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Beside Two Rivers (Daughters of the Potomac #2)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  200 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
A tale of love won and love lost, and the faith to find it again. From the banks of the Potomac to the misty moors of England, Darcy follows a path where the secrets of the past slowly rise to the surface in this dramatic saga that began in Before the Scarlet Dawn. She meets Ethan Brennan, an aspiring English horse breeder, who embraces her independent spirit and marvels ...more
Paperback, 321 pages
Published September 2012 by Abingdon Press
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MaryLu Tyndall
Jun 03, 2012 MaryLu Tyndall rated it it was amazing
Beside Two Rivers stirred me like no other book has. Rita Gerlach has a epic style to her writing that is guaranteed to sweep you away to another place and time. With a deeply emotional storyline, characters of uncommon depth, heart-throbbing romance, and the boundless love of family lost and regained, this is truly a magnificent novel!
Margaret Chind
Dec 14, 2012 Margaret Chind rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Margaret by: Colonial Quills

It is one of those things that makes me think to myself, I wonder why I am surprised. When I first started this book as a PDF ARC, I got over 64% within one reading, much like with it's predecessor Before the Scarlet Dawn where I had read 50% of that one in one sitting. However in this case, I read and did not sleep that night, oh wait - that's what happened then too! . It's just too good. There is just too much to walk away from. I just have to turn the page. The only way that I got myself to s
Rambling Readers
Jul 22, 2012 Rambling Readers rated it liked it
Beside Two Rivers is the anticipated sequel to Rita Gerlach's bittersweet novel Before the Scarlet Dawn. I was drawn into the plot of Before the Scarlet Dawn, and was anxious to read the continuing story in Gerlach's latest book. Beside Two Rivers picks up several years later. Darcy Morgan has grown up, sadly without the presence of her mother or father. As she discovers the truth of her childhood, the reader is reminded of the heartbreak faced by Hayward and Eliza Morgan in the first novel.

Sep 30, 2012 Naomi rated it really liked it
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My opinion: I have to be honest I was immediately sucked into the first book of this saga, Before the Scarlet Dawn and couldn't put it down. I wasn't as entranced with the characters or the storyline as before. However, Beside Two Rivers continues to have Ms. Gerlach's excellent writing and character development. Furthermore, Ms. Gerlach is a master at laying out a storyline slowly which come to stunning conclusions. I just would have liked to have been
Julia Reffner
Jun 18, 2012 Julia Reffner rated it really liked it
Beautifully descriptive and well-researched historical for fans of Colonial fiction. Highly recommended.
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Darcy has a happy life living with her Uncle and his family. They treat her as if she is one of the family. She loves her home near the Potomac. She has a free spirit and loves to explore her home.

Things change when the family is invited to attend a party at a neighboring estate. She meets the handsome gentleman from England, Ethan Brennan. Her heart is captured. An adventure awaits that will take her into danger and be reunited with those she has lost.

I loved this story. I didn't read the first
Nov 08, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Can the secrets from the past lead to love and forgiveness?

In the second book of the Daughters of the Potomac series: Beside Two Rivers, the story picks where it left off in book one, Before the Scarlet Dawn, where the reader is reintroduced to Eliza and Hayward Morgan's daughter Darcy, who is now twenty years old. Set in the post Revolutionary War period of 1797, in Potomac Heights, Maryland, Darcy has been living with the Breese family: Uncle Will, Aunt Mari and their five daughters, since her
Victor Gentile
Mar 20, 2013 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Rita Gerlach in her new book, “Beside Two Rivers” Book Two in The Daughters of the Potomac Series published by Abingdon Press takes us into the lives of Darcy Morgan and Ethan Brennan.

From the back cover: A tale of love won and love lost, and the faith to find it again.

