The Breath of Dawn

by Kristen Heitzmann

Paperback, 2012



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Bethany House Publishers (2012), 446 pages

Original publication date



Fiction. Romance. Christian Fiction. Historical Fiction. Stalked by a man bent on revenge, Quinn fears her past has ruined all hope for a peaceful lifeâ??and plunged everyone she loves into dang


INSPY (Winner — Romance — 2013)
Christy Awards (Nominee — Contemporary Romance — 2013)


Original language


Physical description

446 p.; 8.3 inches


0764210424 / 9780764210426

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LibraryThing member love2readnovels
Morgan Spencer has been living in the depth of despair since his wife Jill was killed. He's been living at his brother Rick's ranch to try to heal. Rick & Noelle have helped care for his daughter, Olivia, but he realizes that he needs to slowly return to his life again. Quinn Reilly tried to do the
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right thing, but now she lives in fear. Her ebay store allows her to have an income while remaining anonymous. Quinn comes to Juniper Falls to check out an estate sale. While there, she encounters the infamous Morgan Spencer. She's drawn to him and his sweet little girl. But trouble is just around the corner. When Quinn starts receiving threats from the man she sent to prison, she asks Morgan for help. Solving problems is Morgan Spencer's specialty. But his solution to this problem sends them on a path they didn't expect with an outcome they couldn't anticipate.

Breath of Dawn is a fantastic, well-written, spell-binding story! It's one that once you pick it up, not only do you not want to put it down, you simply can't! Morgan Spencer was someone that totally intrigued me in Rush of Wings and again in The Still of Night. But I love the Morgan Spencer in Breath of Dawn. He's such an interesting and complex hero. Quinn was very easy to like. She's strong yet vulnerable which makes for a great combination. The relationship between Morgan and Quinn absolutely sizzled and you'll love watching it all unfold before your very eyes. The interaction, as well as the dialog between them, was supreme. There were lots of savory parts that caused me to go back and read them again. The suspense was great but there was also an element of 'creepy' that makes your hairs stand on end. I loved spending time with Rick and Noelle again, as they play a major roll in this story. The characters deal with tremendous heartache, loss, and disappointment but God's goodness and prevailing grace shine through, like a beacon, guiding them through their darkest moments. Though you could read this as a stand alone, I highly recommend you start the journey with Rush of Wings and move through the series. Breath of Dawn is definitely a favorite and has a spot on my keeper shelf!

Paperback: 437 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0764210424
ISBN-13: 978-0764210426

*This complimentary copy was provided by Bethany House through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
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LibraryThing member Organicshoes
Be prepared to not want to put this book down. The Breath of Dawn is the first book I have read from author Kristen Heitzmann and it does not disappoint. I have found that the books I am unsure about are the ones I end up staying up way past my bedtime reading.

Heitzmann has created two main
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character who do not find themselves in the position of a stereotypical suspense/romance novel. In most novels one character finds them in a situation where they need rescued, from a person, themselves, their past, or many other things. However, Heitzmanns’ characters of Morgan Spencer and Quinn Reilly are both characters with a strong will, but both of them need rescued.

Morgan Spencer has suffered devastation in his life, his 2-year-old daughter, Livie, is the only thing that gets him through his day. On the other hand Quinn Reilly made a choice four years that put a man behind bars and a threat on her life, now living under the radar, she lives in a world where she is always prepared to run, to not get too close to others. Morgan and Quinn quickly find their lives intertwining through circumstances, but it may just be what each of them needs to find themselves and both to start living again.

Heitzmann has created a story that will captivate you and keep you turning until the very last page. Her characters are strong and complex but also relate-able and fragile that you will connect to their stories. This book is hard to put into only one genre, Heitzmann is an amazing writer that can write across genres in one book from romance to suspense to mystery this book has it all.

If you are a fan of Dee Henderson, Lynette Eason and Dani Pettrey be sure to add Kristen Heitzmann to your list of must read authors!

I received this book complimentary from Bethany House Publishers through the Litfuse program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and have not been swayed in any way.
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LibraryThing member vintagebeckie
The Breath of Dawn is the third novel featuring the Spencer family. The novels can be read as standalones, but why would you want to? They are just sooo good. In this book Heitzmann introduces Quinn Reilly, a woman who has left her family and friends to free herself from the overly strict doctrines
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of her church and to escape detection by a former church minister who she testified against. Settled in Juniper Springs, Colorado, Quinn is busy building her online sales business and maybe her own life. But Quinn can run, but she cannot hide from the man pursuing her. Not until she makes a marriage of convenience with Morgan Spencer who promises her safety, but not his whole heart.

