• Before the Scarlet Dawn

  • Daughters of the Potomac, Book 1
  • By: Rita Gerlach
  • Narrated by: Christine Marshall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (228 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.

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The story was all over the place.

I was unable to finish this book made it to chapter 29. There is no character development. I found them to be shallow characters with no drive other then love. The performance might have been better if I didn't feel that the book was too over the top.

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a picture of the emergence of grace and mercy

at first, I was dismayed by the dark storyline. However, by the end, I am so entirely captured that I have to hear the next book in the series! I just cannot stop now!

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so much not finished

I was surprised at how much was left up in the air at the end. I suppose that is because it is a series. I did enjoy the character looking to God for help.

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Sick abuse of a woman

The characters had no depth and it was all about a woman being verbally abused and taking it as her duty as a god fearing woman. It was just gross.

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A beautiful story

So many twist and turns you can’t put it down! You will feel what the charters are truly feeling

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A disappointing story. The narrator lacked the ability to give the characters life. There were no accents for the British characters and there was not much difference vocally from one character to another.

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A good story

this was a good story. made me frustrated and the husband was so stubborn. speed of the narrator couldn't be slowed down, so it was too fast for my liking. I know it must take a lot of time to narrate. I appreciate it.

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Awkward writing

The general plot was intriguing enough, but the characters are not relatable, the dialogue is clunky, the pacing is awkward, and the main character is extremely passive and whiny. While the conflict is reasonable enough, the expectations and arguments given by both sides of the argument are illogical and unrealistic. The story portrays an abusive, controlling relationship as the idealistic goal. The protagonist does nothing to propel the story forward or to change the circumstances around her—instead she just lets things happen to her throughout the whole story, and just sobs and cajoles to get her way or to escape any consequences. As to the performance, the reader talks really fast but after slowing the player to .9x sounds much better.

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Enjoyable Listen

I really enjoyed this story. It is the way I could imagine life was in the 1700’s. Even today there are people who believe they are Christians but the actions speak volumes. It is hard to be forgiving if you don’t understand God’s forgiveness.