Thursday, February 2, 2012

Introducing Rita Gerlach's newest release, Before the Scarlet Dawn!

At last comes the novel readers have been waiting for. ( And one I personally endorsed!)

From critically acclaimed novelist, Rita Gerlach, comes book 1 in The Daughters of the Potomac Series, a timeless tale of love and betrayal, loss and redemption against the backdrop of the American Revolution.

Readers will grow attached to heroine Eliza Morgan, as she faces the hardships of colonial life when she leaves behind all she has in order to follow her heart and the man she loves into the Maryland wilderness.

Story Blurb
On a windswept night in April of 1775, Eliza sat at her father’s bedside hoping he would recover. Forced to leave the home she grew up in, Eliza grows desperate. She could marry her former suitor, but cannot bear the thought of a loveless marriage.

Instead she falls in love with Hayward Morgan, the condescending son of a landed gentleman. When Eliza learns of his plans to leave England and build a life in the Maryland frontier, she decides to present a proposal of her own.

“…a big, beautiful, well-told story of love, faith, and the struggles of war that changed lives...and hearts.  ~ Author Loree Lough ~

MaryLu Here: My review:
This author has a way with words. I cannot explain it but she has a literary quality to her writing that just puts you right into the scene. So much so, that you can smell the flowers and feel the wind on your face. Aside from that, her characters are real and deep. And they make mistakes, terrible ones, just like real people. This is a love story set during the tumultuous times of the Revolution in America. But it is not your normal love story. It is about a woman who so desperately wants her husband to love her that she goes to great lengths to please him. Perhaps many women out there can relate. The story brings many questions to one's mind about marriage and committment.. and it is totally unpredictable! A Christian book through and through, but not your normal Christian romance. How refreshing!

Rita Gerlach is the author of four inspirational historical novels, including ‘Surrender the Wind’, the American Christian Fiction Writers book of the month.

On Sale: February 1, 2012

Available from online booksellers and at fine bookstores everywhere. Paperback and e-book.

Buy Now From:

Book 2 ~ Beside Two Rivers ~ Fall, 2013 (The story of Eliza's daughter, Darcy)
Book 3 ~ Beyond the Valley ~ Spring 2013 (Sarah, an indentured servant's story)


  1. Thurs Feb 2nd ....
    "Morning, MaryLu, and, Rita" ....
    "Before the Scarlet Dawn" is definitely a book I'd be interested in reading ... sounds like a great story.
    Thanks for sharing about this new book !
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

  2. Thank you, Brenda, for you kind words.

    And thank you, Marylu, for featuring my book on your site.

  3. This sounds like an awesome book! First of all, I LOVE colonial time stories. And secondly, this seems like a different kind of romance story, one you don't often see. I have never read a Rita Gerlach book before, but I am very excited to read this! Thanks for sharing and endorsing, MaryLu! :)

  4. @ Sarah: I am with you on that girl. Colonial time stories are my faborite reads-they seem more realistic and interesting. Its why I love MaryLu's books! I am definetely gonna get my hands on this!