Book Review – Harmony on the Horizon

Harmony on the Horizon

by Kathleen Denly

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.

My Thoughts

A new to me author.
I wasn’t sure what I thought when I started, but…the longer I read, the more the story grew on me!
I do think, overall, I would have appreciated it more if I’d read the other two in the series first, it was kind of like jumping in at the middle and not knowing what was going on.

At first, I found myself just trying to understand who the characters were, and what their purpose was. the longer I read, the more I enjoyed these characters, and I did find myself becoming invested in their lives.
The storyline, which happens in the 1800s in California, was not your typical story for this era. I found myself seeing both San Francisco and San Diego with new eyes. I enjoyed seeing some of the issues of the day, including prejudice, racism, and more.
Margaret arrives from the East, expecting to have a teaching position in SF. When that doesn’t work out, she’s not sure where to go next. Everett offers her a position in SD, and so she travels there. She doesn’t find at all what she is expecting, but decides to make the best of it.
Meanwhile, the story line also continues back in SF, and you get to know a few other characters, including Katie and Fletcher.
I found myself anxious to see how these two storylines would come together, and they did, and it all worked out beautifully!
Now that I’ve finished this book, I still want to go back and read the first two in the series, and I think that might fill in some unanswered questions that I had.
If you enjoy historical fiction, I recommend you give this series a try!

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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