Monday, August 24, 2009

"Surrender the Wind" Book Review and Giveaway!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Surrender The Wind

Abingdon Press (August 2009)


Rita Gerlach

This was a very interesting book to me. I loved the time period it was set in (post American Revolution) and the scenario (a patriot has to go to England to claim his inheritance and deal with all the hard feelings of the English there). There are a lot of elements to the storyline - mystery, murder, kidnapping, death, deception and love. But something about the book just didn't read smoothly to me. Like maybe there were too many elements to the book and so they weren't all able to develop fully. The romance between Seth and Juleah didn't develop it just happened as did the love story between Caroline and Michael Bray. I liked the overall book, it was really unique, the ending was great and can I just say that the cover is beautiful. A good historical romance from an era not much written about.
For a chance to win this book leave a comment telling me what intrigues you about this book. Be sure to leave an email address or you won't be entered. Good luck!


Rita Gerlach has published three historical novels plus articles in Writers Gazette, Write to Inspire, Will Write 4 Food, and The Christian Communicator.

She also is the editor of Stepping Stones Magazine, an online website focused on writing, marketing, and promotion for writers. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and The Western Maryland Writers Guild.

She currently lives in Frederick, Maryland. You can also visit her at her Blog


Seth Braxton, a patriot of the American Revolution, 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.

If you would like to read the Prologue of Surrender The Wind, go HERE

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The Home School Princess said...

What captured my interest in this book was the fact that it was set in the Post-Revolution era. I love historical fiction have mostly read Pioneer or Civil-War era novels, I do not think I have read one from this particular historical setting.

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Winning Readings said...

This is set in an interesting time-period - it's easy to forget that England and the US were at war once! I love historical fiction for all the history facts I can pick up. Looks like an interesting read.

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Keli Gwyn said...

I enjoy historicals and would be interested in this one because of the time period and the hero's conflict.

Anonymous said...

What intrigues me is the time period. The American Revolution has always interested me for some reason.
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Theresa N. said...

That it's right after the Revolutionary War appeals to me and I'm always interested in a mystery.
Theresa N

Lora Lease said...

I think I'd enjoy (or be intrigued... lol) the fact that it is historical fiction.

Carole said...

Ever since studying American history in high school, the American Revolution has been my favorite time period to read about. I appreciate your honest review and would love to read this book.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Katherine said...

I love the Revolutionary war time period. This book looks GREAT!


Winning Readings said...

Not an entry; just a note that I've posted about this at Winning Readings:

Dolphin Girl said...

The time period and cover are what are drawing me to this book. I would love to win! Thanks!

kccuties AT gmail DOT com

Jenny N. said...

I enjoy reading historicals especially romances and also the cover pic is eally nice.


mez said...

To claim an inheritance in England after the American Revolution makes for an intriguing setting. Of course, a little romance is always wonderful!


JenniferB said...

I love historical romances- this sounds like a great book. Would love to read it.

Cherie J said...

I am intrigued by the use of the Post American Revolution time period. It's not one that is done often so I find that exciting. Thanks for the chance to win what sounds like a wonderful book.


Anonymous said...

I love this era. I haven't read too many novel from this time period, so I'm looking forward to it.

ldneuhof at hotmail dot com

Diana D said...

My neighbor loves this era. If I could win this I would give it to her. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

Aik said...

I'm eager to uncover the mystery! I love reading historical fiction so please count me in! Thanks!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I love reading historical Christian fiction. This sounds like a very good plot.

Janna said...

And the winner is...

Dolphin Girl!