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The Breath of Dawn

(A Rush of Wings #3)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  1,685 ratings  ·  187 reviews
Kristen Heitzmann Delivers Powerful New Romantic Suspense

Morgan Spencer has had just about all he can take of life. Following the tragic death of his wife, Jill, he retreats to his brother's Rocky Mountain ranch to heal and focus on the care of his infant daughter, Olivia. Two years later, Morgan begins to make plans to return to his home in Santa Barbara to pick up the pi
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 2012 by Bethany House Publishers (first published September 1st 2008)
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Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Oh! Oh oh oh! I absolutely loved this story! It had been highly recommended to me and I was so happy that it lived up to my high expectations. No, actually it exceeded them! :) I knew I liked Ms. Heitzmann's writing prior to reading this and this book has solidified my love for her stories completely. I am not ashamed to say that I am officially a fan of Kristen Heitzmann! I will wear my fangirl hat for everyone to see! :D But you say you want an actual review and not just a million exclamation ...more
Margaret Tidwell
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 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 an ...more
Amanda G. Stevens
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Morgan Spencer has built a name and a fortune for himself as the "success guru," turning floundering corporations into impressive profit-makers. Solutions are what he lives for--or used to. After the death of his wife Jill, he's now focused only on his two-year-old daughter Livie ... until he meets Quinn Reilly. A man from her past is out of prison, ready to exact revenge on her for putting him there. Drawn to each other despite themselves, Morgan decides to solve Quinn's problem and Quinn decid ...more
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Kristen Heitzmann
Shelves: review, favorites
Rating: 4.5

There is a delicate narrative as part requirement in every love story. If an author wants to up the romantic tension – crafting a more “adult” romance, there is a fine line in writing something that will stir our senses and emotions in all the right ways or something that may read as if love has been sugarcoated (it’s messy). Branded as a romance, in The Breath of Dawn, Kristen Heitzmann looks beyond that, digging deeper into the meaning of love and life. She doesn’t just stop with th
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Disappointing "Christian" romance
“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 hers
Marne Wilson
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm feeling extremely guilty right now. You see, I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway, and as usual, I dug into it the minute it came in the mail, but I just can't make myself read it. In the week since I've had it, I've only gotten to page 68. In the same time, I've made a sizable dent in the stack of magazines I've never gotten around to reading, discovered several new online games, and even gotten my dishes done in record time! It finally occurred to me that I would rather do a ...more
Christian Fiction Addiction
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kristen Heitzmann has delivered a thoroughly enjoyable romantic suspense novel in "The Breath of Dawn". Her novel is equally devoted to both character development and to the unfolding suspense, and so is sure to appeal to readers who love either genre of romance or thrillers. Quinn is a spunky, likable gal who's big heart and past shrouded in secrecy had me immediately hooked into her story-line. The romance that develops between Quinn and Morgan lends itself to moments of humor and deepening lo ...more
4.5 stars
Grabbed this on the bargain shelf and took a chance on it, even though I started "Secrets" by this author months ago and never finished it (ebooks being frequent casualties of my crazy reading habits)...but the good deal and the cover got me. I dove right in without looking it up and discovering that it's actually the third of a series. To make matters more complicated, I even have the first waiting on my shelf. Go figure.

So it's a really good thing that this story stands well on its ow
Teresa Snyder
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! This was the first book that I read by this author. It will not be my last. This book could be a stand alone book or considered book 3 of a prior (old) series. I was unaware of the prior books when I started reading this book. I did not feel left out or lost. The author did a great job explaining prior history. I have ordered the first of the two prior books centering around Rick, the brother of Morgan, this books main character. I doubt I'll order book two as it pe ...more
I’m vacillating on this one. As much as I love Ms. Heitzmann's writing, actually in awe at times with her word pictures and clarity of thought, this one was hard to put my all into. Oh, there were some scenes with Morgan and his daughter that were so sweet, you just want to have a group hug with them. And there were interesting interactions with Morgan and Quinn as they seemed to resist getting to know each other. But some of it just didn’t seem realistic.

