Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Beyond the Valley by 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.
In the wilds of Maryland, Sarah endures the hardships of being indentured and the debasement of being a woman. In despair, she offers up faithful prayers that are answered. But Sarah's new life in the Colonies finds her surrounded by a family's whirlwind of secrets, while she hopes the young doctor she loveswill bring her freedom.
Wow! What a great book! That's what I felt when I finished this book. Sarah's husband drowns and when she reaches out to his family for help they have her kidnapped and sold into slavery. The author has introduced us to some of the meanest characters I've read about. Women are of no worth and are treated horribly. Their lives are filled with pain, physical and emotional. Rita was able to help bring healing and forgiveness to them. The day to day life she endures shows us what strength and character she has. Her trust is in God and He and her child are what gets her through.
Falling in love with a doctor that makes his rounds brings the possibility of freedom, hope, and love Sarah deserves. I loved this well written, adventurous story! 5 out of 5 stars!
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.