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Monday, January 17, 2022

Book Review and Giveaway - Harmony on the Horizon Author: Kathleen Denly On Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book: Harmony on the Horizon

Author: Kathleen Denly

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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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.

My Thoughts

Harmony on the Horizon is book three in the Chapparall Series. I have read all three books and have enjoyed all of them. This series is written by  Kathleen Denly. One of the things that I really appreciate about this author is the fact that she does a lot of research to ensure that her story is as accurate as possible. She also takes real world issues/problems of the time period that she is writing about and tackles them with God's Grace. 

This story, took me about 3 chapters to get fully invested into the story. The author introduces a lot of characters and point of views. Once you get them sorted out, it's smooth sailing from there. This book is set in California in July of 1865. The Civil War has just ended and Margaret Foster has gone west in search of a job. Margaret is from Boston. Being in California is much different then what she is used too. Margaret favors more of abolitionist views. San Francisco and San Diego has more of Southern sympathizer views. This an potentially affect her teaching position that Everett Thompson has helped her get. 

Everett Thompson is a business man with multiple investments in San Diego and San Francisco. He brings Margaret to San Diego for a teaching position, however he is worried that her abolitionist views will cause an uproar with the parents of the students. He is also drawn to her, despite her being older then him. 

There is also the point of views of Fletcher and Katie. Katie has a hard time keeping her job, and Fletcher works in gambling hall that Everett manages. Fletcher has acquired skills as a forger. He wants to try and help Katie get a better position. Katie daydreams and makes mistakes. Fletcher I had mixed feelings about. He wanted to change the world one bit at a time, but some of the ways he did them were questionable. 

Overall, this was a good book. I enjoyed the history of the book. I loved the way the author handled post-Civil war western tension. The characters are well written, the storyline is intriguing and this is a great addition to the series. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program, all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

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A Modern Day Fairy Tale, January 9

The Christian Fiction Girl, January 9

Inklings and notions, January 10

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, January 11

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, January 11

deb’s Book Review, January 12

For Him and My Family, January 13

Mary Hake, January 13

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 14

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, January 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 16

Blossoms and Blessings, January 16

Connie’s History Classroom, January 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 19

Book Butterfly in Dreamland, January 19


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. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the book.

  2. Thank you for the review. This book sounds very interesting with the conflicting sides.

    1. So glad you think so. I hope you get a chance to read it.

  3. Good book for winter reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

  4. Thank you so much for this thoughtful review!

  5. Congratulations on your release of Harmony on the Horizon, Kathleen, I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book, which sounds like a great book for me and my mom to read and it has a beautiful cover! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Connie, for sharing your thoughts! Have a fantastic weekend!