December 23, 2021

Review: Harmony on the Horizon


First line:

A girl’s terrified scream jerked Margaret Foster’s attention from the mathematics formula she’d been rehearsing in her mind.

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Aʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ Bᴏᴏᴋ


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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Mʏ Rᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ


If you enjoy historical fiction with strong leading women, you’ll love Harmony on the Horizon! I connected with Margaret and Everett and Katie and Fletcher. I related to Margaret the strongest, though. I admired her appetite of teaching and her faithful and passionate strength. Her teaching is inspiring, and her romance is sweet, sweet, sweet.


I love to travel, and enjoyed visiting the mid 1800s. Though life wasn’t easy in this era, these characters are easy to love and root for. 1860s California was a challenging place, corruption prevailed, dreams were threatened, and yet faith and love conquered.


Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend reading all three stories in order. It’s exciting to see these characters bloom, grow, and inspire. 


I'm excited for others to receive the blessings within these pages! Harmony on the Horizon overflows with great characters and scores of emotions.


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Disclosure: #CoverLoverBookReview received a complimentary copy of this book.


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Pᴜʀᴄʜᴀs Lɪɴᴋs


Bᴀʀɴᴇs & Nᴏʙʟᴇ



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Aʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴇ Aᴜᴛʜᴏʀ



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. 

Kathleen is the award-winning author of Chaparral Hearts, a three-book series of stand-alone novels set in nineteenth century Southern California (plus a prequel novella available exclusively to her newsletter subscribers). 

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