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  1. Kelly_Instalove Kelly_Instalove says:

    First impressions Ugh About halfway through I found myself thinking This isn't working for me on any level And then it got worseI was so intrigued by the colonial setting promised in the blurb but it played out like a strange conglomeration of Gone with the Wind The Scarlet Letter and Jane EyreI found the heroine to be wildly inconsistent veering from naive preacher's daughter to vain seductress to proto feminist to groveling martyr in such a way that I never understood her motivations The general consensus among reviewers is that the heroine's husband who is NOT a hero by any means is a complete and utter tool But what annoyed me even than his despicable deceit near the end was that NO ONE ever called Hayward out for his own significant role in contributing to Eliza's moment of weaknessAND the death of a major character in the book was tossed away in a single sentence from a stock character who appeared in only that one sceneLonger review to come Received this title free from the publisher via NetGalley

  2. Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~* Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~* says:

    Re read book one to start next book twofeelings rating the same on this oneBook One of the Potomac trilogyThis was a hard book to gather my thoughts to reviewDon't let the cover fool you for what you think is insideWhat a attention grabbing heart breaking drama It's 1775 and Hayward Morgan is destined to inherit his fathers Estate in Derbyshire England Even though a Vicar's daughter catches his attention Eliza's beauty and spirited ways aren't enough because of her station in life Hayward's father would disinherit him if he took a notion to her But circumstances throw these two together as Hayward needs to take a wife back with him to America where he owns a home and land And as none of these English ladies would cope there and Eliza's father just passed away as well as her brother she has no where to go So she offers herself to be his wife as she has fallen in love with him and believes they are meant to be togetherAfter she convinces him he lets her know right off he does not love her and never will but she believes her love will be enough for them both So off they go to start a new life Hayward is also disinherited but is well off in his own right III pause right here to mention a wee uibble Eliza's sudden instant love forever right at the beginning just didn't work for me personally but what made up for it sorta was Eliza's faith and determination in loving a man that didn't love her back And points go to Hayward for being upfront and honest of his feelings which rang true As they settle into life in America and we watch as Hayward's feelings for Eliza grow and a happy future seems to bloom for them But as War looms Hayward joins the Revolutionary and for Eliza what follows in his absence is a struggle for survival until he returns Another pause here for a wee uibble again as while I admired Eliza's strength courageand faith for me personally again I felt her talks to above to bring Hayward home safely were a tad overdone but not enough to put the book down Now at this point in the story certain events happen to Eliza when upon learning Hayward has been hung and devoted readers may not condone her actions throughout this time in the story but for me it really added the raw realness of things that happen in life And now alasHayward is alive and returns to his wife and small daughter Okthis is where the story gets gritty and as I kinda had a love hate reaction to these characters at certain points in their story this is where they really show their courage and faith if you will At first I thought Hayward was coming around at the first part of the story but upon his return home and seeing there was certain situations that occurred while at War and how he handled itI just wanted him OUT of the story He did some jaw dropping moments here and I hated him for it I abhorred him Why? sorry no spoiler here you'll need to find out and read for yourself Is there a HEA here? Noand maybe I'm not sure just how the author will work out this situation in the next book and if she can change Hayward enough for me to re like him but this book really kept me sucked in and I need to find out in book two which is daughter Darcy's story just how this will all come about So despite my few uibbles which may not work for others I really enjoyed this author's well written story of strength courage and faith in a time period of uncertainty

  3. Jenny Q Jenny Q says:

    I love this time period and I had high hopes based on the description but this is not for me Twenty eight pages in and Eliza Bloome has received and rejected a marriage proposal been rescued from unwanted advances been rescued from a runaway horse fallen off a runaway horse talked treason thrown herself at her childhood love and been soundly rejected Oh and not only have three different men rhapsodized about Eliza's raven hair violet eyes and voluptuous figure but Eliza herself has described her physical attributes in flowing verse The setting and plot have potential but the writing style is not for me

  4. Deborah Deborah says:

    Sneak preview Pre release review I cried all through this novel It reminded me so much of Gone With the Wind and many of the best in historical novels The thing that set this one apart from historical novels published today was its purity of writing and the base of honor it conveyed How refreshing it was to read a book about the finest ualities of a woman wife mother and friend I know we are out there today and it was so touching to read us praised for a change in literatureA story written about a young daughter of a rector in England who marries the disinherited son of an aristocrat joins him in the colonies of Maryland to build a life and experiences the hardships that accompany the American Revolution; this novel is about the heart's blood and feelings of its protagonist Eliza than anythingI laughed at her spunk and determination But I spent alot of time crying at her strength and powerful love for her husband and family This is a must read for anyone with a woman's heartI loved this book than I can say A surprise read for me and one I simply took a chance on So glad I didOne thing only that bothered me was that on occasion the author waxed a little old fashioned in her character's verbal responses at the end of the book which was off putting and sounded contrived Otherwise a 5 star book

