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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

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  • File Size: 1113 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008B9HQL8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,329 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical novels, including Colorado Book Award finalist The Still of Night, Christy Award finalists Indivisible and The Tender Vine and Christy Award winner Secrets. In 2013, her novel The Breath of Dawn won both a Christy Award and Inspirational Readers Choice Award and was a finalist for a people's choice award in the Netherlands. She is a fiction track and workshop teacher at American Christian Fiction Writers Conference and keynote speaker for women's and writers' conferences.

An artist and musician, she'll also be found hiking the Colorado Rocky Mountain trails near her home where she lives with her husband, pets, wildlife, and extended family.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Susan Snodgrass on 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Valerie on October 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Hutson on November 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Sometimes a book's plot catches your attention like someone yelling "fire" in a crowd. Other times, a writer's words fill you with warmth, kind of like what happens when you sip a cup of hot cocoa.

Kristen Heitzmann's newest novel, The Breath of Dawn, is like that warm cup of chocolate.a

This book - designed as a stand alone novel - re-introduces readers to characters from two previous books: The Still of the Night and A Rush of Wings, novels which were released in 2003.

This novel showcases the story of Quinn, a woman who lives off the grid - to keep someone she sent to prison from finding her, and Morgan, a man who can control everything in his business world - but not in his personal life.

Through a slow, but deliberate way of storytelling, Heitzmann draws the reader in - as she peels back the layers of both Quinn and Morgan's stories.

Rather than create a "fast pace" novel, Heitzmann instead develops a storyline that has depth. It makes you stop and ponder the next move. It had some surprising twists and turns - in fact a piece of Quinn's past was unexpected - along with the side storyline of RaeAnn.

I'll admit, it took me a while to appreciate the story. I'm used to suspense novels that have a "flash/bang" approach. Instead of racing through this novel, I found myself stopping and simply enjoying the storyline.

In all, I give this novel a solid three and a half. I thought it was a great "stand-alone" novel - in fact, I didn't realize some of the characters (Noelle/Rick & Jill/Morgan) had been previously featured in novels. This is one of the first novels I've read written by Heitzmann. I can see checking out some of her other books in my future!

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of these books by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.
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