Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Book Review - BEFORE THE SCARLET DAWN by Rita Gerlach
I am loving this book, having a hard time putting it down--but I have to put it down long enough tell you about what I've read so far.
The year is 1775. There's this pretty girl, see, the daughter of a vicar in England, Eliza Bloome. Respectable, but not exactly an heiress. Then there's this guy she's had a thing for since childhood--Hayward Morgan. Son of landed gentry. They've got a lady picked out for him, Lilith Marsden.
Well, Hayward is all in favor of Lilith. But he's also in favor of moving to America. He has a piece of land and a home there. And Lilith? Well, frankly, she'd love to marry him. IF he'd stay in England on his father's property. She has no interest in the colonies.
Eliza accidentally hears the conversation between the two and Lilith's refusal to go with Hayward. When Hayward discovers Eliza sitting in the darkness in the same hallway, she tells him Lilith is not worthy of him. That if Lilith loved him she would go anywhere with him.
Boldly, Eliza tells him she loves him and he should marry her, that she would go with him anywhere.
And thus begins her journey to Virginia. She's plunged into colonial life at the beginning of the Revolution with a man who doesn't love her, among colonial women who disdain her, and in the midst of wild Indians.
And now you know as much as I do. You should buy the book, and we'll find out together how she makes the best of this fearful situation. The book is available in e-book or paperback from Christianbook, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobel.