Surrender the Wind . . .

A quick~match tale of unexpected love . . .

A fuse that burned rapidly …

In Bookstores Everywhere! After a harrowing escape from the British, patriot Seth Braxton finds his father dead at Yorktown. Now battle scarred and grieving, he endeavors  to settle down for a peaceful life along the shores of the Potomac by restoring the land his father loved.

Thinking he will forever stay in the secluded wilderness, he receives a message that he has inherited his grandfather’s estate in faraway England. Seth is torn between the land he’s fought for and the prospect of reuniting with his sister, Caroline, who was a motherless child at the onset of the Revolution, taken to England in order to spare her the horrors of war.

With no intention of making his stay at Ten Width permanent, he journeys to England to do his duty. When he arrives, he finds his sister in the throes of grief after being told her young son has died of a fever. In the midst of so much tragedy, he meets Juleah, the daughter of an eccentric landed gentleman. Her independent spirit and gentle soul steal his heart, and she becomes his wife and lady of the manor, enraging the man who once sought her hand and hoped Ten Width would be his own.

From the Virginia wilderness, to the dark halls of an isolated English estate, Seth inherits more than a crumbling ancestral home. He uncovers a sinister plot that leads to murder, abduction, and betrayal — an ominous mix that threatens to destroy his new life and new love.

Want to read the Prologue and Chapter One?

Click on this link for the pdf and satisfy your curiosity.

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. Her fourth book Surrender the Wind, an inspirational historical romance set in Virginia and England, released from Abingdon Press in August 2009. “Romantic historical fiction is one way people can escape the cares of life and be transported back to a time of raw courage and ideal love,” she says. “The goal of my writing is to give readers a respite, and inspire them to live fully and gratefully.”

You can find Rita at:

Stepping Stones Magazines for Writers and Readers: DON’T MISS THIS BLOG! Rita is an amazing source of information. especially when it comes to marketing ideas. She not only shares ideas, she shares the “how to” of making an idea–like a book trailer–possible.

INSPIRE: The Musings of an Historical Fiction Writer: This is Rita’s musings as a writer. The pictures here are lovely!

Surrender the Wind: A Romantic Getaway: Read endorsements of her novel here.


By mid-July, the first print run of Surrender the Wind sold out before its offical release on August 1. Now in its second printing, Surrender the Wind is receiving excellent reviews. Check out the podcast interview with Rita on August 15, conducted by Rhonda Clark of  The Inkwell.

There are some heartbreaking moments, so be sure to read this book with a box of tissues nearby. Laura Hilton ~ Book Reviewer

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 got to be one of the best I’ve read in a long time. I will definitely be looking for more of her books! Jan ~ Katy Bookstore

Also recommended this month in ‘British Missives’ newsletter by Therese Stenzel

Mentioned in the February issue of Publishers Weekly: Abingdon’s new fiction line coming fall 2009


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