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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Review of Rita Gerlach's Beyond the Valley

About the Book:
When Sarah Carr's husband Jamie drowns, her young life is shattered and takes a turn that she never expected. Pregnant and now widowed, she reaches out to Jamie's family for help, but they are unwilling. Instead they devise a plan to have her kidnapped and taken to the Colonies to live a life of servitude. Sarah's new life in the Colonies finds her surrounded by a family's whirlwind of secrets, while she hopes the young doctor she loves with will bring her freedom.




My Review:


I really enjoyed this book.  It kept my attention the whole way through.  It was very well written.  This is the first book I've read by Rita Gerlach and I look forward to reading the first two book in the Daughters of the Potomac series.  You really feel Sarah's struggles, but through all of her stuggles, Sarah never forsakes her Lord and realizes that GOD is with her.  She never looses faith and in the end, she is rewarded.  A great story, I highly recommend.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.


About the Author:
Rita Gerlach writes inspirational historical fiction with a romantic bent, with unique settings in both America and England. She lives with her husband and two sons in a historical town nestled along the Catoctin Mountainsamid Civil War battlefields and Revolutionary War outposts in central Maryland.

Her latest book is Beyond the Valley.



Book Excerpt:
Lem Locke’s house stood on a green plain of ground above the rugged cliffs of Hell’s Mouth in St. Ives Bay. Far below, the sea thundered against sheer cliffs. Gulls screeched and flew in circles against the sky. Gray peppered stones made the old dwelling cold, the windows dark and uninviting. The door, also gray due to weathering and a lack of paint had a wrought iron handle and a rope knocker that dangled from a rusty hook, the end a ball of jute. Sarah could not help but wonder if the dreary house reflected the people within it.
Drawing in a deep breath, she trudged up the path and approached the door. She hoped Mary would see her from the window and rush out to greet her. But it wasn’t until she raised the knocker and let it fall that her sister-in-law appeared. The same height as Sarah, Mary stood beneath the lintel slim as a reed. She looked older since Sarah had last seen her. Her hair, partially tucked up beneath a white cap, hung straight around her ears and temples. Her mouth, lined by a hard life, looked drawn with worry.
A look of surprise sprung over Mary’s face. “Sarah? What are you doing here?” She looked down the road.“Where is my brother?”
“Hello, Mary. May I come inside? I must speak with you.”
Mary stepped back and waved her in. “Oh, please tell me he did not leave you and you have come to us for help. I will be very put out if he did.”
A lump swelled in Sarah’s throat. “Yes, he has left me. But not in the way you think.”

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