Beyond the Valley


Rita Gerlach


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.




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.

Reader review . . . 

Sarah Carr is a young, pregnant widow from Cornwall when her brother-in-law has her kidnapped and sold into indentured servitude in the Colonies.  After enduring the humiliation of being sold on the auction block, she sees hope for her future in the love of a handsome young doctor.  But things go from bad to worse, and Sarah and Alex are torn apart.  Through every situation, she never gives up on Alex, or on God.
Do not start this book until you have time to read it through.  This is not a book you can read in short bursts, but a book you will start and not be able to set down.  There is never a lag in the storyline.  If anything, there is too much happening to the protagonist, Sarah.  She endures more hardships than  imaginable.  While the characters have been developed well, the style of the dialogue often seems unrealistic.  However, the premise of the novel is good, and I had to know what happened to Sarah, so it was worth continuing to read.
Clean novel with no strong language; strong Christian theme
3.5 stars
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