Back in 2010, when I was acting Executive Acquisitions Editor at Abingdon Press, I brainstormed with Rita Gerlach on her series The Daughters of the Potomac. Since leaving Abingdon, it’s been exciting to watch my “babies” launch into the world with me cheering them on. Now the third book in the series, Beyond the Valley, released on February 1 and is available at your local bookstore.
Readers from as far away as Australia and England have been in touch Rita about this next book, expressing their anticipation to find out what happens next and how she concludes the series. I’ve read the first two and can’t wait to read Beyond the Valley. Rita says this one is her favorite out of the three.
“Sarah seemed to resonate with me on so many levels,” says Rita. “She is a wife and expectant mother, a loyal friend, a grieving widow. Her faith is shown in a way relevant to the times she lived in, not just a Sunday Christian, but a virtuous woman whose daily walk with God required ultimate trust, though her trials cause her to question. I hope those who have read books 1 and 2 in the series will read Beyond the Valley to discover how Sarah came to River Run and the many trials she faced and the love she finds in a compassionate physician, Alex Hutton.”
I love a good historical romance, and Rita always delivers, beginning with her first book Surrender the Wind.
For your reading pleasure, here’s a synopsis of Beyond the Valley:
When Sarah Carr’s husband Jamie drowns, her young life is shattered and takes a turn that she never expected. Pregnant and 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.
In Virginia, Sarah is auctioned to a kindly gentleman to serve his eccentric wife. After she meets Dr. Alex Hutton and is loaned to him to help with his orphaned nieces, hope comes alive he will find a way to free her. But when The Woodhouses go bankrupt and sell off all they own, Sarah is sent away. She faces hardships in the wilderness and is soon surrounded by a family’s whirlwind of secrets, praying the young doctor she loves will find her again and bring her freedom.
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Praise for Beyond the Valley
Beyond the Valley is a delightful escape of adventure and romance and a sweeping saga of tragedy and hope that you won’t want to miss! (5 Stars)—MaryLu Tyndall, author of the Surrender to Destiny Series
Creating characters with intense realism and compassion is one of Gerlach’s gifts. Her books typically involve dramatic situations, giving her characters a chance to rise above their adversity. Beyond the Valley is a shining example of that, reminding us that we are never forsaken. This is the third in the Daughters of the Potomac series. Sarah’s character was introduced in the first novel, Before the Scarlet Dawn, and now she has her own heart-wrenching story that takes us from England to Virginia and Maryland. The historic setting is vividly descriptive, bringing the story to life, almost becoming a character unto itself. You may shed some tears, but you’ll come away with deep contentment and satisfaction of a story well told.—(Review in RT (Romantic Times) Book Reviews Magazine – 4 stars)
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Book 3 in the Daughters of the Potomac series, Beyond the Valley, is available in e-book and paperback in all fine bookstores.
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