Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Before The Scarlet Dawn by Rita Gerlach

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Before The Scarlet Dawn
Abingdon Press (February 2012)
Rita Gerlach


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.

"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, and inspire them to live fully and gratefully."

In many of her stories, she writes about the struggles endured by early colonists, with a sprinkling of both American and English history. Currently she is writing a new historical series for Abingdon Press entitled 'Daughters of the Potomac'. See her 'Novels In Progress' page on her website to learn more.

There are other novels on her list to be published, and a proposal for another book series.

She was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in a large family in the Maryland suburbs. Her family claims that storytelling is their blood, handed down from centuries of Irish storytellers. Rita believes there just may be something to that theory.


In 1775, Hayward Morgan, a young gentleman destined to inherit his father’s estate in Derbyshire, England, captures the heart of the local vicar’s daughter,
Eliza Bloome. Her dark beauty and spirited ways are not enough to win him, due to her station in life.  

Circumstances throw Eliza in Hayward’s path, and they flee to America to escape the family conflicts. But as war looms, it's a temporary reprieve. Hayward
joins the revolutionary forces and what follows is a struggle for survival, a test of faith, and the quest to find lasting love in an unforgiving wilderness.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Before The Scarlet Dawn, go HERE.

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Note: Sometimes you will find missing posts for bloggers. The main reason is that their book has been delayed. We do not expect a review if they haven't had the opportunity to read the book :-) Check the comments for additional posters and follow our list of bloggers for this tour:

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Ernie W. said...

Post is up.

Charity said...

My post is up with review. Loved it!


A Cooking Bookworm said...

Posted with review.

Andrea said...


April Erwin said...

mine's up.

Mocha with Linda said...

Mine will post overnight with a review.

Heart2Heart said...

I absolutely fell in love with this book and the series! Can't wait for the next one!


Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Jasmine said...

Scheduled to post tomorrow!

MJ @ Creative Madness Mama said...

...and for once I'm verbose!


Please check out the changes to my website. Fonts and banners and such... new theme too.

Deanna said...


melissa carswell said...

Set to post during the night.

Melanie said...


Christian Bookshelf Reviews

Pam at Daysong Reflections said...

Posted with review.

Margie Vawter said...


CarlybirdK said...


Lynn said...


Joy Hannabass said...

Posted here with review

IE Mommy said...

Here you go - http://www.theiemommy.com/2012/03/18/before-the-scarlet-dawn-by-rita-gerlach-book-review/

Janna said...

Posted with review - didn't love this one - but I love Rita's style with characters and settings, just not the story.