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Surrender the Wind [Kindle Edition]

Rita Gerlach
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Book Description

(Inspirational Historical Romance) A quick~match tale of unexpected love . . . A fuse that burned rapidly. A tale of love and betrayal in Georgian England.

When Juleah Braxton meets her best friend’s American brother, he is nothing what she imagined he would be. He is battle scared from the Revolution, determined to restore his father’s home in Virginia when he unexpectedly inherits his grandfather’s estate in faraway England. Juleah’s independent spirit and gentle soul wins Seth’s heart and she becomes lady of the manor, enraging the man who sought her hand and schemed to make Ten Width his own.

Editorial Reviews


This novel set after the American Revolution has something for everyone: romance, mystery, comedy and intrigue. The descriptions of the estate, church grounds and characters, especially Seth and Juleah, help bring this novel to life. The writing is so vivid you'll even be able to hear the horses' hoofs and people's voices. Romantic Times - RT Book Reviews

About the Author

Rita Gerlach 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. She was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in a large family in the Maryland suburbs.In many of her stories, she writes about the struggles endured by early colonists with a sprinkling of both American and English history. Her genre - Inspirational Historical Romance / Drama. Visit Rita's website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 572 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1426700725
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; Original edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,013 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Read June 16, 2011
If I gave half stars, this would be one of those occasions for 3 1/2 stars. Surrender the Wind was an entertaining read with a twisting plot which included murder, kidnapping, mystery, shipwrecks, and adventure. The story starts out strong in the prologue, bringing me instantly into the story. It pleated out slightly in the middle, but picked up almost instantly and then continued on, the plot thickening, till I found myself reading as fast as I could toward the end to finish it and find out how it will end.

Seth is a pretty awesome character. He's brave, strong, handsome, supportive, understanding, protective, and so much more. I really enjoyed going along with Seth has he took the big leap to go to England. What a big decision to be made in that day and age. Juleah was also a strong character with a very tender and sweet side that endeared her to many people. Her devotion to Seth's sister was also very commendable and I enjoyed watching the two girl's special friendship.

The plot was very adventurous, as I mention above--murder, mystery, shipwrecks, kidnapping, etc. While this all was exciting to read, I personally found the plot fairly predictable. As first, one than another twist entered the story, I could guess how it was going to turn out--and was proven correct at the end. But this might just be me. Besides the predictability, I really enjoyed the story and thought that the way Seth was first introduced to Juleah was very special and unique.

Rita writes differently than what I am used to, but it was still good. A bit flowery at times, but for those who like vivid, fancy words would enjoy the writing style of this book. Once or twice I wished the author had gone into more detail--mainly, on Seth and Juleah's growing attachment.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Romance at its best! July 18, 2009
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If you love a great historical novel, filled with romance, action, and intrigue, then you won't want to miss Rita Gerlach's latest release, Surrender the Wind. Your heart will soar from the shores of America to the lush green hills of England and then plunge into despair as the characters you've grown to love face a cruel and bitter enemy, kidnappings, murders, and deep sorrows. But do not despair, God's justice and true love prevail in the end. Ms. Gerlach's historic research is evident throughout the story, and her attention to detail and literary descriptions of scenes placed me right in the middle of the action, whether in England or on a ship crossing the Atlantic or in America. I could smell the flowers, the salt in the sea, feel the wind, and hear the sounds of birds, the clank of wagons, and the lap of waves. Though the story starts out a tad slow, your perseverance will be rewarded with an action-packed adventure that will keep you up in the late hours of the night. A thoroughly enjoyable story. I look forward to reading more from Rita Gerlach.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surrender the Wind is like riding a tornado October 19, 2009
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Yep, the story line will keep you wondering and reading. I enjoyed Rita's book a great deal. Her sensories and detail was exceptionally vivid. I loved Seth and Juleah as well as Seth's sister and her situation...which was very believable and captivating as well.
Another thing I appreciated is that it was a Christian Inspirational but Rita's book didn't shove religion at me. Their faith was shown exactly where I would have prayed if I were in that situation. Because of her, I may just give more of this genre a second chance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Beginning for Debut Author January 23, 2010
Things don't add up for Seth Braxton when he arrives in England to settle the inheritance he received from his grandfather. When he arrives he finds his sister grieving over the loss of her young son and stories that conflict. It becomes evident that someone is trying to destroy his family. Yet the authorities don't believe him, a traitorous American.

