept me engaged in finding out the story's resolution BUT... I found the details about the asylum disturbing and, until the story's conclusion, not completely applicable. SIDE NOTE: Not recommended for young readers; adults only. As far as character development, while Quinn & Morgan were likeable, they seemed quite unrealistic/unrelateable, even for a work of fiction. I am a new Kristen Heinzmann reader and not routinely a romantic suspense reader, so with those biases, I found this book just OKAY.
I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review; all opinions expressed here are my own.
I always enjoy Kristen Heitzmann novels and this was no exception. Breath of Dawn was a romantic suspense novel about a girl who is running from a man she testified against and finds herself turning to Morgan, a rich "success guru" who is mourning the death of his wife. This book hooked me from the beginning and was engaging the whole way through. I was thinking about a third of the way through that I had read about these characters before, which of course I had in "Rush of Wings". I thought the build up about the scary basement was a little overdone but it did come full circle in the end. I thought the book was very well done and just the right amount of suspense and romance.
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my review
This is a wonderful, heartwarming story. While it is primarily a romance, it also features action, mystery, suspense and a strong spiritual influence. Quinn Reilly, a young eBay trader, meets widower Morgan Spencer, a corporate turnaround specialist whose field of expertise is problem solving_..and Quinn's got some big problems.
Four years earlier, Quinn testified against a con man who embezzled and cheated a church's congregation out of a huge sum of money. Now the con man has been released from prison and is out for revenge. Quinn and Morgan's budding romantic relationship may be threatened and Quinn is concerned that her problems may put Morgan and his family in danger. Doing what he does best, Morgan comes up with an unconventional solution to Quinn's problem, but will it keep the family safe?
The characters are very warm, likable people except for the villain, who is deeply evil, delusional and aggressively pursues his obsession for revenge. The Spencer family has strong faith in God and love for one another. Spiritual concepts are demonstrated throughout the story. For example, when Quinn admits to being reluctant to ask God for help, Morgan compares his own love for his daughter and the joy he feels from her love to the love of God for His children. The spiritualism and wisdom woven through this story are beautiful and inspirational.
This is the third in a series by Kristen Heitzmann. Readers who have not yet read the previous books will run to the bookstore for copies of the earlier books. 'A Rush of Wings' and 'The Still Of Night' are the first two books in the series and feature most of the same characters. There are hints of back story throughout The Breath of Dawn and readers will want to spend more time with the Spencers by reading their stories.
I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of review. I highly recommend this book for adults and teenage readers.