Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Harmony on the Horizon by Kathleen Denly

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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Historical Fiction is a favorite genre of mine andHarmony on the Horizon by Kathleen Denly takes us back to 1865.Harmony on the Horizon is Book 3 in the Chaparral Hearts series. I was blessed to read Book 1 and Book 2 in the series and I was very excited to be able to read the latest book in the series.

The time is 1865 and Margaret Foster, a northern abolitionist, takes a Teaching Position in San Francisso.  Margaret Foster is 37yrs old and is focused on her Teaching Career and has accepted the fact that she will probably never marry. The San Diego teaching position does not work out. Everett Thompson,  a member of the School Board, who has dealings in San Diego and San Francisco, offers her a position in San Francisco. She is quite surprised when Everett Thompson, takes an interest in her. She agrees to a courtship. Everett doesn't agree with some of her Passions in life, and that is hindering their relationship. Life starts to tumble before them when Everett is Blackmailed after a couple of investments lose money and he is on the verge of losing 20 yrs worth of Dreams and everything he has ever dreamed for. Margaret unknowingly does something that sends the little community into turmoil and may cause Margaret to lose her teaching position. Will Everett and Margaret survive the Turmoil that was created? Will they recover from this mess? Will their relationship survive and will Margaret marry? 

WOW, having read the first 2 books in this series, this one just might be my favorite. I was captivated by the Storyline from the very first page. Margaret and Everett are amazing characters. I LOVE how both were set in their ways and didn't except to be in a relationship, but both were eager to be with each other. I really like the Historical Era of this book. The Author does a great job of keeping to the details to that Era. The relationship between Everett and Margaret struggles at times, but their Christian Faith brings them through the tough times. I HIGHLY recommend this series. Although the books can be read as Stand Alone books, I recommend reading the series in order! GREAT BOOK! 


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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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.

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Rita Wray said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for the review. Sounds like a good book. I love the cover.

Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

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 read for me and I like the cover! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks for sharing your review, Happily Managing a Household Boys! Have a spectacular day!

Esther Rose said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a good story!

slehan said... Best Blogger Tips

Good book for winter reading.
Thanks for the contest.

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