Book 2 in the Chaparral Hearts series

Releases March 2021

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.


“I am IN LOVE with this story!…the characters are very easy to relate to, the setting draws you in till you can taste the salt water in the air, and the romance *phew* where is my fan and fainting couch? I literally did not…could not…put this down. A beautiful story about trust, love, and forgiveness, Waltz in the Wilderness will enrapture you heart and soul. I do NOT say these words lightly. There are many wonderful books that I have read over the past few years, but THIS one is so unique and different that it stands out among the others.”


– Rachel Dixon,


“Debut author Kathleen Denly has crafted a sweet & swoony romance with delightful, vividly-drawn characters you’ll quickly grow to love. Waltz in the Wilderness takes these characters – and readers – on a tender (and sometimes harrowing) journey with well-timed tension in all the right places. What a great novel!” 


– Carrie Schmidt,


“Waltz in the Wilderness captured my attention from the start and I did not want to put it down! The characters are endearing and there was enough mystery to keep me guessing until the very end. I loved every minute of it.”


-Kimberly L.


“I just finished reading this book and am kind of sad that it’s over. I am very much looking forward to the next in series in this author’s collection. I thought the author did a wonderful job with the accuracy of the history during that time. I love that she included her research at the end of the book on where she got her information for the historical facts. Eliza, the main character is easy to love. She may be stubborn and headstrong but she is also very loving and loyal. There was adventure, suspense and romance all rolled into one story. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Christian romance novels. This is one of the best I’ve read so far.”


-Paula H.


“I found the themes of Waltz in the Wilderness thoughtful and plentiful. In my humble opinion, this beautiful novel would make an excellent choice for any book club. All in all, I loved this adventurous, wild romance and feel it is a 2020 must-read for sure!”


-Nicole, The Christian Fiction Girl


“This story is truly different than other books that I have read in this genre. It really kept me turning the pages.”


– Debbie, Goodreads Review


“From the descriptive passages of the California landscapes to the cast of characters and engaging plot, Denly weaves a story that drew me in and held me captive until the fully satisfying ending.”


– Suzie, Amazon Review


“In addition to relatable characters, vivid settings, and swoony moments, Denly has delivered a story that will resonate with readers and have them looking at their own spiritual journey.”


– Jessica, A Baker’s Perspective


“I liked Kathleen Denly’s attention to detail and her vivid descriptions of the locations her characters visit, I felt like I was right there with them.

Overall, this story was interesting, had relatable characters, and was heart-touching in many ways.”


– Kimmie, Adventures of a Travelers Wife


“Kathleen Denly does an amazing job once again. She writes such great romance but its more than that….I can’t wait to see what else comes from this author!”



– Kelly-Ann, Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama


“I loved the way that she created this well-researched world that- being set in 1858- is quite removed from our own modern world… and yet created this character and this story that I feel like so many of us women can relate to.”



– Randi, A Modern Day Fairy Tale


“Overall, I thought the premise was interesting, the characters proved to be memorable and the authors writing pulled me into her story.”



– Cathy, Amazon Review


“Denly created a story that captured my heart and imagination.”



– DonnaCReads, Bookbub Review

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