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The Breath of Dawn (A Rush of Wings Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Kristen Heitzmann
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)

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"Heitzmann weaves a many-layered tale... keep[ing] readers entertained and wondering when the next bit of drama will occur." --Publishers Weekly

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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 at risk when the threats begin, she requests something she hopes 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?

"Heitzmann weaves a many-layered tale... keep[ing] readers entertained and wondering when the next bit of drama will occur." --Publishers Weekly

"In this follow-up to The Still of Night, Heitzmann reintroduces the Spencers, which will please her fans, while adding a multilayered tale of suspense to please Dee Henderson readers." -Library Journal

About the Author

Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of twenty novels, including Colorado Book Award finalist The Still of Night and Christy Award winner Secrets. She lives with her husband, Jim, and lots of extended family in the Rocky Mountain foothills of Colorado, where she climbs trails into God's great beauty. Learn more at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1113 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008B9HQL8
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,049 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Stunning Novel from Kristen Heitzmann October 28, 2012
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I have read every one of Kristen Heitzmann's books and this one absolutely floored me! It was incredibly good, her best yet. I always think each book is her best and yet she continues to outshine each with the next offering. This book was amazing. I wish I were more creative so that I could describe it better, more like it deserves.

I was pleasantly surprised to see her bring back characters from 'A Rush of Wings' and 'The Still Of Night', books she wrote nearly ten years ago. And it was not just a cameo appearance, either, but a good sit down with old friends.

Morgan Spencer is still grieving over the death of his wife two years earlier when Quinn Reilly enters his life. She buys things as an eBay trader and has bought the contents of a house from the daughter of a deceased woman. She doesn't know that Morgan has just bought the house sight unseen. Quinn is also running from a threat to her life, which is about to become agonizingly real and close.

No more from me about the story line. This one deserves to be read without knowing anymore. Heitzmann has a way of building characters that are so real the reader feels like they are truly people! She knows how to plumb the depth of human emotion, too. I hurt with these folks, laughed with them, cried with them and rejoice with them.

All through the story she weaves the goodness of God and His grace and how He lovingly waits on His children to realize He's been there all the time, waiting for them to grasp onto Him again.

I will be thinking about this book a long time. It's not one of those books you just close the last page on, pick up another book and begin to read. You just have to let it lay there and digest because it was too good to go right into another one right away. This was one of the absolute best books I've read all year. If you miss this book, you've done yourself a great disservice!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Trauma! October 29, 2012
By Valerie
Between finishing this book yesterday and writing this review, I had to take a day to recover. While this book would no doubt make an incredible stand-alone novel, I can only review it as a follower to RUSH OF WINGS and STILL OF NIGHT, two other stories I've invested a lot of time and energy into.

Heitzmann brings back Noelle and the Spencer brothers, particularly and especially Morgan, in this riveting, and I mean riveting, story of a man finding a way to live life again. That way comes in the form of a strong and endearing woman, who really rather found him. Quinn may easily be my favorite female character ever of Heitzmann's now, and once again, this story is chock-full of excellent and deep characterization. I can't convince myself they're not real even when I walk away from the book and try.

Heitzmann does an astounding job of drawing us into the pain and heartache of Morgan, the magnetism of his beloved daughter, and the tenderness and hope of Quinn, as they are put in circumstances that no one is fully prepared to handle. Even Morgan's out of his element here, grappling with fear, guilt, change, and risk. To help Quinn with her circumstances, drastic measures are taken without much time to prepare, and their lives will never be the same.

The story starts out hitting us in the hearts, then draws us in as ominous music gets cued by even the first few chapters, and things rapidly begin to unfold. Even as a good book lover, I rarely find a book that's both painful to put down and painful to pick up. This one was. Morgan fans everywhere - come into this with no delusions. It will hurt. But aren't powerful stories supposed to?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as Good as the First Two December 31, 2012
This is the third book of one of my favorite (didn't know it was a) series (but so glad it was). This third book holds it's own among the three books, and I could not tell you, if I had to, which one is my favorite. They are all amazing.

While it could be read as a stand-alone, the entire series is so good, I would recommend starting in the beginning of the series with "Rush of Wings" and then "The Still of Night"

Truthfully after minutes into starting the book, I thought, uh-huh, I am not going to like this book AT ALL! However, within the first two chapters, I was just as in to this book as I was the first two.

I fell in love with the original characters Noelle and the Spencer Brothers from the first two books, but my favorite was always, Morgan. This book primarily follows his story-line along with "new girl" Quinn Reilly.

Quinn, is a little quirky (in my opinion) but super lovable. With her past interwoven throughout the book, it's fun to get to know her over time, and to fall in love with her character the same way Heitzmann has drawn us to the other's in this series.

At the risk of saying too much, I have to say I love the purity of the book, even though romantic relationships have been a part of each book, I appreciate the fact that Heitzmann is so careful not to cross a line of purity. Keeping God and the spiritual struggles of each characters throughout the stories makes the characters seem even more real and adds a depth to them that I enjoy reading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series!
It feels like I know the characters. Will probably reread this series.
Published 9 days ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Once I started reading, I found it hard to put this book down. I just wanted to find out what was going to happen next!
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great ending to this trilogy.
Kristen keeps you involved with each character as she weaves her magic on each page. This is another of her great series.
Published 21 days ago by Kenneth Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely loved this book! Couldn't put it down!
Published 29 days ago by tennessee
5.0 out of 5 stars five stars
Liked story line and happy ending. Strong women and men who cry are important and Morgan with livvie and horses
Published 1 month ago by Raedine Schroeder
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy all her books always holds your interest thru whole ...
Enjoy all her books always holds your interest thru whole novel.
Published 1 month ago by muriel pecquet
5.0 out of 5 stars Love them all
I think that I have all of her books. Love them all.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good reading
Published 2 months ago by Gloria Knight
2.0 out of 5 stars Money and hours you"ll never get back
This is one series that should not have been made into a trilogy. If there had to be a third book, why not base it on Morgan's assistant Denise? Or Noelle's father? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robin Janney
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good novel gull of action...
Published 3 months ago by Mountainlady
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More About the Author

Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical novels, including Christy Award winners Secrets and The Breath of Dawn, and finalists Indivisible and The Tender Vine. An artist and mountain hiker, Kristen lives in Colorado with her husband, Jim, and extended family.

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