Surrender the Wind is the story of Seth Braxton, a patriot of the American Revolution, who unexpectedly inherits his loyalist grandfather’s estate in England. Seth is torn between the land he fought for and the prospect of reuniting with his sister Caroline, who was a motherless child taken to England at the onset of the war.
With no intention of staying permanently, Seth arrives to find his sister grieving over the death of her young son. In the midst of such tragedy, Seth meets Juleah, the daughter of an eccentric landed gentleman. Her independent spirit and gentle soul steal Seth’s heart. After a brief courtship, they marry and she takes her place as the lady of Ten Width Manor, enraging the man who once sought her hand and schemed to make Ten Width his own.
From the Virginia wilderness to the dark halls of an isolated English estate, Seth and his beloved Juleah inherit more than an ancestral home. They uncover a sinister plot that leads to murder, abduction, and betrayal--an ominous threat to their new life, love, and faith.
"It's a beautifully written story that leavees no doubt in my mind that you are an author who should be publised. I am purely a romance reader, and yet you hooked me in with a war scene, of all things!!! :) I would have never believed it. You set the mood beautifully and have a clean, strong, lyrical way with words. I can clearly see why this would appeal to both men and women. You have done your research well enough to transport me back to the war-torn period of Colonial times." ~ Julie Lessman, author of The Daughters of Boston series
"I especially like the title - Surrender the Wind. Wow, it's one of those that sweeps you up before you even see the cover." ~ Sharlene MacLauren, author of Little Hickman Creek series and Long Journey Home
"Your first page hooked me! It's a fantastic story, and I'm anxious to read the book. It also made me envious... of your style and the vivid descriptions you so aptly fling throughout the story." Aileen R. Bennett, author of The Annie Chase Story
"I have been glued to your ms. The style hooked me immediately; the phrasing is delicious, and the words totally lyrical. The characters are believable, well defined and consistently true to their personalities. Oh, and the variety and use of verbs had me squirming with envy. I'm already into Seth's divided loyalties, and I particularly like the way you handled his emotions in the 'killing scene'". ~ Peggy Griffin
"It has a fascinating historical basis, already a main character I like, and what he's walking into is intriguing as well as dangerous. I want to know how he deals with not only the war, but with the woman he will meet and the man who will attempt to deter him." ~ Teresa Cutler, author of A Dream That Keeps Returning: Travels in the Italian Sun
"I was instantly transported to the world of the American patriot, Seth Braxton, and his struggle whether or not to return to England. Rita Gerlach's vivid descriptions and fast-paced action keep one turning the pages. I cannot wait for it (Surrender the Wind) to be published, so I can read the final version." ~ Golden Keyes Parsons, author of The Shadow of the Sun King
"Surrender the Wind is a gripping tale of intrigue that kept me turning pages long after I should have turned out the lights. I found the characters believable and well-rounded, their dialogue vividly realistic. The pace quickens chapter by chapter as one story twist after another is revealed. Historically accurate, the reader is drawn into the detailed descriptions of English life. Expect the unexpected with this inspirational tale of romance and history." ~ Mirella Patzer of Historical Novel Review
"Normally my reading preferences lean toward contemporary, but I was excited to read fellow Abingdon press author Rita Gerlach's historical romance, Surrender the Wind. Rita does an excellent job of bringing the post-Revolutionary War era to life. Her characterizations are engaging, and the story is a true page-turner. The book tells fo the romance between patriot Seth Braxton and the beautiful Juleah, adaugher of an English gentleman. The fun is seeing how Rita Gerlach brings it all about. Well done, Rita!" ~ Myra Johnson author of One Imperfect Christmas
"Surrender the Wind pulls you into a time period when life for even the gentry was hard and unforgiving. Rita kept the story moving and this reader turning pages. Once the book comes out in its final form, I know it will find its way into the hearts of historical fiction lovers." read the full review ~ Susan Reinhardt Christian Writer/ Reader Connecton
"Surrender the Wind is the first book I've read by Ms. Gerlach. I thought this might be her debut novel, but upon some investigation I find she has three previious novels published. The plot is well thought out with plenty of conflict and tension to keep the pages turning.
The conversaton between all the characters is a bit stilted, but that might be how peopled talked during the early days of our country. The setting is expertly described so much that I could feel the drafts and the chill in some of the scenes. I couldn't help but care for Set, his sister Caroline and Juleah, as well as some secondary characters. There are heartbreaking moments so be sure to read this book with a box of tissues close by." read the full review ~ Laura Hilton, Christian Bookworm Reviews
If you enjoy historical fiction, I have to give this book a definite thumbs up to put on your reading list!" ~ Kara S. of Ramblings-n-Writings.com