Waltz in the Wilderness (Chaparral Hearts Book 1)
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...more
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Eliza is a fabulous character though. You just gotta love her.
Daniel is a good man and he is a gentleman in every way possible. His mama raised him right! I love him too.
As for Alice, Richard and Caroline I felt this was like a second story. I can't imagine being in Alice's shoes. Not at all!! In in ...more
Eliza Brooks has more than her fair share of rough edges. Prickly could be a word that most would use to describe her. She keeps others at a distance and doesn't let people get close. Eliza has experienced more than her fair share of loss, everyone she's ...more
When I began reading this book, I figured it might be a typical historical fiction romance, but in truth, this is a cut above most in this genre. It is a Christian book, and Biblical principles are woven into the very framework of the story. Historical accuracy is also emphasized throughout. In fact, the author herself discusses the historical accuracy of the ...more
I really enjoyed reading about their travels up into the mountains and what they ended up discovering up there. The side story involving Alice was also ...more
I fell in love with strong-headed, one-purpose Eliza Brooks and Daniel Clark, her uncle's employee who becomes her reluctant escort.
Other characters I couldn't stand at all, while I wondered how the people around them could stomach them.
The novel is pretty ...more
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Taking place in much of wild and untamed California soon after the gold rush of 1849, we find Eliza Brooks growing up with her beloved Pa and a whole lotta of guilt on her young shoulders. Due to the dangers of a young female panning for gold, her father decides it is best to send her to her uncle and aunt to live in society. For awhile Eliza can do nothing but obey, but as ...more
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, ...more
Daniel Clarke is the epitome of a gentlemen, he is truly an honorable man as he escorts Eliza on her ...more
I enjoyed this debut from author Kathleen Denly. ...more
Her Dad finally bring her to his brother to have her civilized, and my take was she became a spoiled brat! Her heart’s desire though was to be reunited with her father and she goes to all lengths to get there.
As she begins a journey to find her Dad, we journey around California during the gold rush, and see it all though the eyes of the author.
We are ...more
Waltz in the wilderness was a great story of Eliza and Daniel‘s journey to find her father and also to find themselves. Eliza was this young girl who didn’t really know who she was and Daniel wasn’t sure what he wanted in life. Eliza had insecurities about letting God have the control over her life because she didn’t trust him fully and didn’t think that he listened to her. Daniel had a strong placed faith in God. Eliza was a headstrong, obstinate, ...more
Uncle Henry is just the sweetest and Aunt Celilia is one of those you’d love to shake! Daniel is a ...more
Waltz in the Wilderness had me hook from the very first word. Eli and her father are left on their own after her mother dies. He takes her to his brother’s place to stay while he goes to work. After she quits getting letters from him she takes off to find him.
I loved the adventures Eli had in trying to find her father. First on the boat and then the Wilderness. She meets Daniel who helps with finding her father. I loved Eli character, she was so determined to find her ...more
Eliza and Daniel are such great characters. Both were fun to get to know and see how they interacted with each other and ...more
I had a lot of mixed emotions reading this book. This is my first book in this genre if you can believe that. I don't normally read romance stories but I'm glad I chose this book to be my first. Beautifully written and I highly recommend. Thank you Kathleen for an advanced copy.
I admit there were several times I didn’t care for Eliza. Occasionally, she came across as haughty despite her previous humble circumstances. Yet, as she embarks on her search and the hurts from her past and dreams for her future are revealed, my opinion of her was successfully swayed.
Daniel is honorable, humble, and ...more
This story is captivating from the first page. I fell in love with the characters, especially Eliza. She is a refreshing break away from typical female heroines. She has a great many flaws and struggles and there was nothing predictable in this book. I honestly had no idea what may or may not happen. And I LOVED it! SO refreshing! So refreshing to see a heroine ...more