In this dramatic saga that began in “Before The Scarlet Dawn”, Eliza’s daughter, Darcy, follows a path where the secrets of the past slowly rise to the surface. Along the path, she meets Ethan Brennan, an aspiring English horse br
Nov 09, 2012 Patty rated it it was ok
This is the second installment of a trilogy in which I did not read the first - Before the Scarlet Dawn. I do have the first in my Kindle app so I might or might not read it some day. In this volume we meet Darcy Morgan, daughter of the protagonists of the first book - Eliza and Hayward Morgan. Darcy is a very free spirited girl - usually found walking along the rivers she loves and generally getting into trouble. A bit forward for her time as she is often off alone and in the company of young ...more
Nov 14, 2012 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Rita Gerlach is the best of historical fiction writers who gives us a slice of Americana and inspirational story together. She is a wonderful author of human relationships, and she's a solid storyteller. Her books simply wrap me up from the first sentence and keep me reading far into the night. I've come to love the characters she's invented in "The Daughters of the Potomac" series, as well as their great attachment to our country in its early years. Her knowledge and application of scripture ...more
Nov 30, 2012 Stacie rated it liked it
I have received and read this book as part of the Virtual Blog Tour with Pump Up Your Book. As with any book in a series, you appreciate the characters and their stories more if you have read the books together rather than as a stand alone. This book will also be much more enjoyable if you know the history from Book One first. I am certainly glad I read BEFORE THE SCARLET DAWN, but this book would still be enjoyable without reading it.

In BESIDE TWO RIVERS, the story begins with Darcy, the daugh
Mar 15, 2013 Annette rated it really liked it
When Beside Two Rivers begins it is 1797 Potomac Heights, Maryland. We are introduced to a young woman named Darcy Morgan who is the princple character in Beside Two Rivers. She's the daughter of Hayward and Eliza Morgan. This couple was the main characters in book one Before The Scarlet Dawn. Since she was a young girl Darcy's been living with her aunt and uncle and their daughters. Her father moved west. Darcy was told her mother died. Darcy is a wise and prudent person, unafraid of ha
Beside Two Rivers is the second book in the Daughters of the Potomac series. While Beside Two Rivers was good and enjoyable, there was something about it that just didn't wow me like Before the Scarlet Dawn, the first book in the series.

Unlike the first book, which kept me turning pages late into the night, Beside Two Rivers was one that I had no problem putting down. Where the first book had an unexpected ending, this book's ending was a bit rushed and just a little too neat and perfect. There
Nov 25, 2012 Melanie rated it liked it
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3.5 stars

After reading Before the Scarlet Dawn (book one) earlier this year, I was a little nervous about reading Beside Two Rivers. While I really enjoyed book one, the ending was SO sad and I didn't know if I could take a repeat of that in this book. While there were some sad moments, overall I was happy with Beside Two Rivers and found it enjoyable to read.

A negative I had with
Author: Rita Gerlach
Published By: Abingdon Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5


"Beside Two Rivers" by Rita Gerlach was a wonderful story of love and forgiveness. This wonderful story took place in England and Maryland just after the Revolutionary War. This novel is a series book...only adding to how good the other novels have been. Ms. Gerlach presents such wonderful writings and her characters are off the chart..good....well driven...making this a gr
Maureen Timerman
Oct 31, 2012 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing
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Beside Two Rivers is a story of love and forgiveness. The time period is just after the Revolutionary War, and takes place in Maryland and England.
Although this is the second book in this series, one does not have had to of read to the first to enjoy this one, however, I highly recommend you do.
I loved the way Uncle Will and Aunt Mari treated Darcy as one of their own, and made her feel like she was their daughter. Darcy though, has always wondered why her father left her, and never came back?
Dec 06, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
I tend to enjoy historical settings in a novel and definitely appreciate what can be best described as ‘clean romance.’ Beside Two Rivers fits in both categories and does a wonderful job painting a picture of life in a time not too long after the American Revolution. While this is book 2 in a series, there was no feeling that you had to have read the first book to enjoy the second.
Overall, the story was engaging and you started to root for those who love Darcy and had made choices they thought w
Mary J
Apr 09, 2013 Mary J rated it really liked it
I liked reading this second novel in this series. I knew from reading the first that a second installment was needed. The characters were too cut off from each other to finialize this story. There were some surprises I found that were unexpected. I was amaze how Hayward was so remorseful to how he treated Eliza. I wish the author would of explored how Hayward reached this decision to forgive or realize how Eliza was taken advantage of while she grieved over his (though to be) loss.
I liked Darcy'
Jan 14, 2013 Maritza rated it it was amazing I read the first book and loved it so much and felt disappointed and found the ending was lacking...and I felt,it was left unfinished.....I was silently screaming for some kind of resolution, a small epilogue, something! Then I found there was a second book, (this one of course) and let me say....Could.Not.Put.It.Down! This book is perfect! Darcy and Ethan's story is adorable! I doubted at first when I began to read that it was mostly about Darcy, Hayward and Eliza's daughter, all grown ...more
Feb 01, 2015 Christy rated it really liked it
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I'm not sure it's possible to be completely happy after reading a Rita Gerlach book; this having been my third read by her; and I'm still somewhat in amazement. This book is filled with moments of gladness and many more of sadness. Oh, poor Hayward serves as an example to us all of where a bitter and unforgiving heart can lead us; even though we may find our way in the end; at what cost to all those around us. Rita weaved a murky tale full of anxiety and a rush to find happiness. I'm still drawn ...more
Nov 28, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
A 3 1/2 stars would be a more accurate rating of this book, but since I don't do half stars, I rounded up ;-)

