Surrender the Wind

By Rita Gerlach Published
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An epic novel of Love and Betrayal

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.


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4 Star Review from Romantic Times Magazine
"This novel set after the American Revolution has something for everyone:  romance, mystery, comedy and intrigue.  The descriptions of the estate, church grounds an characters especially Seth and Juleh, help bring this novel to life.  The writing is so vivid you'll even be able to hear the horse's hoofs and people's voices."~ Cheryl Hanson Romantic Times Magazine
"Seth fell in love with Juleah from a painting he'd seen at her uncle's house in America.  When he interits his grandfathere's English estate, he has no notion that claiming his inheritance and seeking out his sister who was removed from America on the eve of the revolution will not only bring him into contact with Juleah, but plunge him into a whirlwind of danger, kidnapping and murder.  Will Seth be able to save those he loves from the forces gathering around them or is it already too late. A plot-driven historical novel that takes the reader into vortex of danger and betrayal and holds the reader hostage to an ever deepening plot until the satisfying conclusion." ~ Carolyn R. Scheidies ~ Author's Choice Reviews

"Wow, I just read Rita Gerlach's first chapter of Surrender the Wind!  I was completely drawn into the story.  So much emotion, so much depth of character in those few pages.  I can't wait to read the rest!!  Good job, Rita!" ~ Marylu Tyndall, author of The Red Siren: Charles Towne Belle Series
"Surrender the Wind portrays a haunting world of passion, deceit, and betrayal redeemed by unwavering faith and love that will not be denied." ~ J.M. Hochstetler author of, The American Patriot Series
"As much as I enjoyed getting to know the hero/heroine, what I like most about Rita Gerlach's writing is her characterization of secondary characters.  Sir Henry is the heronine's father, and though he plays a small but significant part in the story, I looked for scenes that included him.  His off-the-wall antics and dialogue are due to dementia, which gives one a certain sympathy for the old fellow, but nonetheless are pretty humorous." read full review ~ Michelle Griep of Novel Journey
"Rita Gerlach has smitten me with the first chapter of her newest novel, Surrender the Wind With the tone and dialogue of the times along with the taunt Dickens-style phrasing, she instantly captures her characters, and just as quickly you either like them or you don't.  Her imagery is breattaking"  'The quill scratched over the parchment.  Mingled with the resonance of tapping vines outside the window and the crackling fire, the sound dominated.' Every page reels in the reader.  I impatiently wait to read the complete novel when Abingdon Press reeleases it in August." ~ Bonnie Toes, author of Treason & Triumph

"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

"Surrender the Wind, by Rita Gerlach is a must read for everyone who enjoys historical romance fiction.  Seth Braxton returns to England after suffering the harrowing duty of war to learn he has inherited an estate.  Seth falls in love with both the estate and Juleah Fallowes.  However, problems with the land and the people from their past causes hardships that try their faith. Ms. Gerlach's beautiful prose kept my mind in England at Ten Width as I cheered for the characters and their triumphs and cried with them at their losses.  This author has to be one of the best I've read in a long time!  I will definately be looking for more of her books!" ~ Jan Crow of Katy's Budget Books in Houston and Katy, TX
"When a patriot of the American Revolution inherits his grandfather's estate in England, he inherits more than a crumbling manor house." ~ Lena Nelson Dooley Newsletter
"Surrender the Wind is a good read, and though at times, all seems to be lost, the characters' strength and faith keep them going.  Discussion questions are included at the end of the book." ~ Laura - A Romance Review
"When American patriot Seth Braxton travels to Devonshire, England, to claim Ten Width, the estate his grandfather left him, he falls in love with his sister's best friend, the beautiful and independent spirited Juleah, but terrible happenings interfere with their happy-ever-after ending.  Can Seth and Juleah survive Darden's sinister plotting?  The state is set, and Surrender the Wind is everything the author promises it will be." ~ Bonnie Toews Winner of the SSMW Award and author of Treason & Triumph"
"Surrender the Wind, is a sweet love story that focuses on the emotions rather than the physical aspect of love.  It's definitely a story that I would recommend!  It's one of those stories that just makes you feel good.  It reminds you about what's important in life, and how without it, you have very little, but with it you have and can handle everything! ~ Kimberly Stephens, Once Upon A Romance's Review
"Author Rita Gerlach is a new-to-me author, and I loved this book.  I was tranported away to a time of manor homes, horse and carriages, adn faithful servants. The English countryside grew before my eyes as Rita skillfully detailed the surroundings.
If you haven't watched the book trailer, please watch it!  The book is every bit as good and intriguing as the trailer says it is!
To me, Surrender the Wind is not only seth's story but also his sister Caroline's story.  Both of them along with Juleah are wonderfully developed characters.  I'm hoping that the author plans to continue the Braxton family story now that they live in America.  

If you enjoy historical fiction, I have to give this book a definite thumbs up to put on your reading list!" ~ Kara S. of
"The language and imagery in this book is enough to have me craving for more from author, Rita Gerlach.  The interweaving of the characters past, present and future is beautiful and believable.  I loved the main character and it was so good to have a book that followed a man's point of view instead of a woman." ~ Cherryblossom - Christian Bookworm Reviews
"Revolutionary War veteran Seth Braxton loses his father in America and his grandfather in England, thus inheriting estates in both lands.  Although he does not want his English manor, Seth travels there to reunite with a younger sister, who lived with his grandfather.  Seth quickly falls for his sister's friend, Juleah, and they marry.  But an old flame of Juleah's kidnaps her and ships her to America, covering his tracks by burning down Seth's home.  Believing Juleah dead, Seth goes back to Virginia where he discovers her alive.  The couple returns to England where Juleah is kidnapped again by the same villiam and Seth comes to her rescue."  ~ Patricia O'Sullivan Historical Novel Review

About the Author

Rita Gerlach

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. She was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in a large family in the Maryland suburbs.In many of her stories, she writes about the struggles endured by early colonists with a sprinkling of both American and English history. Her genre - Inspirational Historical Romance / Drama. Visit Rita's website at