Heitzmann has created a wonderful romance tinged with suspense and tension. She has also included a dose of spiritual warfare that is down right creepy! At 400+ pages, you will not want this story to end. The best part of the book are the characters, though. Morgan Spencer is larger than life — a great romantic character. Quinn is quiet, yet feisty when needed. And you will absolutely fall in love with Morgan’s pint-sized daughter, Livvie. These are characters that become real to the reader. And while the love story, with its marriage of convenience, seemed a bit out there at first, it really does work in this book.
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LibraryThing member Brenda63
A nice clean romantic story with a good dose of mystery. The story is a bit implausible at times, but I still enjoyed reading it. The author is a Christian, but Christian themes seemed to be thrown in helter skelter and the references were such that someone without a Christian background would not
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understand them. Still it was nice to read something without foul language and sex scenes.
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LibraryThing member TammyPhillips
Loved it! The Breath of Dawn was even better than I expected. I was looking forward to reading Kristen Heitzmann's latest, having read many of her other books, and I was not disappointed. The Breath of Dawn moved at a fast pace with just enough suspense to keep me guessing. And the best part was
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the sweet romance throughout the tale. I love how Heitzmann keeps her characters real and that she doesn't feel the need to saturate her romances with angst and heartache. These characters feel deeply, and sometimes experience sorrow, but she imbues her characters with a maturity and loyalty that I find refreshing.
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LibraryThing member SherylHendrix
A book full of interesting characters and several subplots. I was frustrated initially with thoughts that this must be a sequel to some other book as too much seemed left unexplained; however, as the book progressed I became more and more involved in the lives of the main characters, Morgan Spencer
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and Quinn Reilly and the subtle subplots started to answer the missing pieces of the plot. While it began slowly, the pace picked up, and I woke at 3 am this morning to read for another 2 1/2 hours in order to finish the story.
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LibraryThing member WCallister
I Loved this book! The story was engaging and kept you guessing through the entire story. Excellent twists and the characters were great. Highly recommend.
LibraryThing member emily.ann
I was a little worried the first few pages because it felt like it was part of a series that I didn't read any other books in. But very shortly, the characters became familiar and their past/background was given enough explanation for me to understand.
I enjoyed the interactions between characters
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and the relationships that built and grew throughout. It was an interesting and fun read and I often didn't want to stop reading for the night.
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LibraryThing member judyg54
This book is labeled as a "fast-paced and complex love story" and I would have to agree. It is the third book in the series and as with most books you can read it as a stand alone, BUT I wouldn't recommend it. I had just finished book two, "The Still of Night", and then began this story and let me
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just say, I was totally stunned by how the author started this story!

Morgan Spencer is pouring his life into his little girl, Livie, and trying to just get through another day since his wife Jill was killed in an auto accident. Quinn Reilly is a young lady who has been living her life and hiding herself away so the man she put in prison can never find her when he gets out. Through a chance meeting these two people will find themselves on a roller coaster ride of romance and suspense all thrown together.

I just can't seem to find anything wrong with Morgan Spencer. He is just an all around great guy who knows what he wants and usually gets it. Their "love" story was a joy to read. I enjoyed the first half of this story more than the last half. It was all good, but the whole sordid story centered around Quinn's family and the man who is out to do her harm, along with the "evil" house was a little too much for me. All in all it was a great series of books that I would highly recommend. Kristen Heitzmann wrote a great series with "endearing characters" and "exciting plots" and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this whole series.

I want to thank Bethany House (through Net Galley and through LibraryThing) for giving me this book for my honest review.
Paperback: 437 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0764210424
ISBN-13: 978-0764210426
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LibraryThing member grammyellen
Quinn Reilly confronts her past and meets widower Morgan Spencer. The man she helped put in prison is released and comes after her to get revenge. Quinn has unknowingly put Morgan and his daughter in danger. Ms. Heitzmann delivers with another great complex romantic suspense book. This is what she
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does best and anyone who reads this book will not be disappointed.
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LibraryThing member amcreech
Quinn Reilly is a brave young woman making it on her own. A kind act for someone she barely knows ends up leading her to a life she only dreamed of. When the release of a man from prison puts her life in danger, a wonderful man does everything he can to keep her safe. This was a great book with
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wonderful characters. I am so grateful to have won this book and to have had a chance to read it.
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LibraryThing member milibrarian
Morgan's life has revolved around his 2-year old daughter since the death of his wife. His family fears that he will never be able to love again the way he cared for Jill. Then he meets Quinn who has been hired to clear out an estate so that he can buy the house. However, Quinn has her own problems
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when a man she testified against four years earlier is released from prison and comes looking for revenge. Morgan proposes a rather unorthodox solution which takes his family by surprise and will change both of their lives.

