Harmony on the Horizon is book three in the Chaparral Hearts series, yet can be read as a stand alone novel.
I didn’t personally connect with the two sets of main characters in this story the way I did in the earlier two books in the series. I still hoped for good for these characters but was just not as invested as I like to be.
I did find it interesting how closely connected San Francisco and San Diego were historically. The corruption, danger, and severe poverty of San Francisco was heartbreaking. It was easy to see that the poor, as well as immigrant families, faced an uphill battle just to survive.
I did like that all four characters, Fletcher and Katie from San Francisco, and Margaret and Everett from San Diego, grew in some way throughout the book. Fletcher grew in faith, Katie grew in strength and resolve, Margaret grew to learn how to approach some issues in kindness rather than immediate indignation, and Everett grew in compassion and trust in God. I was happy with the way things resolved at the end of the story. Overall, this has been a very interesting series packed with historical detail and strong faith messages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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 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.