I’d forgotten how good Kristen Heitzmann’s stories are! It’s been a while since I read one of hers. In The Breath of Dawn she weaves together the suspense story, the romance story, the villian’s story, and the family’s story. It’s not as confusing as it sounds; it’s like life – lots going on! Instead of it being all about getting the guy and girl together it’s about life and how they deal with it. It is a thick book – actually took me 2 days to read it! However, I found it all very interesting and it didn’t drag at all; it has good pacing. There’s a good mix of introspection, description, and dialogue. Frankly, I had to make myself think about the way it is written because I was too wrapped up in the story to notice – and that’s a good thing!
I like the heroine’s character in this book, and how she stands firm or grows better when necessary. It’s good how she interacts, helps, and deals with the hero, Morgan. If you’ve read A Rush of Wings or The Still of Night you will know some of the characters already. I remember reading about, and liking Morgan in those books. He shows the heroine another side of God and religion; one I think is good. I liked having Rick, Noelle, and the Spencer family reappear in this book. If you haven’t read the other books it’s ok to read this one as a stand alone, but if you like it I recommend getting her other ones!
Here is some backcover copy:
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 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 meeting and a Thanksgiving snowstorm, Quinn is drawn into the Spencer family’s warm and loving world, and she begins to believe she might find freedom in their friendship.
The man Quinn helped put behind bars has recently been released, however, and she fears her past will endanger the entire Spencer family. As the danger heightens, she determines to leave town for the sake of the people who have come to mean so much to her.
Fixing problems is what Morgan Spencer does best, and he is not willing to let Quinn run away, possibly into the clutches of a man bent on revenge. But Morgan’s solution sends him and Quinn on an unexpected path, with repercussions neither could have anticipated.
You can find more information at the author’s site. You can read the first chapter at Where the Story Begins. Published by Bethany House. This book was sent to me through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.