The Breath of Dawn
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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
Heitzmann (Secrets) reintroduces several familiar characters and brings in new ones in her latest romantic thriller. Author/entrepreneur Morgan Spencer is still reeling from the death of his wife and fully dedicated to his two-year-old daughter, Livie, but when Quinn Reilly walks into his life, he takes notice. Quinn, however, has other things on her mind, namely staying hidden from the man she put in jail who is now free and vowing to find her. As danger looms, Morgan offers Quinn a way out that presents its own danger--to her heart. Heitzmann weaves a many-layered tale that blends a lost father, a hidden basement, revenge, and love, all tied up nicely. Despite some awkward writing ("tears once again washed her emotive eyes, the starbursts seeming to scintillate"), Heitzmann keeps readers entertained and wondering when the next bit of drama will occur.
Publisher's Weekly 9/10/12
"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."
After his wife's death, Morgan Spencer traveled to the Rocky Mountains with his infant daughter, Olivia. Two years later he's making plans to return to Santa Barbara. But during a Thanksgiving snowstorm, Morgan meets Quinn Riley. Estranged from her own family, Quinn is drawn to the loving Spencers. She worries, though, that her past and the man she once put behind bars will endanger her new friends. VERDICT 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, November 15, 2012