Author Guest Post
Evolution of a Book Series
By: Rita Gerlach
Winter came early.
In my mind's eye a heroine by the name of Darcy Morgan appeared in the year 1778, the setting—the Maryland wilderness. I titled the novel Beside Two Rivers. In my notebook I wrote: the place—along the Potomac River in Maryland. Time—the Revolutionary War era.
When I had enough chapters to submit to my editor, I sent them off. She called me and said as is she could not accept it. The writing was good, the narrative strong, but something wasn’t right. I knew I had to trust her, and explore the story deeper.
It was enlightening to have such a conversation over this book with my editor. But even more amazing were the revelations that unfolded one morning while I was in the shower. It hit me like the water suddenly going to freeze mode. I had written a good portion of Darcy's story in Beside Two Rivers. But I realized I had to write her mother Eliza's story. And then! I had to write Sarah's story. The series Daughters of the Potomac was born in my heart.
Once the idea for the series took shape, I had questions.
Who are these heroines?
What are their backstories?
What do they look like?
What are their beliefs, their goals?
What do they want?
How did their childhood affect their lives?
What does love mean to them?
Eliza, Darcy, and Sarah became to me persons who once lived, breathed, and walked this earth. Each began to take form in my imagination. I wrote a proposal and sent it to my editor. She accepted the proposal enthusiastically. I will not deny how challenging it has been to write these books, with each woman’s story meshing with the others. But with any challenge, there is joy in accomplishing the task.
These books are not in the category of formula romances. They are what I like to call Inspirational Historical Dramas. You will find romance, but you will also find stories about relationships between people. The stories are about forgiveness, redemption, loyalty, and the power of love. Each character has good points, but they are also flawed human beings that make mistakes and fall hard, and at some point struggle through the adversity, dust themselves off, and move on with the help of those that love them.
The Daughters of the Potomas series, (Before the Scarlet Dawn, Beside Two Rivers, and Beyond the Valley) is now available from your preferred bookstores and online!
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Beyond The Valley by Rita Gerlach
Book 3: The Daughters of the Potomac series
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: February 1, 2013
Format: Paperback - 336 pages / Kindle - 827 KB / Nook - 2 MB
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
BUY THE BOOK: Beyond The Valley
BUY THE SERIES: The Daughters of the Potomac series
Book 1: Before the Scarlet Dawn
Book 2: Beside Two Rivers
Book 3: Beyond The Valley
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours.
My Book Review:
When seventeen year old Sarah Carr's husband Jamie drowns while trying to salvage items from a shipwreck off of England's Cornish coast, she finds herself a pregnant widow with no means to support herself. Seeking support from her husband's sister Mary and husband Lem, Sarah is an unwanted burden in their house. Her brother-in-law devises a ruthless plan to betray Sarah with a stranger who promises her work, only to kidnap her and force her on a ship bound for the American Colonies to be sold as an indentured servant. Arriving in Potomac, Sarah is sold as an indentured servant to the Woodhouse family. Sarah gets through the heartache and hardship with her unwavering faith, and finds herself falling in love with Alex Hutton, a young country doctor. When Dr. Hutton declares his love for Sarah and tries to purchase her freedom, Sarah is once again sold off to another family and loses contact with Alex. Enduring endless trials and tribulations, Sarah's strong faith keeps her hope alive of reuniting with her beloved Dr. Hutton.
In Beyond The Valley, the third installment of The Daughters of the Potomac series, author Rita Gerlach weaves another poignant tale of inspiration, faith and love, that magically transports the reader back to the scenic Potomac River area of Maryland during the Revolutionary War era.
Written in the third person narrative, the story focuses on the journey of Sarah Carr, who was introduced to the reader in the first book of the series, Before the Scarlet Dawn. This is a wonderful story that follows the trials and tribulations that young Sarah endures from England to the American Colonies, while maintaining unwavering faith and hope.
With a mixture of drama, suspense and romance, Beyond The Valley has enough riveting twist and turns that will keep the reader captivated. The author masterfully weaves an emotional tale while adding heartwarming messages of inspiration and wisdom through Sarah's remarkable faith, strength and ability to overcome adversity. I have always been a history buff, and I think that the author's rich description of the Revolutionary War era setting was simply phenomenal, it transports the reader back to that time period in our nation's history.
Beyond The Valley is the third book in the amazing The Daughters of Potomac series. While each book can be a stand alone read, to enjoy the beauty of this phenomenal Christian Historical Romance series, I would recommend reading the books in order. Christian and Historical fiction fans, this series is a must read!
RATING: 5 STARS *****