About the Book
Book: Waltz in the Wilderness
Author: Kathleen Denly
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: February 4, 2020
She’s desperate to find her missing father. His conscience demands he risk all to help.
Eliza Brooks is haunted by her role in her mother’s death, so she’ll do anything to find her missing pa—even if it means sneaking aboard a southbound ship. When those meant to protect her abandon and betray her instead, a family friend’s unexpected assistance is a blessing she can’t refuse.
Daniel Clarke came to California to make his fortune, and a stable job as a San Francisco carpenter has earned him more than most have scraped from the local goldfields. But it’s been four years since he left Massachusetts and his fiancé is impatient for his return. Bound for home at last, Daniel Clarke finds his heart and plans challenged by a tenacious young woman with haunted eyes. Though every word he utters seems to offend her, he is determined to see her safely returned to her father. Even if that means risking his fragile engagement.
When disaster befalls them in the remote wilderness of the Southern California mountains, true feelings are revealed, and both must face heart-rending decisions. But how to decide when every choice before them leads to someone getting hurt?
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Let us just start with the beautiful cover, shall we? It’s a dreamy one that’s for sure and seems to portray the inner struggles of Eliza quite well 😊.
The characters in this book are quite unique. The main characters Eliza and Daniel both have some very big struggles to overcome and a lot to learn along the way. Eliza especially caught my attention as a character who had to learn some important lessons in trusting God to guide her path. I did feel that Eliza’s character was kind of wishy-washy, but that may be just me. I like characters that are strong and can plan well and execute things themselves; Eliza always seemed to need help in some form or another, and even though she grew up with her Dad in remote locations she did not seem to know much about survival. Daniel was a great knight in shining armor right from the very beginning and I truly liked his character.
I thought that this new twist on a classic storyline was fun and enjoyable. Waltz in the Wilderness had a sense of adventure, travel, and courage followed closely by themes of faith, reliance on God, and forgiveness. I think that Kathleen Denly did a great job writing this story and that she stuck close to the time period (i.e. the mode of travel the characters used, and the clothes the characters were described to be wearing) very accurately.
Overall, I would give this story 4 out of 5 stars for the adventurous theme, the basis of faith, and the lessons learned by the characters.
*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed within this review are my own.
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.
More from Kathleen
As Valentine’s Day nears, stories of how couples met seem to be everywhere. Many of those stories share a common element: “The second I saw him/her, I just knew I would marry him/her.”
Every time I read or hear these stories, I chuckle. Not because I don’t believe them but because it reminds me of my own meet-cute.
“Not my type.”
These were the first words to enter my mind when I met the man who would later become my husband. In hindsight, they are hilarious because I know that God worked things out for our good. After more than eighteen years of marriage, I can honestly say that I am more in love with my husband than ever.
However, just a few months prior to meeting my husband, I’d suffered a terrible breakup with another man whom I thought had been considering proposing to me. I had no idea the breakup was coming and that left me devastated and confused. The truths we learn in hindsight don’t help much when we’re in the midst of such circumstances. When we think we know the future before us and something happens to upend those plans it can feel as though our world has turned upside down.
This is what happens to Eliza Brooks in the first chapter of my novel, Waltz in the Wilderness. Though not romantic in nature, a major shift occurs in her world that leaves her feeling betrayed and disoriented. She’s still struggling to right her world when Daniel Clarke enters her life in the worst way possible. Misunderstanding leads to a humiliating confrontation that sets these two at odds with one another before they have a chance to truly get to know each other. Fortunately for Eliza and Daniel, God works their foolishness for good just as He did in my own true love story.
This Valentine’s Day, whatever your romantic relationship status, remember that you are not alone. You are loved. And the God of all the universe loves you and has a plan for you—plans to prosper you and bring you hope.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
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