Harmony on the Horizon by Kathleen Denly ~ Book Review

December 16, 2021


About the Book

Book: Harmony on the Horizon
Author: Kathleen Denly
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Series: Chaparral Hearts, Book 3
Release Date: January 4, 2021

Her calling to change the world may be his downfall.

On the heels of the Great Rebellion, Margaret Foster, an abolitionist northerner, takes a teaching position in 1865 San Diego—a town dominated by Southern sympathizers. At thirty-seven years of age, Margaret has accepted spinsterhood and embraced her role as teacher. So, when Everett Thompson, the handsomest member of the School Board, reveals his interest in her, it’s a dream come true. Until her passionate ideals drive a wedge between them.

After two decades of hard work, Everett Thompson is on the verge of having everything he’s dreamed of. Even the beautiful new teacher has agreed to his courtship. Then two investments go south and a blackmailer threatens everything Everett has and dreams of.

As Everett scrambles to shore up the crumbling pieces of his life, Margaret unwittingly sets off a scandal that divides the small community and threatens her position as teacher. With the blackmailer still whispering threats, Everett must decide if he’s willing to risk everything for the woman still keeping him at arm’s length.

My Thoughts 

I absolutely love historical romances and I have enjoyed this series so much. This is the third book in the series and it can definitely be read as a stand alone novel but why would you want to? I mean this whole series has been so enjoyable to read that you don't want to miss out! In this story we meet Margaret who is a school teacher looking for a position and we meet Everett who is willing to give her a position in the upcoming city of San Diego. I loved Margaret. She is a strong female character that doesn't back down. She is definitely very passionate not only about her teaching but most of all she is very passionate about her ideals and her beliefs and I really enjoyed that about this character. 

Typically the female character tend to get on my nerves but this time it was the reverse. Everett was the one that I wanted to just pop him upside the head at times. It felt like sometimes he lacked a backbone especially with the people of the town. He also just focused so much on what people thought of him and his status that it made for a great downfall for him. 

Because I have read the previous books I was so happy to see the previous characters in this book and how everything just tied together. I was especially glad to see the story between Katie and Fletcher. I absolutely love their story and how Fletcher came to know the Lord. and how Katie just basically "rose up from the ashes" so to speak and made something more out of herself. 

I really enjoyed this book and I refuse to believe this is the last one! I think there is more we can read about. More of Katie and Fletcher?  a Chistmas novella perhaps?! Just throwing ideas out there since I don't want to let these characters go. (Hint hint)

I definitely recommend this if you love historical fiction. If you have never read any of Kathleen Denly's book I suggest you add her to your to-be-read authors list. Her writing is amazing and captivating to read and her characters are not only believable but enjoyable to read. 

My Rating: 4 Stars/Really Liked it

I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Kathleen Denly writes historical romance to entertain, encourage, and inspire readers toward a better understanding of our amazing God and how He sees us. She enjoys finding the lesser known pockets of history and bringing them to life through the joys and struggles of her characters.

Sunny California, a favorite setting in her stories, is also her home. She lives there with her loving husband, four young children, and three cats. As a member of the adoption and foster community, children in need are a cause dear to her heart and she finds they make frequent appearances in her stories.

When she isn’t writing, researching, or caring for children, she spends her time reading, visiting historical sites, hiking, and crafting.

Kathleen is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the award-winning author of the Chaparral Hearts series.

Always happy to hear from her readers, you can email Kathleen and follow her on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

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