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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
He always promised that if he ever got out, he would come for her. He would make her pay. Now Quinn Reilly has received a cryptic phone call from Hannah, telling her just that. He's coming for her and now she will pay. As hard as she tries to stay involved in her work dealing with estate sales, Quinn knows that somehow, some way, she can't remain hidden for very long. Markham Wilder will use every resource possible to find her and that's why she has to stay on the move. She has one more house to ...more
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Do not let the size of this book intimidate you! Even though it is 437 pages, you will be done with it before you realize it and wishing it was twice as long! I read at night and found myself staying up way too long to read “just a little more” until I was drooling on my pillow and the book was slipping out of my hand.
This is Ms. Heitzmann’s 3rd book in this series. I have read them all. I feel you can easily read it by itself, but if you do, you will definitely want to read the others! The stor
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is a Christian fiction with a little mystery and a little romance under one cover.
The story starts out with Morgan, a father of a small child, learning to adjust to living a life and raising a young child on his own, after his wife dies in an accident. Morgan has family support to help him in this transition. To help ease the transition, and putting his child's needs first, he chooses to live on a ranch near the mountains near his brother and family for help with his child.
Quinn is a
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing

The Breath of Dawn is the first book by Heitzmann I have read and I’m glad I got the chance to review it! The story revolves around two conflicted individuals colliding and saving each other in more than one way. Quinn Reilly sent a con man to jail and he promised her that he will “make her pay”. Now – four years later – he was released. Her sister Hannah called to warn her, putting Quinn on the run. Morgan Spencer had lost the love of his life in a car crash, plus a daughter due to leukemia, wh
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I know I do not want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, whether it is still on the tarmac or thousands of feet in the air, and yet I am completely willing to pick up a novel written by Kristen Hietzmann, and run with her as she tells the story.
Pure adrenaline, and do not start it if you can not finish it. I could not keep my greedy hands off of it, after I had selflessly told my mom she could read it first. So every time she was occupied with something else (mostly at night and s
Amy Bradsher
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Kristen Heitzmann's books! Always full of suspense and intrigue, this book is as fast-paced as the others. Quinn Reilly makes a spunky and resourceful lead character as she struggles to do what's right and avoid the trouble she senses ahead. Morgan plays the wounded warrior coming to the rescue of his damsel -in-distress, and nobody does it better. The pain each feels pulls you in and makes you want to cheer them on, and the issues coming at them keep the pages turning.

Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Heitzmann has brought back members of the Spencer family in the third installment of her, "Rush of Wings" series. This romantic thriller also introduces us to Quinn Reilly and her relationship to Morgan and Livie.

Morgan Spencer is grieving. He wants to make things good for his daughter, Livie, but he misses his wife so much. He is called a "fixer," so why can't he fix himself? When he buys a house without even looking at it, he meets Quinn Reilly. There is electricity from the beginning, but
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Morgan Spencer has had just about all he can take of life. Following the tragic death of his wife, Jill, he retreats to his brother's Rocky Mountain ranch to heal and focus on the care of his infant daughter, Olivia. Two years later, Morgan begins to make plans to return to his home in Santa Barbara to pick up the pieces of his life and career.

Quinn Riley has been avoiding her past for four years. Standing up for the truth has forced her into a life of fear and isolation. After a "chance" first
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Breath Of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann

-From The Back Cover-

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 herse
Morgan Spencer is one of my favourite fictional characters, but Kristen Heitzmann has been pretty tough on him. In A Rush of Wings, he and his younger brother, Rick, were both after the same girl, and Morgan lost. In The Still of Night he reunited with his high school sweetheart, Jill, as they battled to save the life of their daughter, Kelsey. The Breath of Dawn opens at Jill’s funeral service, with Morgan holding their baby daughter.

