Friday, March 29, 2013

Beyong the Valley By Rita Gerlach *Review

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.

 This novel captures your attention in the first paragraph! Brilliantly describing the scenery, the situation, and feelings of the main character within the first tid bit. Just enough to whet your whistle and keep you reading. Very unique in its story, Sarah is suddenly widowed in 1788 England, penniless and pregnant. She is scammed and sent to America as a slave. Red headed Sarah is strong and brave, she has had to be since she was left as an orphan, and has a permanent limp. She hadn't even begun to imagine getting married, let alone being widowed 6 months later. 

Rita Gerlach does an excellent job of describing the surroundings and people. I can visualize the time frame and the characters so vividly. I love when I can read a novel and be transported back in time!
You so feel for Sarah and all of her loses, and what she is struggling with at such a young age. 

I absolutely loved this book!

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 Mountains amid Civil War battlefields and Revolutionary War outposts in central Maryland. You can visit Rita's website at

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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