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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

"Beyond the Valley" by Rita Gerlach~Completes the Trilogy

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.

In the wilds of Maryland, Sarah endures the hardships of being indentured and the debasement of being a woman. In despair, she offers up faithful prayers that are answered. But Sarah's new life in the Colonies finds her surrounded by a family's whirlwind of secrets, while she hopes the young doctor she loveswill bring her freedom.

Published by:  Abingdon Press
Pages:  336
Genre:  Historical Fiction/Inspirational
Author:  Rita Gerlach
Find Out More:  Scarlet Dawn Series


Having just finished the long-awaited final book in The Scarlet Dawn trilogy, I'm a little sad.  I fell in love with the characters of these books, as I said in my earlier reviews (the most recent one just last week).  Rita Gerlach has a gift for writing historical fiction.  She never fails to entertain, but more than that, she doesn't fail to bring a note of truth and spiritual warmth to her stories.  I always come away feeling better for having read one of her books.

In "Beyond the Valley" we find the conclusion and story behind Sarah, the quiet and gentle helper Eliza found for her time of need in "The Scarlet Dawn."  Sarah was always a character that touched my heart and left me guessing.  I was so delighted to know that Rita was going to resolve her story.

Sarah is a rich character with strengths that only a young woman whose life is centered on God can come to terms with.  Her kidnapping and enslavement, as well as her loss of a child could have made her bitter and angry to the point of self-destruction, but Gerlach shows us another way out of Sarah's
nightmarish predicaments.  It is her faith in a God that makes this heroine memorable. Despite every odd that says otherwise, Sarah has faith that God will provide for her and show her loved one the way to her. She is the greatest of Ms Gerlach's creations.

This is a series that I highly recommend for hours of very enlightening and heartwarming reading.  Rita Gerlach only gets better as the years go by.  Her writing ranks with the best of historical fiction authors.

Please find her books here:  Barnes & Noble  and Amazon

Wonderful books for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons!

5 stars      Deborah/TheBookishDame




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