About the Book
Book: Sing in the Sunlight
Series: Chaparral Hearts, #2
Author: Kathleen Denly
Release Date: March 2, 2021
Richard Stevens isn’t who he thinks he is. Neither is the woman who now claims his last name.
Disfiguring scars stole Clarinda Humphrey’s singing career, her home, and her family, but she refuses to let her appearance steal her future. While attending The Young Ladies Seminary in 1858 Benicia, California, she finds a man who promises to love and cherish her. Instead he betrays her, leaving her with child, and Clarinda must take drastic measures to ensure her child doesn’t suffer for her foolishness.
Richard Stevens’s life hasn’t turned out as he expected, and when a shocking letter turns even his past into a mystery, he travels to San Francisco in search of guidance. On the way, he encounters a mysterious young woman hiding beneath a veil. That night he experiences a dream that sends him on a quest to find the bride God has chosen for him. He never imagines she’s already told everyone they’re married.
Unwilling to lie, nor accept a marriage of mere convenience, Richard wants the real thing. Yet Clarinda’s not interested in love, only a chance to save her child. Can he help her rise above the pain that runs deeper than her scars to accept a love worth every risk?
Sing in the Sunlight by Kathleen Denly is a really excellent Historical Romance. My attention was gripped from chapter one and I hated when I had to put this book down. There is so much to love about Sing in the Sunlight, but if I had to narrow it down to one thing that I loved the most it would be how engaging this story is. There is not a dull moment! I did love the characters, too. Clarinda is a beautiful, strong, independent woman, but she does allow her fears and assumptions to hold her back from the full life God wants her to enjoy. My heart went out to her — her insecurities are some I’ve faced myself. In this, Clarinda is a pretty relatable character. I also appreciate her tumultuous journey to a true faith in and relationship with God. For many of us, getting our hearts on the right track takes some time and a lot of bumps along the way. Richard is a wonderful hero. He is so kind, compassionate, and thoughtful. I absolutely adore how he seems to always know what Clarinda wants and needs before she does. Richard is also noble. This is a character trait that really stands out. He is a good man and he works hard to do right by his loved ones, his friends, and his community. In addition to being thoroughly engaged and loving the endearing characters, I also found the themes thought-provoking and timely. Specifically, I appreciate the discussion in regards to scars and how we can, if we are not careful, make them a mask we hide behind. Truly something to consider as I had never really thought of scars as something I could hide behind, but it is true. All in all, Sing in the Sunlight is a wonderful Historical Romance that I just cannot recommend enough. Definitely purchase yourself a copy today. You won’t be disappointed that you did!
I received a copy of this novel in eBook form from the author, Kathleen Denly, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.