  5. MaryLu Tyndall MaryLu Tyndall says:

    Another beauty by Rita Gerlach This author has a way with words I cannot explain it but she has a literary uality to her writing that just puts you right into the scene So much so that you can smell the flowers and feel the wind on your face Aside from that her characters are real and deep And they make mistakes terrible ones just like real people This is a love story set during the tumultuous times of the Revolution in America But it is not your normal love story It is about a woman who so desperately wants her husband to love her that she goes to great lengths to please him Perhaps many women out there can relate The story brings many uestions to one's mind about marriage and committment and it is totally unpredictable A Christian book through and through but not your normal Christian romance How refreshing

  6. Kim Kim says:

    Horrible The book is set during the Revolutionary War The women in the story go through a long period of trials and heartache Without giving away plot the lead male character is arrogant and cruel not to mention very emotionally abusive to the lead female character It started out good by the end I was furious with the characters It is a Christian romance and whatever torture the male throws at her the lead female says it must be God's will Fight back show some backbone that you did the entire time he was gone

  7. Naomi Naomi says:

    I must say that I was really really pleasantly surprised by this book I received it off netgally and was a bit apprehensive that I had made a mistake in reuesting it when I found out it was a Christian romance However the author wrote this in such a tasteful manner The Christian aspects don't come off as preachy at all The romance aspect was done very tastefully and almost has an innocence to it although the two main characters are married This is def a series I will continue on with

  8. Katie Katie says:

    First posted on my blog Legacy of a WriterRita Gerlach is back with heart breaking drama in Before the Scarlet Dawn While I wasn’t crazy about her previous book Surrender the Wind I found her writing style and story plot much improved and attention grabbing in her newest release Be forewarned—the story within is not what you would expect from the cover And I mean that in a good wayIt was easy for me to like and sympathize with Eliza Bloome and all her troubles and heartache Not only does she lose all close relatives but she leaves her homeland to start a new life with a man she lovesbut who doesn’t love her back I really admired Eliza’s courage to love him anyways no matter if he refused to love her back At first I liked Hayward—and hoped he would come around in the end But in the end I hated him Abhorred him What a total jerk Want to know why? Sorry no spoilers here—read the book ; I didn't care too much for the romance and that's what mainly kept me from giving it any stars It just felt toosudden and fake Eliza just suddenly knows she's in love with Hayward 'forever and ever' For me personally I like to see of the 'growing to love each other' stage instead of just skipping that to dive directly into being in loveBefore the Scarlet Dawn is one of those books that I ended up having a very strong “love hate” reaction to it Honestly when I finished the book I was determined to give it 3 stars and throw it across the room for good measure But in the end the story grew on me—even after I had finished reading it It has one of those memorable plots that stays with you long after you finish the last pageSo in the end I am giving Before the Scarlet Dawn 4 stars for a well written story and a hopeful continuation I don’t know how Rita will work this sticky situation out or even if she can change Hayward enough for me to even remotely like himbut I have faith in the writer Can’t wait for the next book to come out—Eliza needs a ray of sunshine to pierce her world after all she’s been through

  9. Pegg Pegg says:

    SPOILER ALERTThis book is hard for me to review and I've let it set for a week thinking about it I loved it for the first 80% of the book The characters were real interesting they struggled stumbled and found their footing again It was shaping up to be a story I might have read a second time But for me it fell apart in the end If you like a happily ever after story this is certainly not your book If you like realistic hard life stories this may be your book I do actually like a hard life story but this one stripped everything from the leading lady She loses it all and I felt like at the end she lost herself That is why it fell apart for me I can understand losing the rest life happens people disappoint etc But to lose the essence of self to stop striving to reach your goals to lay down and accept defeat? Not my idea of a good ending Even Scarlett still had Tara All the build up all the time invested rooting for this woman to succeed at some level only to have her land flat meh

  10. Rachel Brand Rachel Brand says:

    I just couldn't get into this one The synopsis made it seem like the sort of thing I'd enjoy but the main character was too much of a Mary Sue for my liking I'd like to say I'll go back to this someday but ultimately I just have too much else to read right now 2

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Before the Scarlet Dawn (Daughters of the Potomac #1) ➵ [Read] ➯ Before the Scarlet Dawn (Daughters of the Potomac #1) By Rita Gerlach ✤ – 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 a In 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 Before the PDF \ what follows is a struggle for survival a test of faith and the uest to find lasting love in an unforgiving wilderness.

  • ebook
  • 262 pages
  • Before the Scarlet Dawn (Daughters of the Potomac #1)
  • Rita Gerlach
  • English
  • 16 April 2016
  • 9781426754029

About the Author: 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 MarylandInspirational romantic fiction 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.