Reviewer: Kimberly Stephens
Title: Surrender the Wind
Author: Rita Gerlach
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Release Date: August 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Inspirational Fiction
Year/Setting: Colonial America and London
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Rita's Website: www.ritagerlach.com
Surrender the Wind is a feel good story, and is much like it's title suggests. It's about surrendering, not so much in the physical sense, but about surrendering yourself to a higher power and believing in that higher power to make thing right in your world. This story, about the Braxton family, is sweetly and richly told. It reminds the reader of a simpler time, a time when what really mattered was who you surrounded yourself with, and the importance of family. The hero of this story, Seth, is a man running from what he saw fighting for America's freedom from England during the Revolutionary war. As Seth is struggling to deal with his battle memories and the loss of his beloved father, he gets a missive from England. His grandfather has passed away and the family estate is his. Seth feels as if he must refuse it, yet once he sees a painting in the solicitors office, its almost as if the power of choice is taken from him and that he has no choice but to follow his heart or spend the rest of his life wondering about what might have been.
Upon Seth's arrival in England, he finds that things are not at all as they seem. First, his sister, Caroline is in the middle of a personal tragedy, that's sets a horrific series of events in place. These events are central to the plot; are totally believable, and leave you gasping in horror about how horrid humans can treat each other! In the midst of dealing with these tragic circumstances, he meets the woman who has haunted him since he first glimpsed her face in a painting, Juleah. Seth and Juleah are immediately drawn to each other. They begin to set the course of a lifetime of love and happiness. Yet, the same events that touched Caroline begin to encroach of Seth and Juleah's love and happiness. What happens next is much to central to the plot for me to reveal, but it grips the readers. Ms. Gerlach sets the stage, leaving you to try to guess whatís happening. It's written in a way that causes you to feel the characters pain, joys, and triumphs. Ms. Gerlach allows you to feel real emotions towards the characters; almost as it you are listening to a story that you're friends were telling you, and you can't wait to hear what happened, all while praying for a happy ending.
Surrender the Wind, is a sweet love story that focus on the emotions rather than the physical aspect of love. It starts off a little bit slow, but than picks up and captivates. Itís definitely a story I would recommend! It's one of those stories that just makes you feel good. It reminds you about whatís important in life, and how without it, you have very little, but with it you have and can handle everything!
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