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Circumstances throw Eliza in Hayward's path, and they flee to America to escape the family conflicts. But as war looms, it's a temporary reprieve. Hayward joins the revolutionary forces and what follows is a struggle for survival, a test of faith, and the quest to find lasting love in an unforgiving wilderness.
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Publication Date: 2012
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Series: Daughters of the Potomac
Beside Two Rivers, Daughters of the Potomac Series #2Rita GerlachAbingdon Press / 2012 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 10 Reviews
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Beyond the Valley, Daughters of the Potomac Series #3Rita GerlachAbingdon Press / 2013 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 8 Reviews
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Circumstances throw Eliza in Haywards path, and they flee to America to escape the family conflicts. But as war looms, it's a temporary reprieve. Hayward joins the revolutionary forces and what follows is a struggle for survival, a test of faith, and the quest to find lasting love in an unforgiving wilderness.
"Filled with true-to-life characters whose struggles will linger with readers long after the last page is turned, Before the Scarlet Dawn is a memorable story of Revolutionary War-era England and America." - Amanda Cabot, author of Summer of Promise
"Rita Gerlach has written a colorful historical with a feisty heroine on a search for survival, romance, and a place to belong." Cynthia Hickey, author of the Summer Meadows mysteries
"Ms. Gerlach's unique literary prose has once again captured my heart with a stirring tale of love and loss, desperation and hope during one of the most uncertain times in American History--the Revolutionary War. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!" - MaryLu Tyndall, author of Surrender the Dawn"A stirring story of love and its consequences, Before the Scarlet Dawn will draw you in from the start and not let you go again." ~ Roseanna M. White, author of Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland and Jewel of Persia
"While reading Before the Scarlet Dawn, you'll travel back in time--and from England to Maryland--without ever leaving your easy chair! This is a big, beautiful, well-told story of love, faith, and the struggles of war that changed lives...and hearts. I can't wait to read the next book in this series!" Loree Lough, best-selling author of more than 80 award-winning books, including reader favorite From Ashes to Honor
After moving to America with her new husband, Eliza faces a constant test of faith. Her husband leaves to fight in the Revolutionary War, and her strong and helpful neighbor attempts to seduce her. Eliza never loses sight of God and His role in events, but often loses sight of herself. As the psalmist writes, "Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins" (Psalm 25:18).
Eliza captivates readers with her hardships and struggles. Her unpredictable circumstances make for a character with a relatable and heart-wrenching journey. Gerlach's writing and characters are addicting. She writes with a convicting and convincing nature.
Before Scarlet Dawn leaves readers wanting more. Gerlach closes her story with Eliza's redemption, but there are other characters to wonder about, including the two characters that Gerlach will feature in her two sequels in the Daughters of the Potomac trilogy. The sequels will tie up loose ends surrounding a certain characters that Eliza and readers are forced to leave in God's hands at the end of Before the Scarlet Dawn. Eliza's faith ultimately leads her true redemption and love. Although moral convictions will temporarily keep her from what many would define as a happy ending, she puts her trust in God's providence, inspiring readers to understand the meaning of Christ's forgiveness and to follow Him through every storm, for He will "never leave you, nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5). Harmony Wheeler, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Zoey1 Stars Out Of 5Compelling story but is this really Christian?November 1, 2014ZoeyQuality: 2Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1Before the Scarlet Dawn is an intriguing and gripping story, although the novel did seem to require additional editing to correct some errors, particularly in the earlier parts of the book. I cannot recommend this book as "Christian" fiction since Jesus Christ is never once mentioned, nor is having a relationship with Christ even suggested. Yes, Eliza and others at times pray and recite Bible versus, but no one seems to ever be concerned about growing in their Christian faith or be concerned with the salvation of others. The vicar's daughter no less falls in love with and marries a proud, arrogant, cold hearted, class conscious, cruel though handsome man who decidedly does not know the Lord. Eliza faithfully prays for Hayward's health and safety, as she should. and yearns to have him tell her that he loves her. She should have been praying for his salvation. If her character some how never realizes that his behavior really stems from his lack of spiritual life, this should have some how been mentioned as one of her short comings if this book is to be "Christian." This could have been a 5 star book for quality and value had the same story identified the spiritual issues at play. Hayward's unchecked comment to Darcy that good people go to heaven and bad people who sin go to hell completely ignores sinners being saved by grace through faith, with each of us guilty of being sinners. Had the story included statements that upheld the basic tenets of Christianity, the quality and value of this novel would have soared. The ending is unrealistic for a secular work and questionable for a Christian novel, though at least satisfying in that Eliza will be provided for.
Debbie5 Stars Out Of 5Before the Scarlet Dawn.October 10, 2014DebbieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I could hardly lay this book down it was so interesting. I am looking forward to the other 2 titles in this series.
Army MomAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5February 11, 2013Army MomAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Honestly I'm not really sure how I felt about this book.
Bad things, were there were several spelling errors and in one place the paragraph repeated itself. There is just no excuse for that many mistakes.
Ok now for the book itself. While it wasn't your typical happy every after ending, I personally thought it ended well, and the reason was because it ended realistically. To have it end any other way I feel would have taken Hayward out of character.
Eliza, like most of us have typical idea of what love looks like. She based her opinions on a "worlds view" of love and while I truly think that she loved Hayward, she failed to see that his idea of love was conditional and when she couldn't live up to that she was rejected. It wasn't until the end that she finds the kind of love that God gives us which is unconditional love. And sometimes God gives us back the people/things that we have lost, back usually not in a way that we would expect.
As far as the ending goes, I personally didn't have a issue with it, but I can see where other people could. It could have been a bit clearer.
I would have really like to give this a four star, but with all the spelling and editing mistakes, I do have to give it only a three star. I hope the next book is better edited.
Kathi Macias5 Stars Out Of 5Love, love, LOVE this book!October 7, 2012Kathi MaciasQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As a busy author/speaker myself, I almost never have time to read for pleasure, but I'm so glad I made time to read Before the Scarlet Dawn. By the time I was done, I was thrilled to realize book two, Beside Two Rivers, had just released, and I ordered and read it immediately. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed it every bit as much as the first book. I am now anxiously awaiting the next installment. Great stories, believable characters, beautiful narrative!
WendyDundee, ScotlandAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great Historical FictionSeptember 17, 2012WendyDundee, ScotlandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Before the Scarlet Dawn is the first in a Trilogy and it is apparent at the end that the next book in the trilogy needs to be read in order for you to get the whole story. This is the only reason I have given this 4 rather than 5 stars. The story itself is definitely worth 5 stars. I loved the feisty heroine Eliza, who after losing both her father and brother in the same day, marries Hayward and moves out to the colonies with him. Her husband on the other hand can appear quite arrogant. However, this makes him appear all the more real. The story is well written, you really get the sense of America at the time, and how the American war of Independance impacted on ordinary people. You also get to know a lot about the English class system, which seemed to continue free and unfettered in America. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this trilogy and hearing some more of their story.