Tuesday, March 19, 2013

BLOG TOUR and GIVEAWAY: Beyond the Valley by Rita Gerlach

Review copy provided by publisher for blog tour.
All opinions expressed are solely my own.


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.


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. Her latest book is Beyond the Valley.



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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An emotional story about love and devotion, but also pain and loss and forgiveness, I found some of scenes in this book almost bled off the page. I did love Sarah as a character though and her courage and faith.  She continued to live the best she knew how despite some of the awful things that happened to her.  I especially appreciated her loyalty to Alex even when giving in to others demands would have made her life seemingly easier.  I confess that the topic of indentured servants/slavery is one that really bothers me and I have a hard time reading about it sometimes.  I appreciated how sensitively the author handled this aspect of the story, showing how wrong it was without getting into the often brutal nature of it.  Alex was a great character as well, kind and determined to find Sarah after she was sold.  Sarah and Alex certainly deserved each other.  I recommend this book to those who enjoy a good Christian love story that involves betrayal, forgiveness, and devotion.

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1 comment:

  1. This looks like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!


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