Posted in Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense

Kristen Heitzmann’s The Breath of Dawn

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.

When I finished this book, my first thought was, what a way to bring in the month of October! But, I’ll get back to that statement later. When I first saw what this book was about, I could not understand why Ms. Heitzmann wanted to put poor Morgan Spencer through the wringer again. I felt so sorry for him. That said, this book is a keeper. There is something about Ms. Heitzmann’s character development that seems effortless, I want to keep reading just to know her characters more. I enjoyed Quinn’s character, loved Morgan’s throughout the series, and was glad to hang out with Rick and Noelle again. They mystery was interesting, but not overpowering the story, the romance made sense, and the writing was on point. Now back to the October comment, there was a layer of creepiness in the story that had me looking over my shoulder and jumping at every creak in the house. Perfect for the month of Halloween. Spiritually, Morgan is going through a test of faith which is not surprising if you’ve read the previous novels and we learn that there is power in the name of Jesus. Thoroughly satisfying, highly recommended!

**I recieved this copy from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

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