Wednesday, February 1, 2012

For Rita Gerlach, a fellow writer and friend

At last comes the novel readers have been waiting for. 

Book 1 in the long awaited 'Daughters of the Potomac Series' by author Rita Gerlach.

Readers will grow attached to heroine Eliza Morgan, as she faces the hardships of colonial life when she leaves behind all she has in order to follow her heart and the man she loves into the Maryland wilderness. 

On a windswept night in April of 1775, Eliza sat at her father’s bedside hoping he would recover. Forced to leave the home she grew up in, Eliza grows desperate. She could marry her former suitor, but cannot bear the thought of a loveless marriage.

Instead she falls in love with Hayward Morgan, the condescending son of a landed gentleman. When Eliza learns of his plans to leave England and build a life in the Maryland frontier, she decides to present a proposal of her own.

From critically acclaimed novelist, Rita Gerlach, comes book 1 in 'The Daughters of the Potomac Series', a timeless tale of love and betrayal, loss and redemption against the backdrop of the American Revolution.

“…a big, beautiful, well-told story of love, faith, and the struggles of war that changed lives...and  hearts.
                                    ~ Author Loree Lough ~

~ Read Chapter One for free ~

Rita Gerlach is the author of four inspirational historical novels, including‘Surrender the Wind’, the American Christian Fiction Writers book of the month.

Inspirational Historical Romance
    On Sale: February 1, 2012

Available from online booksellers and at fine bookstores everywhere. Paperback and e-book.

Book 2 ~ Beside Two Rivers ~ Fall, 2013
(The story of Eliza's daughter, Darcy) 

Book 3 ~ Beyond the Valley ~ Spring 2013 
(Sarah, an indentured servant's story)

Official Website for Rita Gerlach:

I have not had the pleasure of reading this book yet, but after reading Chapter One, it's caught my interest! 


  1. First, it's great to have you blogging again about writing, Sandi!

    I look forward to reading Rita's book. Happy Launch Day!

  2. I agree with you about Rita's writing. STELLAR. I can't wait to read this latest.

  3. It looks like a great book, Sandi. I'm anxious to read it.

  4. I had the privilege of reading this for endorsement. Here's what I said: Filled with true-to-life characters whose struggles will linger with readers long after the last page is turned, Before the Scarlet Dawn is a memorable story of Revolutionary War-era England and America.

  5. Thanks Sandi, I'll have to check this out. Thanks to your post last month, I'm two-thirds of the way through Dance of the Dandelion. You were dead on with that one. =)

  6. Sandi, thank you so much for posting about Before the Scarlet Dawn. You are so supportive and I truly appreciate the endorsement.
    Hugs, Rita