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Beyond the Valley: Daughters of the Potomac - Book 3 Paperback – February 1, 2013
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"For a memorable story of life as an indentured servant in the late 18th century, look no further than Rita Gerlach's Beyond the Valley. Readers will root for Gerlach's heroine, who surmounts horror and heartbreak to find hope and happiness beyond the valley.
Amanda Cabot, author of Waiting for Spring
The author skillfully weaves through the exquisitely written pages, the message of hope and freedom and redemption. It's a message the world desperately needs to hear today, that despite tragedy and hard times, new life and hope are right around the corner. Readers will also appreciate the cross-over with other characters from the prior two novels. All in all, 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!
MaryLu Tyndall, author of 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. 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.
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Will his love be enough to find her again within the wilds of the Maryland frontier?
When Sarah Carr's husband Jamie drowns, her young life is shattered and takes a turn she never expected. Pregnant and now 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.
Sarah endures the hardships of a sea voyage, the debasement of the slave auction, and the loneliness of servitude. In despair, she puts her trust in her Savior and finds her new life in the Colonies surrounded by a family's whirlwind of secrets, while she hopes the young doctor she loves will bring her freedom.
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Sarah Carr has never had an easy life. As an orphan she has already endured hardships in her life and with one leg shorter than the other she is viewed as a cripple and tainted. You have to keep in mind that this was the 1700′s and any type of defect had people looking down on you. Finally though she finds happiness with her husband Jamie until tragedy hits and he is taken from her. Left pregnant and alone she turns to the only people she can – Jamie’s sister and her husband. Imagine her surprise to find that they are not very welcoming and in fact scheme to have her kidnapped. As she travels by ship to be sold as an indentured servant she can’t help but wonder why God has forsaken her and what hardships lay ahead of her.
While the trip on the ship was more than Sarah felt she could endure what was to come for her would really try her faith at times. Her life has become one where she is destined to serve others until she has paid her debt. While this is not the life she wants not everyone is bad especially one handsome doctor by the name of Alex Hutton. They meet and it seems, despite their differing stations in life, that they are destined for each other. Yet it seems that the fates cannot look favorably on Sarah and she is once again sold to someone else and Alex loses track of her in the process. He vows to find her again, set her free, and marry her. Yet at every turn it seems not meant to be. Will Sarah survive what is in store for her? Will her faith see her through? Will Alex be able to find Sarah before she is lost to him forever?
I liked Sarah. I had already met her in a previous book so I knew some of her story but it was interesting to get it all instead of only bits and pieces. Despite the hardships that continually seemed to find her she was still loyal to those she loved and had a fierce determination to live and clung to her hope and faith in her God. I enjoyed being taken back to characters from the previous books as well. If I had one complaint and it isn’t really a complaint as it’s more of an observation and that is I think this book would have fit better in the middle as the second book. It can most definitely stand alone but I do think you get more from the story having read the others. As for me I’ve really enjoyed the series and it’s everything I look for in a good Christian historical romance novel. God doesn’t promise us an easy life but he promises to be there for us and with us as long as we keep our hope and faith in him alive.
Although I was given a copy of this book I was not expected to provide a review. I am writing a review because of the quality of this book which made me want to share this with others
Rita also omits the sex which frees her to explore poor Sarah's troubles in a better light.
I know other reviewers complained it was "too much" trouble for the heroin, but come on, folks! This is a historical novel, not a Harlequin novel. What do folks think that happened to slaves around the time of the Revolutionary war? They all got on Survivor and kicked each other off the island, until one won a million dollars? This is history, not fantasy. This novel deals with slavery, and all it's horrors. From people treated like livestock to men thinking they could use the female slaves as 'companionship'. It was a horror that must be told in order to respect the dead. A slave's life wasn't a bed of roses and easy life. It was a nightmare they couldn't wake up from. Trapped forever. So yes, a lot did happen to Sarah, but it was a slave's life Rita focused on, not a made-up life for romance readers. So if you want a made-up romance novel that doesn't follow history, but focuses on the la-la of life, then this isn't the book for you.