This was a good story, and I enjoyed it. There were a few coincidences and at times, the characters' relationships seemed to change a little bit too abruptly. In spite of these minor flaws, this book will be enjoyed by Dee Henderson's fans and those who enjoy Christian fiction because it is clean, but don't want it to be preachy. I am looking forward to more books by this author, and may even read the earlier ones in the series.
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LibraryThing member macnoid
Loved this book! The characters were well developed, and likeable, and the plot had enough twists and turns that it kept you reading to find out what happened next. I actually lost some sleet as I couldn't put it down and stayed up too late reading !! I am an avid reader of Christian writers, but
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hadn't read any of Heitzmann's books yet....and although I realize this was the 3rd in a series, it was still a great read, and could have been a 'stand alone' book. But of course, I now have to get the other 2 and read them! Will be a bit like reading a book, then a prequel gets written, so you read the story behind the story later! I will be checking out more books from this author soon!
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LibraryThing member Justjenniferreading
There wasn’t much about this book that I didn’t like. It was a little on the unbelievable side, but that’s what makes for such good fiction. The story takes lots of twists and really stay exciting till the end of the book. There was so much going on I didn’t realize how much had changed in
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the character’s lives until after I finished it and ended up re-reading the first chapter again.

Quinn seemed to have two different personalities. There was her strong side that she showed the world to keep them from prying into her life. To keep herself hidden and out of harms way. Then there was the side of her that lived inside of her. Always scared that she was going to have to start running at the drop of a hat. When she met Morgan and his little girl Livie she didn’t realize that it was going to change her life in so many ways. Morgan also underestimated what part Quinn would take in his life and his heart. Morgan was one of those people who would give anything to make the people in his life happy. He just happens to have the money to make sure that they are more than happy. He was really endearing. And Livie was such a cute character. Every time she spoke in the book I could hear the cutest little kid voice in my head. Even though Livie wasn’t a main character I think I liked her the best, just because she was such a little cutie when I imagined her in my head.

The writing, as I expected from Heitzmann, was well done. The dialogue was believable and the story was well executed. The only reason I didn’t give this a perfect rating is that given what else I’ve read of Heizmann’s works I was expecting something a little different from this book. It was still really good, and there was some “dark” parts of the story that were true to Heitzmann’s form. I just thought it would be a bit on the darker side I guess. But just because it didn’t stand up to what I was expecting doesn’t mean it wasn’t a really good book.
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LibraryThing member abcarroll
Quinn Reilly runs is a quiet woman who keeps to herself. She has a ebay business that keeps her busy and dealing with items from other people's pasts. When she is tasked with cleaning out, sorting and selling the contents of a deceased woman's house she comes face to face with Morgan Spencer.
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Meeting Morgan makes Quinn deal with her past, and puts them both in danger.
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LibraryThing member PatriciaW4
Widower Morgan Spencer has retreated from his successful business consultancy following the death of his wife to focus on raising his young daughter in the Rocky Mountains with help from his brother and sister-in-law. When Quinn Riley shows up, she is drawn into Morgan’s world, finding warmth and
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acceptance she desperately craves. But Quinn has her own demons, demons that have forced her into an isolation motivated by fear of the man she helped to put behind bars, now recently released. A specialist in fixing problems, Morgan offers a solution to Quinn’s dilemma, one that draws her closer to him and that sets them both on a dangerous path.

The Breath of Dawn has haunting quality which couples nicely with the suspense of Quinn’s haunting by the man she testified against as well as the setting of a portion of the story, an old house with a repugnant past. More romance than suspense, at times, the pace was a bit slow for me, at least in the first half, but then the story picks up as the suspense ramps up toward the thrilling climax. Heitzmann takes on a number of controversial topics—the practices of hardline Christian churches, prophetic con men, mental health therapy, even death and the grieving process. Overall, The Breath of Dawn is a deeply engaging story, one readers are unlikely to quickly forget.
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LibraryThing member heidip
The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann is a stand-alone book, however it is part of The Rush of Wings series, book #3. If you want the background of the story, you would need to read A Rush of Wings and The Still of Night first.

Heitzmann brings back all our favorite characters in this third
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installment. The story focuses on Morgan and his brokenness after his wife's death in a car accident. Meanwhile Quinn moves to the area to hide from her past after testifying against a religious con-artist. Unfortunately, the con-artist gets released from prison and endangers the lives of the Spenser family.

