Beyond the Valley by Rita Gerlach
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Historical Chrisitan Fiction
Book Description: When Sarah Carr's husband Jamie drowns, her young life is shattered and takes a turn that 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's new life in the Colonies finds her surrounded by a family's whirlwind of secrets, while she hopes the young doctor she loves with will bring her freedom.
My thoughts: Sarah Carr's story is a sad one, but one full of courage and hope.
The book begins in England. Sarah's husband drowns while pillaging a crashed ship. His needless death left her desitute without means to take care of herself and her unborn child. She turns to her husband's family and is cast into the hands of scoundrels and bound to the life of an indentured servant.
Throughout her trials, Sarah managed to keep her faith and hope. She holds to her dream of freedom and marriage to Alex, the youg Dr she met whike in ghe service of her first master.
This book is beautifully written and full of many powerful messages. The first is faith in the midst of trials. Sarah always knew that God was mindful of her and she was not forgotten. The message of love flowed through the pages. Another message was that of the slave. Rita Gerlach described the degradation of being sold on an auctioning block. The lack of free will, you belong to a master and do not have a say in your circumstances.
This book is the third in a trilogy, but can be read as a stand alone book. It's a clean read.
Rita Gerlach writes inspirational historical fiction with a romantic bent, with unique settings in both America and England. She 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.
Her latest book is Beyond the Valley.
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