Friday, November 30, 2012

Beside Two Rivers by Rita Gerlach (Review)

A tale of love won and love lost, and the faith to find it again.

In the dramatic saga that began in Before the Scarlet Dawn, Eliza's daughter, Darcy, follows a path where the secrets of the past slowly rise to the surface. Along the path, she meets Ethan Brennan, an aspiring English horse breeder, who embraces her independent spirit and marvels at the simplicity of her faith.

Darcy's journey takes her far from her beloved home along the Potomac, to a manor house in faraway England. Soon the memories surrounding her family begin to unravel, and a sworn oath to a dying woman with a long-hidden secret may put Darcy's hope for happiness with Ethan at a risk she could never imagine.

I GIVE THIS BOOK: 3 1/2 Stars

Beside Two Rivers is the second book in the Daughters of the Potomac series. While Beside Two Rivers was good and enjoyable, there was something about it that just didn't wow me like Before the Scarlet Dawn, the first book in the series.

Unlike the first book, which kept me turning pages late into the night, Beside Two Rivers was one that I had no problem putting down. Where the first book had an unexpected ending, this book's ending was a bit rushed and just a little too neat and perfect. There was a character that was made to seem very evil and while he kind of was, it just seemed like so much was said about him and in actuality he didn't do all that much.

Beside Two Rivers is rich in detail and I could imagine myself right there with the characters. I think it could easily be a stand alone novel, as I think the author did a superb job of filling in the details from the first book and maybe it would have been more enjoyable had I not read the other book. There was a person in the book whose identity was kept secret, but because I read the first one I knew right away who it was and so that part got to be a bit annoying to me.

If you've read and enjoyed Before the Scarlet Dawn, Beside Two Rivers is probably already a must read for you...and you know why. If you haven't, as I said above, this book could easily be read and enjoyed on it's own.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (October 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426714157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426714153
  • ASIN: B009B0ZAX2
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Available to purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | CBD

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.

"Inspirational 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 inspire them to live fully and gratefully."

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