Before the Scarlet Dawn

Daughters of the Potomac, Book 1
Narrated by: Christine Marshall
Series: Daughters of the Potomac, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 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 what follows is a struggle for survival, a test of faith, and the quest to find lasting love in an unforgiving wilderness.

©2011 Rita Gerlach (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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." (Amanda Cabot, author of Summer of Promise)
"Rita Gerlach has written a colorful historical with a feisty heroine on a search for survival, romance, and a place to belong." (Cynthia Hickey, author of the Summer Meadows mysteries)
"Ms. Gerlach's unique literary prose has once again captured my heart with a stirring tale of love and loss, desperation and hope during one of the most uncertain times in American History - the Revolutionary War. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!" (MaryLu Tyndall, author of Surrender the Dawn)
"A stirring story of love and its consequences, Before the Scarlet Dawn will draw you in from the start and not let you go again." (Roseanna M. White, author of Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland and Jewel of Persia)
"While reading Before the Scarlet Dawn, you'll travel back in time - and from England to Maryland - without ever leaving your easy chair! This is a big, beautiful, well-told story of love, faith, and the struggles of war that changed lives...and hearts. I can't wait to read the next book in this series!" (Loree Lough, best-selling author of more than 80 award-winning books, including reader favorite From Ashes to Honor)

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Deeply Disturbing

This book gives you a glimpse into an abusive marriage. A narcissistic, neglecting, emotionally abusive husband and a spineless doormat wife who worships the ground he walks on. This could be a good cautionary tale if the wife learned self respect and stood up for herself, however she never does. The only good thing about the story is that she goes to God with her problems and He is always with her. However, even this is concerning because is seems like the author is saying that godly women let themselves be abused. I want you to know that it is not godly to let yourself be abused. There was also no real resolution in the story. The ending is so vague that it is not happy.