Frankly, I thought that after all Morgan had been through in
Jennifer Defoy
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 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 the
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-challenges
For some reason when I picked this up I didn't realize it was the 3rd book in the series. Though it can be read as a stand alone, I wish I had read the first two books before reading this one.

This was a great story though & I'm glad I read it. Morgan has been through so much, & so has Quinn. It's neat how Morgan is able to help Quinn to see some of the things he's learned over the years. Even though their trials & battles have been different, the knowledge gained from Morgan's exper
Virginia Campbell
"The Breath of Dawn", from author Kristen Heitzmann, is a compelling romantic suspense read which also reaffirms and inspires our faith in the power of love. This is the third book in the "A Rush of Wings" series, and it ties in story lines and characters from Book One: "A Rush of Wings", and Book Two: "The Still of Night". Morgan Spencer is a corporate whiz who specializes in fixing broken businesses. His confidence and motivation are shattered first by the loss of his eldest daughter, Kelsey, ...more
April Erwin
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How did I miss book 2?! I loved A Rush of Wings (book 1), Rick and Noelle's story captivated me. I should have read The Still of Night next, but somehow I missed it. Thankfully, Heitzmann's latest, The Breath of Dawn is very good to clearly explain what came before and the story is easily read despite my faux pas. Not just easy to read - but engrossing. I hated to set it down for any reason.

Morgan is like a powerful magnet, no matter how much you try to resist, your drawn to him with a power yo
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, romance
I was so lucky to have won a copy of "The Breath of Dawn", by Kristen Heitzmann through the Goodreads Giveaway contest.This was such a special treat to read.
This is a romantic suspense novel,with ample dose of romance and suspense, that will have you glued to your chair.The characters are so well developed that you reach out and take them to your heart.

Morgan Spencer was a success guru, a man who solved problems.After the tragic death of his wife, Jill, he takes a hiatus, and retreats to his bro
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
The Breath of Dawn is romantic suspense with captivating characters and a plot that keeps readers in its clutches.

Female lead Quinn Reilly takes her business of estate buying and eBay trading seriously. But why is this diminutive but determined, independent, and conscientious 27-year-old living alone and is if on the run in a doll-house-sized cabin nestled in the mountains of Colorado?

Morgan Spencer, whom we see in the prologue roaring away from his infant daughter after his wife's funeral has m
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After the loss of his wife Jill, Morgan Spencer's world revolved around taking care of his daughter Olivia. It's been two long years of dealing with the pain, and heartache. When he meets Quinn Reilly, he feels drawn to her, but isn't sure his heart is ready for a relationship. Quinn is running from something from her past though, and doesn't want to put Livvie, or Morgan in danger, but when the past meets up with the present and Quinn's life is on the line, will Morgan be able to save her, and ...more
K.M. Weiland
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book touched me on a number of levels. To start with there is always: Heitzmann’s writing, Heitzmann’s writing, Heitzmann’s writing. Sinking into Heitzmann’s writing is a totally different experience. Her prose is always crystalline—like seeing something in real life vs. just seeing it on TV. She blew me away the first time I read her years ago, and she continues to blow me away with every single book she writes.

And then there’s the story on this one. It’s obvious Morgan is an authorial fav
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Kristen Heitzmann has the refined talent for examining the human condition through provocative and complex fiction. She takes her characters to the darkest depths so that the brilliant light of hope and healing can shine in all their divine glory. Morgan and Quinn are hiding from the shadows of their past in the depth of the Rocky Mountains were they hope the fingers of danger will not reach them. Both are breathing but neither is living,
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Kristen Heitzmann is the award winning author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical series. An artist and musician, she'll also be found hiking the Rocky Mountain trails.

Other books in the series

A Rush of Wings (3 books)
  • A Rush of Wings (A Rush of Wings, #1)
  • The Still of Night (A Rush of Wings #2)