Breath-taking story of love, forgiveness and faith
January 13, 2013
Quinn Reilly has lived in fear for the past four years since she had stood up for the truth against the corruption in her father's church headed by a so-called "prophet" Markham Wilder. When Markham gets out of prison vowing his revenge against her, Quinn knows that she must take drastic action in order for him not to find her. Desperate, she turns to Morgan Spencer who offers a different alternative to her solution and one that
perhaps would capture her heart.
After the death of his wife, Jill, Morgan has had it with life until a young woman who has a past catching up to her appears and turns it upside down. The man who she had helped put in jail is getting out and vowing that she would pay for his incarceration. A natural problem solver, Morgan offers her an unconventional way out of her situation but with repercussions that neither of them was ready to face.
Again Kristen has done it with an inspiring story about God's goodness and grace. I love the characters Quinn, Morgan and of course the Spencer family whom we have met in A Rush of Wings and The Still of Night. I couldn't help but fall in love "again" with Morgan as he struggles valiantly against what life throws at him. After "The Still of Night" I had thought that he has been through enough and deserved his happy ending with Jill. So when I heard that Kristen was writing this sequel to the story I was apprehensive but at the same time I've read all of Kristen's books before and she has not disappointed me yet. I did expect to have a bit more suspense in the book but the smooth plot more than made up for that. Wonderful job on this story Kristen!
"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