The first book in this series wasn't a "happily ever after" kind of book. It had many ups and downs, and then ended on a very depressing down. I know people had mixed feelings about this book--and I did, too, but decided to take the plunge and try out the next book in the series. While it kind of stuck to the trend of the previous book (lots of ups and downs), it was still a nice read. I
Nov 08, 2015 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing sequel

At the end of book 1, I was a little upset. I was sad. I like story lines that are truly finished. I did not feel like the story was done. When book 2 started 20 years later, I was even more confused. However, Beside Two Rivers made me happy, without being sugarcoated or sappy. The book has tremendous depth without being heavy or gloomy. I am not a great review writer but I would recommend this book to fans of historical fiction, especially Revolutionary War historicals.
Apr 13, 2013 Jennah rated it it was amazing
This book had a bittersweet ending. Darcy finally got to be reunited with her mother and father and both of her parents forgave each other, but he died shortly after. I say it is bittersweet because both Eliza (mother) and Hayward (father)could've lived a "happily ever after" if hayward would've just forgiven Eliza. But God used this trial to to bring Hayward to Jesus Christ and Darcy found her true love.
Mary Bronson
Nov 01, 2013 Mary Bronson rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a great book! I really enjoyed reading it. I loved the plot and the characters. I loved Darcy and Ethan as characters. They have a great love story. This makes one true love story because most of the time there are heartbreaks and sorrows before two people can have a happy ending. I was a little shocked about the new challenge Darcy has to go through, but at least she has the love and support she needs. I can not wait to read the next book.
Mar 31, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
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Mar 02, 2013 Kandra rated it it was ok
The previous book in the series, Before the Scarlet Dawn, was more heartbreaking, more unsatisfying, but was nevertheless a better book. This one, even though it answered some screaming questions from the previous book, had an insipid plot, disconnected scenes and trite, flat characters. Frankly, it made me tired and I was glad when it was over.
Jun 24, 2013 Jonna rated it it was amazing
Enjoying this book immensely thus far...great escape romance....:) Finished it today (6/24) and I must say I quite enjoyed this book. The author has written a trilogy so I will definitely be adding her other two on my "must read" list. It's a great romance set in 1797 and takes place on the shores of Maryland and also England. Great characters and a great story. A good read!
Phiona Macrae
Oct 28, 2013 Phiona Macrae rated it liked it
Beside Two Rivers carries on the struggles and the effects of carrying hatred in our hearts, without forgiveness from book one of the series. While never feeling 'preachy', we are reminded how important forgiveness and compassion are to not only ourselves, but those around us.
Melmac MacDonald
Oct 19, 2013 Melmac MacDonald rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it. I wish this series didn't skip generations with each new book. Good characterization.
Feb 20, 2013 Steph rated it liked it
Wasn't really impressed with the first, but I tried this one. It is as underwhelming at the first.
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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.

"Inspirational romantic 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
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Other Books in the Series

Daughters of the Potomac (3 books)
  • Before the Scarlet Dawn (Daughters of the Potomac, #1)
  • Beyond the Valley (Daughters of the Potomac, #3)

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