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 has published seven romantic historical novels, finding a vast array of inspiration in the history of her area, especially along the Potomac River.
Her fourth book Surrender the Wind, an inspirational historical romance set in Virginia and England, was released from Abingdon Press in August 2009. Her historical series The Daughters of the Potomac was launched February 2012 with book 1, 'Before the Scarlet Dawn', book 2, 'Beside Two Rivers' (Oct. 2012), concluding with book 3, 'Beyond the Valley' (Feb. 2013).
She has showcases authors on the website Stepping Stones for Readers, and writes weekly for her blog InSpire.
Her website: http://ritagerlach.blogspot.com
Stepping Stones for Readers: http://steppingstones4readers.blogspot.com/
What is Surrender the Wind about? An American patriot of the Revolution struggles with his loyalty to his country, by accepting an inheritance from his estranged grandfather in England. Upon his arrival in Devonshire, he meets and falls in love with Juleah, the daughter of an eccentric landed gentleman. Amid the joys of new love Seth and Juleah face tragedy and trial. Seth is reunited with his grieving sister, who was taken back to England at the start of the rebellion. A nephew is believed dead. A woman is found murdered in the woods. And Seth is told his wife, Juleah, has perished in a fire. What is the truth behind these tragedies? One man holds the answers - one that despises his American enemy for gaining two things he wanted most -Ten Width Manor and the woman he desired. Seth Braxton’s arrival brings him many trials, where his devotion to those he loves is tested, and his faith is brought to the mere size of a mustard seed. To be a hero, he must stay in the battle.
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