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The Rebel's Pledge [Kindle Edition]

Rita Gerlach
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Book Description

(Inspirational Christian Historical Romance) He was a rebel to King James, hunted down, captured, and enslaved in Colonial Maryland. Haunted by war and wrestling with a troubled past, Matthew Hale pledges to protect the daughter of his former owner and bring her from England to her father’s plantation along the Chesapeake, an undertaking that challenges the depth of his courage, and the strength of his faith.

Lara Carey will only wed for love, having kept the story of her parents’ unwavering devotion for each other in her heart. When she learns her guardian has promised her in marriage to a rich English lord in order to save the ancestral home, her hopes unravel, until she meets the heroic stranger that rescued her from the hands of a highwayman..

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From the Author

Dear Readers,

The 2001 version of The Rebel's Pledge is out of print. However, I have revised the novel and reissued it in Kindle and CreateSpace here on Amazon in a fresh edition for 2012.

Rita Gerlach, author

About the Author

Rita Gerlach writes about the struggles endured by early colonists, with both American and English settings. Her inspirational historical series for Abingdon Press entitled 'Daughters of the Potomac' was launched in February 2012, with Before the Scarlet Dawn, followed by Beside Two Rivers, and Beyond the Valley. Her inspirational historical romance, Surrender the Wind, received high praise from book reviewers. She lives with her husband and two sons in a historical town in central Maryland and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 491 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Rita M. Gerlach; 2 edition (June 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CG1VCU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing read! August 16, 2001
I have read many a historical romance novel, some I have loved, some I haven't, but I can safely say, without a shadow of a doubt, that The Rebel's Pledge was one of my true favourites. This delightful story not only captured my imagination effortlessly, but I felt as if I were watching this story unfolding upon a movie screen before me; that nuance of regret surfacing when it finally came to an end. Rita Gerlach's flawless ability to create a historical atmosphere or place pictures and faces in your mind without an abundance of needless description is immense. An over-descriptive story would usually find me skipping through paragraphs, but The Rebels Pledge had me wanting to read every single word. This novel transports you back in time and each uniquely characteristic person within the story can inveigle his or her own emotion from you through Rita's writing. I am, myself, an aspiring authoress of historical romance living in the UK and because of this, had to order this book, then wait patiently for some weeks for it to arrive. It was definitely worth the wait and I sincerely hope that one day not only will I write as lovely a story as The Rebels Pledge, but also become as gifted an author of historical romance as Rita Gerlach.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure and Imagery July 16, 2001
Rita Gerlach's first published novel is an excellent, adventurous read. Rita's use of imagery transports the reader into the story in a very absorbing way, vividly helping bring the story to life in your mind's eye. Coupled with this striking imagery, Rita's artistry blossoms further through a story line that keeps moving forward. Engrossing characters add further vigor to an already impressive novel. I highly recommend this book.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Winner February 9, 2002
Ms. Gerlach has a real winner with her very first book. This novel, steeped in history, was such a fresh breath of air vis-a-vis the romantic content. Nothing more than a kiss or embrace was suggested, with all else left to the reader's imagination. I wasn't quite sure I'd be interested in reading about the long, long ago, but found myself hooked after the first page. Her description of life as it was in the 1700's was fascinating to say the least. One didn't just hop in their car to visit a neighbor; travel was a matter of days, not minutes or hours. Although you may think the ending was predictable, the author kept you guessing right to the very end. This is one of very few books that truly "kept me awake"! On more than one occasion, I was close to watching the sun rise, only because I kept saying, "Just one more page, just one more page . . ." I'm sure everyone will enjoy this great read!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swashbuckling Suspense December 17, 2001
The Rebel's Pledge is a tremendous book with imagery that is as visually sharp as a movie, sensitive characterization and a plot that keeps going and going like the Everyready battery--you just don't want to put the book down, and you don't want to leave the characters at the end of the story either. They are developed with an astute grasp of what inner conflicts they had to overcome as well as the tensions between characters that the author played out convincingly in dialogue that reflects the time and historical setting as well as in narration. Perhaps most admirable is the author's ability to achieve real romance without dallying in erotica. She proves the reader's imagination is fertile enough. For a first novel, I was truly impressed. It is a story that will carry the reader away from daily concerns.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stirring narrative of love and retribution. August 10, 2002
Perhaps my favorite aspect of this tale is the descriptive prose that seems to pour out on the page fluidly. The author has a talent for describing scenery and nature, as well as her characters' unique attributes. Bold narrative drives the scene where pirates attack Hale's ship so that the reader feels he/she is a member of the crew that must fight to survive against impossible odds. The author also delves into the age-old theme of class, aptly conveying the problems of a gentle lady marrying beneath her birth at a time where to do so was reprehensible in the eyes of British gentility. Overall, this is a tale brimming with intrigue, adventure, and romance. One can not help but feel a part of another world when reading THE REBEL'S PLEDGE, which is a glowing account of life in 17th century Maryland as well as England. Through her realistic characterizations and poetic prose, Rita Gerlach has spun a tale well worth reading.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May 27, 2002
I seldom read or review novels of this genre but Rita Gerlach's , The Rebel's Pledge grabbed my attention from the very first page and held it to the very end. Set in the late 17th century during the English Rebellion, Mathew Hale, a rebel, is captured and sent to the colonies to live out his life as a slave. Through circumstances, his own courageous will and a beneficent Master, Edmund Carey, Mathew is set free and charged to return to England and retrieve Carey's estranged daughter, Laura. Mathew & Laura find love, but a spurned lover, Mathew's tainted past, and the class distinctions of the times, find them also and it leads to human drama that spans two continents. The Rebel's Pledge is a novel of epic proportions and throughout it all, the author remains true to the history of the period and weaves a marvelous story of romance and adventure that is as good as it gets.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The rebels pledge
This is a very well written book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you want to read a great book, I suggest this one.
Published 2 months ago by bethanysr
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Wonderful story of love and sacrifice.
Published 2 months ago by L. Terri Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The minute I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. What a story!
Published 4 months ago by Pauline Van Linn
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much soap opera like drama and nothing else
Trite, predictable characters are not realistic and I felt no emotional connection. Too much soap opera like drama and nothing else. I didn't finish it.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars needs editing
This could be greatly improved if the story flowed more. So many scenes just happened and I wondered how we suddenly got there. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Josephine
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rebel's Pledge
This is a diamond of all fine stories. The picturesque descriptions, the portrayal of the characters, the history, and the romance are woven in with intense struggles. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jean H.
5.0 out of 5 stars A. beautiful love story
I truly enjoyed this story of love and commitment this couple had for each other. The obstacles that came in their way were almost impossible to overcome, but the faith brought... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Norma McGary
3.0 out of 5 stars good story but needs more editing
I enjoyed this story and it's very human characters. There are many areas where grammar and spelling corrections are needed
Published 6 months ago by James Gilley
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
This book could not hold my attention very well.
Published 8 months ago by jessica
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book.
I enjoyed the story,as it describes the problem of slavery in the early colonies..the characters are described well and you will not be able to put this book down until the end.
Published 8 months ago by LaVonMoffett
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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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