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.
This is one of the most suspenseful, romance thrillers I've read in a long time; a book that was hard to put down but also kept rolling through my thoughts at bedtime. I had read one of Kristen Heitzmann's book quite awhile ago, but it wasn't as suspenseful as this.
From the back cover of the book: "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 as risk when the threats begin, she requests something she hope 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?"
This book has so many twists and turns, you are never quite sure what will happen next. A good plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The characters are well developed and you can imagine that you know them. I will say this isn't for the faint of heart; but if you like mysteries, you'll like this. Check your library to see if they have it on their shelves, you won't be disappointed.
I received this book free from Bethany House for my honest review and did not get any compensation.
I had a hard time getting into this story, perhaps because I hadn't read the first two books. For about a third of the book, it felt like I was missing some background information. Still, once I got past that it was entertaining enough and I enjoyed the suspense that Quinn's past created. Most of the storyline was intriguing, but I'm not sure that asylum part added a whole lot to the story, Not till near the end did I find out why it was actually pertinent to the story - by then it didn't matter anymore, and seemed like an unnecessary addition to the book. As far as characters are concerned, I liked the spunky Quinn, even though her spunkiness and spontaneity led her to make disappointing rash decisions. Morgan is somewhat unrealistic - how many men in real life have wealth, power, looks, always make sound decisions, are very likeable, fly off to Paris and come home married to a mere stranger (just to help her) and it actually works out well? All this, while still grieving the loss of a spouse. Unless you like an â€˜it all works on paper' type of story this character, as wonderful as he is in the story, is just a bit too perfect. Granted sometimes a touch of fantasy is fine, if it's not too farfetched.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
Complex. Multi-layered. Consuming. I've been wrestling with finding the right words to convey the power and depth of this story for hours. Characters became family and danger became personal. What a riveting read! I'd have tons to say at a book club meeting but am hesitating here because I don't want to post any spoilers.
One of the things that struck me the most is the incredible characterization. Heitzmann has thought each one through from motive to reaction and on to redemption. Amazing. This reads real.
The suspense is drawn out with expert care. There are scenes I knew were significant early on in the book but I didn't know how they would play out in the full spectrum of things. Thankfully Heitzmann did...and I just have to say 'amazing' again!
If you like depth and spirit paired with romance and hope mixed up in an incredibly suspenseful plot, you are going to love The Breath of Dawn!
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
We fall in love with the fiestiness of Quinn Riley and her compassion for others, while fleeing a danger no one knows about. Morgan Spencer can "fix" anything, except himself. He lives totally for Livie, his daughter, while cloistered at his brother's ranch. When the danger Quinn is running from finds her, she has to turn to the one man she thinks can fix her problem: Morgan. His solution ends up being the "fix" they both are needing. This was a fabulous Kristen Heitzmann novel and a wonderful conclusion to the Rush of Wings trilogy! I could not put it down and have read through some of my favorite parts several times!