Mistaken identity, dashing gentlemen, and mysterious figures in the night -- Rita Gerlach's Beside Two Rivers has it all in the second installment of the Daughters of the Potomac Series. The novel's heroine, Darcy Morgan, lives peacefully in early19th century Maryland, until she meets Ethan Brennan. Her life is suddenly thrown into chaos as she begins to uncover secrets from her mysterious past deep within England’s misty moors. The book unfolds as a romance, a mystery, a travelogue, and a saga.
Although God is largely a passive character in the novel, Gerlach uses themes of jealousy, love and forgiveness to show how faith can be lived out daily. For the first half of the novel, which mirrors the classic Pride and Prejudice, the characters are undeveloped and some situations are unrealistic. However, during the second half the characters develop a new depth and the reader is pulled in to the story. With its integration of biblical themes and a romantic plotline, this novel would be enjoyed by teen girls from all walks of life. – Jessica Keys, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
In this dramatic saga that began in Before the Scarlet Dawn, Eliza's daughter seeks to unravel a lifetime of memories and the absence of her parents, unaware that the young Englishman who loves her holds the answers. Her search takes her far from her beloved home along the Potomac, to a manor house in faraway England. Soon the secrets of the past slowly rise to the surface. Will she be reunited with the most important people in her life? Will Hayward and Eliza find peace and reconciliation? Will Darcy's faith sustain her to make the difficult choices? Will the love she and Ethan share endure?