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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.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Daughters of the Potomac
Beyond the Valley, Daughters of the Potomac Series #3Rita GerlachAbingdon Press / 2013 / Trade Paperback$13.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 8 Reviews
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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
Razor Reader5 Stars Out Of 5Absorbed in the StoryJuly 4, 2015Razor ReaderQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Characters are developed well. The story has all the elements of a good read, growth, love, tears, danger and intrigue. My only criticism is that the ending of books 2.and 3 seemed a bit rushed. Some reviews commented on errors. I did not see any - I read the ebook - not sure if that is different.
No idea how another reviewer could question to call this series Christian. The entire book is a struggle between the frailty of humanity and doing what is right. The ability to forgive is nothing short of divine. I enjoyed the story and am moved by difficulty of forgiveness. In each case the injured is fully justified in their resentment but as Christians we have a higher calling.
Lets look back on our days with a smile and not regret for wasted days!
Debbie WilderSalinas, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A deeply moving historical novel.January 26, 2015Debbie WilderSalinas, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The development of the characters in this book is excellent. I was drawn into the story from the very beginning. I wanted so badly to see everything work out well for Eliza Bloome. She has such a strong faith and has so many hardships to face throughout the story. Multiple times I felt as if my heart was going to break for all that she had to deal with.
She is a very realistic character in that as time progressed she faltered in her decision making and in her belief that she had made correct choices. Even when we make questionable choices God doesnt leave us and we can hold on to that fact. This is something that Eliza works through as she struggles with her self-doubts. If we are at all truthful with ourselves we would each admit to doubting our decisions at times.
I am looking forward to reading the other 2 books in this series and seeing what type of characters Rita Garlach creates for them.
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.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5February 11, 2013alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: 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.