Juleah Fallowes reserves judgment of Seth. She's still smarting over the death of her brother in the war with America, but she finds herself drawn to this man while trying to rebuff the advances of another unwanted suitor. Despite trying to put distance between herself and Seth, Juleah admits she's in love with him. They're soon married. But their honeymoon is disrupted by tragedy.

What a fabulous book! It was nice to take a step off my beaten path of suspense and contemporary novels and head to historical England. I was drawn to the characters of Seth and Juleah, their plights and wills to overcome them. It was nice to see post-Revolutionary war England and how some of the British people treated Americans. It'll be interesting to see how Rita Gerlach follows up in her next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent March 16, 2012
By Really
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I was interested in the story because I really like to read about i guess you could say the olden time. It was well written kind of slow in a few places but kept my interest. Over all I gave it 4 stars
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to expectations November 16, 2010
By Linda
I read this book because it was mentioned in the "new books" section of the monthly flyer sent out by the local Christian bookstore. This book is about an American Revolutionary patriot Seth Braxton who inherits a mansion in England when his grandfather dies. The only reason he decides to travel there to claim his inheritance is because his younger sister writes that she needs his help. The storyline seemed like it had potential, but the author didn't handle it well. I saw five reviews for the book on Four of them gave it five stars, and one gave it a three or four. However, I believe the reviewers must have been friends, relatives or the staff of her book publisher.

Right away, I found reading the book to be difficult because the excessive similes, metaphors and adjectives were distracting. Secondly, I felt like I was getting a bird's eye view instead of camping out anywhere in the story, and the bird kept swooping in and flying off. The plot seemed jerky--e.g., Seth meets Juleah and a few pages and weeks later, they're in love although we've had no dialogue to show why they've developed such a relationship, just a statement that they've been having long talks in the evening. There was no build-up to major happenings and little character development. We'd usually find out the details after something happened--e.g., the burning of Seth's mansion, followed by Juleah's "murder" and her abduction and journey to America.

The writing was what I'd describe as melodramatic, and it began to feel like the Perils of Pauline. It was billed as Christian fiction, so I suppose that's why we'd see token references to God or scripture quoted occasionally. Once, I saw a reviewer say the following about another book: "Getting through this book was like pushing jello uphill with a pitchfork." That describes how I felt about this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars comments on"Surrender the Wind
Very good read ,too much.too much scenery but well done.suspense,good , Ididn't feel justice was served,thou.i believe it was more like a 3
Published 2 months ago by rosalietisue
4.0 out of 5 stars book
It was okay, just a little slow reading. Not one of my favorites.
Published 4 months ago by Dorthy Hickey
4.0 out of 5 stars plot twist
I found this book to have a lot of twist but it came to the point that you knew the character would pop back in again.
Published 8 months ago by K.C.
4.0 out of 5 stars twist
It had a it's twist I did not expect, then you think maybe a little more twist and it did not disapoint
Published 8 months ago by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot put down. 5 STARS
Historic Romantic with suspense that you cannot put it down. Normally do not read historic novels but the author is great to detail take it makes you think you are there. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian Historial Revolutionary War
to be a Christmas gift. This book is in a series set in the Revolutionary War era. Have not read
Published 13 months ago by Dp Fillinger
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
I enjoyed reading this book and fell in love with the main characters. Somewhat predictable and a little frustrating in places.
Published 15 months ago by rlmills
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath of Life
For an historical fiction book this was an awesome read. I loved it from the very beginning all the way through. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kim Justice
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Was very well written but didn't live up to its potential. Left with a vague idea of time frame. Focused more on Seth running around throughout the book.
Published 16 months ago by Beth Ann Staton
1.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
I heard grade school teachers in English class years ago always say to show, not to tell. Obviously, this author needs a trip back to third grade--so many scenes were overly... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Liz
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More About the Author

Rita Gerlach 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. She was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in a large family in the Maryland suburbs.

"Romantic historical fiction that has an inspirational bent, is one way people can escape the cares of life and be transported back to a time of raw courage and ideal love," she says. "The goal of my writing is to give readers a respite from a stressful world and give them hope."

In many of her stories, she writes about the struggles endured by early colonists, with a sprinkling of both American and English history. Her genre - Inspirational Historical Romance / Drama.

Rita is a breast cancer survivor, and incorporates into her newer fiction what she learned through her journey --- courage, faith, and the precious gift of family and friendship.

Currently she is writing an Edwardian era novel set in Chevy Chase, Maryland, a historical community on the outskirts of Washington DC, leading to a fictional village in the western Maryland mountains. She is also co-authoring a historical series with bestselling Christian author Gilbert Morris.

Visit Rita's website at

Her Blog 'Inspire'

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