Coming Soon from the Pen: Please Welcome Historical Author Rita Gerlach!

Genres: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

At last comes the novel readers have been waiting for…

Book 1 in the long awaited Daughters of the Potomac Series by author Rita Gerlach.

Readers will grow attached to heroine Eliza Morgan, as she faces the hardships of colonial life when she leaves behind all she has in order to follow her heart and the man she loves into the Maryland wilderness.

What is the one thing that you want to leave readers of Before the Scarlet Dawn pondering over?

That the words to that beautiful song by Rogers and Hammerstein,  ‘You’ll never walk alone’ are so true.  Take one day at a time, and have faith that God is directing your path, that He will work in the lives of others to help you through the darkest hours. Also to forgive those that have hurt you, and to seek the forgiveness of those you have hurt.


Please tell us about your next planned project.

A new chapter is about to turn in my writing life that I am very excited about. I’m looking forward to writing an Edwardian series.  I am currently working on the proposal, and I’ve started a notebook. Lots of ideas jotted down. I saw a film not long ago from 1905 that enthralled me, and I became highly motivated to delve into this era. Also I am revising three historical novels that I had previously published years ago, that are out of print, in hopes of having them reissued. I have readers asking for them.


Before the Scarlet Dawn

On a windswept night in April of 1775, Eliza sat at her father’s bedside hoping he would recover. Forced to leave the home she grew up in, Eliza grows desperate. She could marry her former suitor, but cannot bear the thought of a loveless marriage.

Instead she falls in love with Hayward Morgan, the condescending son of a landed gentleman. When Eliza learns of his plans to leave England and build a life in the Maryland frontier, she decides to present a proposal of her own.


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Book 2 ~ Beside Two Rivers ~ Fall, 2012

(The story of Eliza’s daughter, Darcy)

Book 3 ~ Beyond the Valley ~ Spring 2013

(Sarah, an indentured servant’s story)


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