What did I think? Well, this isn't my favorite installment in the series. Maybe it was because of the long time lapse between installments. (The second book was published in 2003.) But, also, there was demon possession in the book. While I believe that's possible, it just seemed a little too dramatic and a bit unrealistic. I did get sucked into the story, and I do love the Spenser family. It is fast-paced and fun. I would recommend starting with A Rush of Wings first, even though it's not necessary. I really did enjoy the first two books in the series.

I received a copy of this book free from for an honest review.
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LibraryThing member starbritejan
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The story line was great! Kept me on my toes through a lot of it. It was hard to put down as wanted to read the whole book in one sitting! Very, Very good book!
LibraryThing member Holly_Combs
I was excited to see The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann come across my desk because I’ve been a long-time fan of hers. Lately, I think her books have been a little hit-and-miss with some big hits and a few definite misses. So I was looking forward to seeing which this would be.

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technically considered a “stand alone” novel, The Breath of Dawn picks up a few years after A Rush of Wings and The Still of Night leave off. While perhaps not my favorite Heitzmann books ever, these two are both part of my collection and I enjoyed the characters immensely.

The Breath of Dawn follows the story of Morgan Spencer, two years after his wife died in a tragic accident Morgan is trying to put his life back together while caring for his young daughter. Meanwhile Quinn Reilly has come to the same remote town in Colorado escaping her past and trying to build a future. When secrets from her past slam into her present, Quinn desperately turns to Morgan Spencer for help–but his solution may cost her more than she bargained for.

True to Heitzmann’s style, the book was thoroughly written with attention paid to each detail. She explores not only the physical plot but the emotional and even psychological aspects of each character. The Breath of Dawn fell squarely center of her range–including reference to the impact of dark and evil forces without that playing a central role in the story.

The dialogue was well written with more than enough narrative to push the story along (in excess of 400 pages!). It began slowly, but in the end this book kept me up reading far past my bedtime because I just had to read one more page to learn what happened next! The Breath of Dawn is engaging, the characters likable yet fallible and the plot entertaining and suspenseful. I appreciate Heitzmann’s ability to intertwine twists and turns and suspense without losing the detailed characters and internal struggle that she writes so well.

I received a complimentary copy of The Breath of Dawn from Bethany House Publishers, but I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All writing, thoughts, and opinions are solely mine.
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LibraryThing member rphalliburton
This was a great book. I had never heard of the author until I received this book. The suspence was there, right along with the romance. The relationships between the characters was explained thoroughly. The circumstances of the mystery were revealed little by little so that the mystery remained
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almost to the end. The Christian response to Hannah by Erin, her sister, was heartening. I will read more of her books.
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LibraryThing member mwortinger
Morgan Spencer is trying to adjust after his wife was killed in an accident. He meets Quinn who also has problems of her own. She testified against a con man that went to her father's church and after spending time in prison he was released and started making threats to Quinn. Some of the parts of
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this book were a little unbelievable but all in all it was a good book. Full of suspense and romance it really kept my attention. Even though I haven't read any other books in this series it was easy to follow on its own.
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LibraryThing member Godsgirl
This was a good but sometimes predictable story. I really did like the main character and the type of business she ran. And her determination was very good to see. Also, liked the relationships she built in the new town she was hiding in. Would recommend to a friend.
LibraryThing member MissYvonnee
A romantic suspense novel that kept me interested until the end. Although I've never read anything by Kristen Heitzmann I will definitely look for her novels in the future.
LibraryThing member mookiekat
After losing his wife, Morgan Spencer tries to hide his pain by wrapping himself up in his 2 yr old daughter Livie while living with his brother and sister-in-law (Noelle) on their ranch. Hiding from an ugly past and a man (Markham) who Quinn Reilly hoped would be put away for a long, long time she
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tries to start over. Fate throws Morgan and Quinn together during a Thanksgiving dinner Quinn prepares for her new friend Noelle. Quinn soon falls head over heels in love with Morgan’s daughter Livie. Markham’s release is made known to Quinn when she starts getting threats on her phone which are seen by Morgan. Quinn decides to run but Morgan having become fond of Quinn offers her a solution that could possibly keep her safe and help her to disappear too. When those plans don’t work they find that facing the past in order to be able to have a future might be the only choice they have.
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LibraryThing member mattidw
I loved the beginning of this book and thought that I would love everything about this book. I fell in love with all of the characters and the plot was great but when I was about half way through the book I just couldn't get into the book anymore. I think the problem for me was the fact that the
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turn of events seemed so far fetched that I just couldn't see it actually happening. Since I couldn't see it happening in really life I had a hard time finishing the book. The author is a great author and I can't wait to check out her other books but I can't recommend this book simple because it was so far fetched at least to me.
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