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Surrender the Wind

Tekijä: Rita Gerlach

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Surrender the Wind is the story of Seth Braxton, a patriot of the American Revolution, who 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.… (lisätietoja)
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The story starts during the Revolutionary War, with patriot Seth Braxton narrowly escaping death. Things are rapidly set up for him to inherit his grandfather's estate in England. Against his better judgment he sets off to Ten Width, the ancestral home. He comes to find his sister, Caroline gravely ill and grieving for her dead son. In attendance is also the lovely Juleah. Although promised to another, she and Seth quickly fall in love and are married. But happiness isn't going to be easy, and things aren't always what they seem. With murder and kidnapping, broken hearts and betrayal, Rita Gerland creates a Gothic-flavored suspenseful romance.
Seth is a well-developed character. He reacts to things as a person would, and is much more than a love-struck heir with more money and land than he ever expected. He faces prejudice and incompetence, love and acceptance without being overwritten. The same could be said for Juleah. She is rather eccentric for the times, in that she speaks her mind and marries for love rather than for obligation. She does it all in a way that doesn't make her seem ill-fit for the times.
In a way, it felt like reading a Georgian soap opera. There were twists and turns, some more predictable than others, and a whole cast of well-developed characters. The story didn't dwell on any one event for a long time, but constantly weaved the story lines from the different characters' perspectives together. Gerland uses a lot of adjectives in her writing, and they sometimes felt a bit forced or repetitive... but overall, this is a wonderful book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. ( )
  Radella | Jul 3, 2011 |
NCLA Review - American Revolutionary soldier, Seth Braxton, is free to return to his Virginia home and begin a new life. News of his grandfather’s death sends him to England to accept his inheritance of the family estate. Reunited with his younger sister who was sent to England for safety during the war years, he meets her friend, Juleah, and immediately falls in love. A story of mystery, intrigue and murder unfolds, eventually coming together with a fairy-tale ending. The story however, seems too contrived with too many improbable coincidences, even for fiction. A religious theme runs throughout the story. God-fearing characters, compassionate and forgiving, recognize that whatever happens they must “take heart, for they are never alone. Surrender the wind into His loving hands.” Rating: 3 —CRP ( )
  ncla | Jul 3, 2010 |
The language and imagery in this book is enough to have me craving for more from author Rita Gerlach. The one downfall to this book was that I felt that things went so fast and there was not always enough depth as I would like, but with a 400 page book and so many things happening, one can only fit in so many words. Bringing forth the best of an English native land as well as a post-Revolutionary America hosts an exciting setting for this story of romance, betrayal, heart break, and adventure. The interweaving of the characters past, present, and future is beautiful and believable. I loved the main character and it was so good to have a book that followed a man's point of view for once instead of a woman. I am really excited about the new publishing house of Abingdon Press and this cover is absolutely to die for! ( )
  cherryblossommj | Dec 14, 2009 |
The language and imagery in this book is enough to have me craving for more from author Rita Gerlach. The one downfall to this book was that I felt that things went so fast and there was not always enough depth as I would like, but with a 400 page book and so many things happening, one can only fit in so many words. Bringing forth the best of an English native land as well as a post-Revolutionary America hosts an exciting setting for this story of romance, betrayal, heart break, and adventure. The interweaving of the characters past, present, and future is beautiful and believable. I loved the main character and it was so good to have a book that followed a man's point of view for once instead of a woman. I am really excited about the new publishing house of Abingdon Press and this cover is absolutely to die for! ( )
  cherryblossommj | Dec 14, 2009 |
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Surrender the Wind is the story of Seth Braxton, a patriot of the American Revolution, who 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.

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