Following the tragic death of his wife, Jill, Morgan Spencer 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’t imagine how excited I was to have THE BREATH OF DAWN win a CHRISTY AWARD, INSPY Bloggers Award for Excellence, and final in a Dutch language reader’s choice award all at once. Since it happened just weeks after my greatest cheerleader went to be with the Lord, I have to attribute this trifecta to my mom—showing off.
Praise for The Breath of Dawn
“Heitzmann weaves a many-layered tale that blends a lost father, a hidden basement, revenge, and love, all tied up nicely.”
“The third novel in Heitzmann’s series featuring the Spencer brothers takes the very familiar “marriage of convenience” storyline and ratchets up the suspense and believability. An intriguing mystery and some eerie settings come together to create a fast-paced thriller sure to keep readers breathlessly turning pages.”
Melissa Parcel, Romantic Times, 4 ½ Stars
“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….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.”
K.M. Weiland, Author of Historical and Speculative Fiction “Helping Writers Become Authors”
“I love Heitzmann for creating real, messed up, individual people rather than safe, sanitized types. Quirks and flaws are two ways she accomplishes this. The other is dialogue.”
A. Grace VINE VOICE
“What an utterly spectacular book! Every word contributed in keeping me in its grip. Every page I turned left me breathless for more.”
“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.”
“The Breath of Dawn is a fantastic, well-written, spell-binding story! It’s one that once you pick it up, not only do you not want to put it down, you simply can’t!”
Sherry “Love 2 Read Novels”