Harmony on the Horizon by Kathleen Denly ~ Book Review + Giveaway

January 15, 2022


About the Book

Book: Harmony on the Horizon
Author: Kathleen Denly
Series: Chaparral Hearts, Book 3
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: January 4, 2022

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.


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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 lives in sunny California with her loving husband, four young children, and two 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, Kathleen spends her time reading, visiting historical sites, hiking, and crafting.


More from Kathleen

Who Invented Romance?


I don’t know if you’ve heard, but romance novels are sometimes viewed as the black sheep of the fiction industry. For various reasons, some people view romance stories with a disdainful eye. Knowing this, I still choose to write romance stories and some may wonder why.


First and foremost, I’ve had a passion for romance for as long as I can remember. I was absolutely one of those typical little girls who played dress-up in her mother’s clothes (or in my case, her lingerie. Eek! I had no idea. LOL) and planned my future wedding day. For reasons I can’t explain, the idea of a man and woman falling in love and pledging their life to one another has always enthralled me.


Or perhaps I can explain.


You see, I was raised in a Christian family and have always been exposed to the Bible. Have you ever looked at your Bible from a romantic perspective? When you stop to consider it, there is more than enough romance in God’s Word to justify placing it on the Romance Novel shelf in a bookstore. At least there would be if novels weren’t inherently fiction and the Bible wasn’t entirely true. (And aren’t we grateful that the Bible is completely true?)


So, in a way, one could say that God is the first romance author. After all, what is more romantic than a groom sacrificing his life for his bride? It even has the requisite happy ending, because He rose from the dead and will return for His bride.


The thing is, God isn’t just a romance author, He’s the inventor of romance. He was the first to demonstrate what love truly is. He is the one who defines it and describes its fruits so that we can recognize it when we see it. It’s His love that gives us life.


And the thing about romantic love is that it has a unique power to change people, to break down their emotional walls in ways that might not happen otherwise. There is a reason God designed man and woman to be together. Many reasons, in fact. But I am convinced that one of them is His ability to use that beautiful relationship to draw His children closer to His own heart.


So yes, some may look down on romance novels and those who read or write them, but I stand tall and proud, because I know that true romance–the kind God authors–is something to cherish and honor. I am blessed to be able to share God’s truths through the wondrous stories of two hearts joining together as one.

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Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 18

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To celebrate her tour, Kathleen is giving away the grand prize package of a Kindle Fire HD8 Plus, a custom Harmony on the Horizon Kindle case, a Harmony on the Horizon altered notebook, a Chaparral Hearts pen, a pair of earrings, a pin, and a scripture keychain!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



  1. Harmony on the Horizon sounds like a great read and I am looking forward to reading Margaret & Everett's story! Thanks for sharing it with me and have an awesome weekend!

  2. Thank you for your wonderful review. Although I don't have any further plans for Katie and Fletcher at this time, I will keep your ideas in mind. Meanwhile, I am working on a second novella and three more novels to be added to this series. I hope you enjoy them when they come out. The novella will be indie published Fall 2022 and FREE to my newsletter subscribers. The novels will be published by Wild Heart Books, with book 4 releasing in 2023.