Waltz in the Wilderness


About the Book

Book:  Waltz in the Wilderness

Author: Kathleen Denly

Genre:  Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: February 4, 2020

Waltz in the Wilderness CoverShe’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?



I chose this book to review because I love the beautiful cover! And I am glad I had the opportunity to read Walz in the Wilderness! I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Eliza Brooks was committed to her pa, and she would go through anything, including giving up everything she has, as well as walk through whatever dangers it takes to find him. At first I felt really sorry for Eliza, but the more I read, the more I realize that she is well capable of taking care of herself, and she doesn’t want sympathy! I did have a difficult time understanding her pa though. I know he had to do a little tough love with her, but he could have considered her feelings a lot more than he did.

I also like Daniel very much, and was glad Eliza had him to protect her in the times she forgot she needed to be careful. All of the characters were well created, and I enjoyed  watching them develop throughout the story, except for the one, and every story has to have a villain in the story to keep us interested! The vivid descriptions of each scene took me to the California mountains, leaving me with a feeling that I had been there back in that era in time. Which was a very different California than it is today. 

Kathleen Deny is a new author for me, and I look forward to other books from her in the future! If you enjoy historical fiction and mountain living, you will enjoy this book. Of course there’s lots more to this story, but not knowing it all is the fun of reading the book for yourself!

I would like to thank the author/publisher fir a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


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About the Author

Kathleen Denly Headshot 3Kathleen 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 is bi bun’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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To celebrate her tour, Kathleen is giving away the grand prize package of a NEW Kindle Fire HD8, Proverbs 3:5 Paperback Lined Journal, Romans 8:28 Leather Bookmark, Proverbs 3:5 mug, and an Antique Silverplated Spoon made by 1847 Rogers Bros!!

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April in Galway by Martha Reynolds Spotlight



Join Us for this Tour from February 3 – February 21!


Book Title April in Galway (A Happily Ever After Series Book 2) by Martha Reynolds

Category:  Adult Fiction (18+)

Genre Women’s Fiction, Romance

Publisher Martha Reynolds

Release date:   October 2018

Tour dates: February 3 to February 21, 2020

Content Rating: PG + M: Little if any profanity (maybe a

‘shit’ in there somewhere), but consenting adults and romantic pursuits.

I prefer to close the door when it heats up.


Bill Flanagan’s no stranger to regrets, so when he stumbles upon the

chance to erase one from his long record, he jumps at it. April Tweed’s

reinvigorated acting career may suggest she’s left her past behind, but

some memories don’t let go easily, even thirty years later. The most

important person from her past has tracked her down in Ireland, where

she’s filming a miniseries. Past collides with present when April finds

herself stuck between her high school sweetheart, Bill, and her

persistently amorous co-star, Connor. Both of them are determined to win

her heart as fresh starts war against second chances.


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Martha Reynolds was raised in Rhode Island, spent a

year of college in Switzerland, and is always planning a return visit.

She completed an accomplished career as a fraud investigator and decided

it was time to do something she really liked.

She now writes full-time and has set a personal goal of releasing a book

a year until she dies. Her writing has appeared in Magnificat magazine

and her very short poem was read by journalist Connie Schultz during

NPR’s Tell Me More poetry challenge.

Her novel VILLA DEL SOL won the 2018 Book Award in Literary Fiction by the Independent Publishers of New England.

Connect with the author:   Website  ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram




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