Review: Sing in the Sunlight by Kathleen Denly

This is the second book that I have read by this author and, once again, she has crafted an intriguing tale. Sing in the Sunlight is the second book in the Chaparral Hearts series, but it is very much a stand alone novel.

I really enjoyed this marriage of convenience story and felt for both of the main characters. Clarinda frustrated me at times, however the things she believed about herself and others were the direct result of the attack she survived as a child. Her experiences and the way she felt that people had treated her made her a very wounded character emotionally. Her faith journey toward total healing was a deep one, spurred on by a husband who had a special kind of love and patience for her.

Richard was a great character. He made so many right choices in how he related to Clarinda. He loved God, learned to love Clarinda, and loved Clarinda’s child even before the birth. I really liked his attitude. However, I also thought the author did a good job of showing that he wasn’t perfect. He struggled with frustration and on one occasion became angry with the way Clarinda kept herself emotionally closed off from him. He also struggled with doubt about whether Clarinda would ever love him.

There was a lot to this book and many interesting characters and situations that arose. Clarinda and Richard had to not only grow in their marriage together, but faced many obstacles due to the wild and dangerous area they lived in.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


Richard Stevens isn’t who he thinks he is. Neither is the woman who now claims his last name.

Disfiguring scars stole Clarinda Humphrey’s singing career, her home, and her family, but she refuses to let her appearance steal her future. While attending The Young Ladies Seminary in 1858 Benicia, California, she finds a man who promises to love and cherish her. Instead he betrays her, leaving her with child, and Clarinda must take drastic measures to ensure her child doesn’t suffer for her foolishness.

Richard Stevens’s life hasn’t turned out as he expected, and when a shocking letter turns even his past into a mystery, he travels to San Francisco in search of guidance. On the way, he encounters a mysterious young woman hiding beneath a veil. That night he experiences a dream that sends him on a quest to find the bride God has chosen for him. He never imagines she’s already told everyone they’re married.

Unwilling to lie, nor accept a marriage of mere convenience, Richard wants the real thing. Yet Clarinda’s not interested in love, only a chance to save her child. Can he help her rise above the pain that runs deeper than her scars to accept a love worth every risk?

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Kathleen Denly

Kathleen Denly lives in sunny Southern 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.

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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