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"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 http://ritagerlach.blogspot.com/
Her Blog 'Inspire' http://inspire-writer.blogspot.com/
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Surrender The Wind is full of mystery and suspense. When I thought I knew had committed murder I was so wrong. A wonder read!!!!!Published 24 days ago by Linda Byrd
This novel is an old fashioned love story which I visited like an old friend several times before it's time was over.Published 1 month ago by Brian Huckle
Do not remember ordering this book, read it just to get it out of the way so I could start another. End of story---I really enjoyed the read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bennie in PA
She has written another interesting novel that holds the reader's attention to the end. She remains a favorite author of historical fiction.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 3Published 16 months ago by rosalietisue
It was okay, just a little slow reading. Not one of my favorites.Published 18 months ago by Dorthy Hickey
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 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
It had a it's twist I did not expect, then you think maybe a little more twist and it did not disapointPublished 22 months ago by Maggie
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 morePublished on November 24, 2013 by Debbie
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