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Beyond the Valley (Daughters of the Potomac #3)

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  75 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
When Sarah Carr's husband Jamie drowns, her young life is shattered and takes a turn that she never expected. Pregnant and now widowed, she reaches out to Jamie's family for help but they are unwilling. Instead they devise a plan to have her kidnapped and taken to the Colonies to live a life of servitude. Sarah's new life in the Colonies finds her surrounded by a family's ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published February 2013 by Abingdon Press
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Jan 02, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it
Beyond The Valley was very good and probably my favorite book of the series. I loved how we got to see things that had happened in book one from Sarah's perspective and learned more of her story (which was so sad and heartbreaking!); but, unlike the first book, this one left me happy and not disappointed.

I loved the characters and story of lasting love that will continue to hold out hope for someone, even if it seems like they are never coming back for you. I also liked how I never knew what was
Emilie Hendryx
Mar 23, 2013 Emilie Hendryx rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copy
Beyond the Valley is the third book in The Daughters of the Potomac Series by Rita Gerlach. I'll be honest and say I wasn't sure what to expect - not because of the book itself, but because it was Book 3 and I hadn't read any of the previous books. Maybe to you this isn't a big deal, but growing up with my mom as my "book mentor" it is next to sin to read books out of order in a series ;)

I forged ahead though (sorry mom), and was so glad I did! Rita made the transition for a 'new' reader like m
Apr 23, 2015 Jenark rated it it was amazing
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Feb 28, 2014 Darlene rated it really liked it
Beyond the Valley by Rita Gerlach is the third book in The Daughters of the Potomac series with Before the Scarlet Dawn (my review) being the first and Beside Two Rivers (my review) being the second in this fantastic Christian series. I knew from the first book I read that this would be a series I would follow and I’m so glad I have. Rita Gerlach has a way with her stories that fully draws you into her character’s lives and what’s happening to them. You care about them, you shed a few tears with ...more
Anne Campbell
Mar 20, 2013 Anne Campbell rated it it was amazing
I loved the way Rita wound the thread in Beyond the Valley so skillfully in and around the fabric of the rest of the Daughers of the Potomac Series. Great job!

When her husband tries to salvage goods from a shipwreck on the Cornish coast, Sarah Carr finds herself a widow with a baby on the way and no means of support. Her husband told her if anything ever happened to him she must go to his sister and her husband.

Perhaps not the best advice. The sister is only interested in unpaid help. The siste
Mar 29, 2013 TAMMY CUEVAS rated it liked it
Sarah Carr is a young, pregnant widow from Cornwall when her brother-in-law has her kidnapped and sold into indentured servitude in the Colonies. After enduring the humiliation of being sold on the auction block, she sees hope for her future in the love of a handsome young doctor. But things go from bad to worse, and Sarah and Alex are torn apart. Through every situation, she never gives up on Alex, or on God.

Do not start this book until you have time to read it through. This is not a book you c
Kathleen L. Maher
Apr 11, 2013 Kathleen L. Maher rated it really liked it
Rita is a new author to me. I have heard raves about earlier works,and was eager to delve into her newest, Beyond the Valley. I was enchanted by her imaginative story world, her solid grasp of history, and characters who plummet the heart to the depths of crushing devastation and then raise it again to heights of beautiful redemption.
Sarah Carr is one of the most long suffering heroines I have ever spent time with. Right on the first page tragedy strikes with the death of her husband, and the c
Victor Gentile
Apr 02, 2013 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Rita Gerlach in her new book, “Beyond The Valley” Book Three in The Daughters of the Potomac Series published by Abingdon Press takes us into the life of Sarah Carr.

From the back cover: Searching for hope on the Maryland frontier.

When Sarah Carr’s husband, Jamie, drowns, her young life is shattered and takes a turn she never expected. When she reaches out to Jamie’s family for help, they devise a plan to have her kidnapped and taken to the Colonies to live a life of servitude.

Sarah endures the h
Maureen Timerman
Feb 25, 2013 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Sarah Carr is a character that you surely would not want to walk in her shoes. Through all that happens to her, she holds on to her faith in God.
She is widowed, when her husband Jamie is drowned. She is now all alone in Cornwall England, and her husband had told her to seek out his sister, if anything happened to him.
When she finds them, his sister, Mary, is dismayed that she is with child, but likes having her do all the house hold chores. Lem the brother-in-law, is a thief, so to speak. He doe
Mar 26, 2013 Candy rated it really liked it
What would it be like to be tricked, taken against your will, loaded onto a ship sailing for the colonies, and sold as an indentured servant? That’s what we find out in Beyond The Valley. In the midst of hardship, the courage of Sarah Carr shines through!

After the death of her husband, Sarah goes to the only family she has for help. Betrayed by them, she is tricked onto a ship sailing for the colonies. Dirty and hungry, she faces the humiliation of standing on a platform, being inspected like li
Mar 28, 2013 Annette rated it it was amazing
Book Three, Beyond The Valley, re-introduced me to a character I met in Book One, Before The Scarlet Dawn. I was 2/3 through reading Beyond The Valley, before I realized this.
When the story begins it is 1778, Cornwall, England.
Sarah Carr is left destitute and widowed at the tender age of 17. After her husbands death, she traveled to her sister in-law's home for help. She is not there long before she became sold into bondage as an indentured servant headed for the American Colonies. Sara
Elaine Cooper
Mar 13, 2013 Elaine Cooper rated it it was amazing
Sarah Carr thought the most difficult trial of her young life was being widowed and pregnant. She could never have anticipated that the worst was yet to come.

Seeking refuge with her deceased husband’s family, she hoped they would take pity on her predicament. Instead, Sarah was greeted with coldness and ruthless betrayal that led to imprisonment on board a ship to the American Colonies. Would her faith in God strengthen her through the pain, the humiliation, and yet more loss? Finding comfort wi
Mar 08, 2013 Patty rated it liked it
This is the third book in the Daughters of the Potomac series from Ms. Gerlach. I reviewed the second book, Beside Two Rivers a bit ago. This tale of a woman kidnapped from England at the time of the American Revolution exposes the horrors of the indentured servant. Whether entering the servitude willingly or through force it was a horrible life for those who thought it would be a way out of their problems.

Sarah Carr is widowed and goes to the only family she has left - her husband's sister. She
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Sarah Carr's story is a sad one, but one full of courage and hope.

The book begins in England. Sarah's husband drowns while pillaging a crashed ship. His needless death left her desitute without means to take care of herself and her unborn child. She turns to her husband's family and is cast into the hands of scoundrels and bound to the life of an indentured servant.

Throughout her trials, Sarah managed to keep her faith and hope. She holds to her dream of freedom and marriage to Alex, the youg Dr
Mar 04, 2013 Literary rated it liked it
Mandy's Review:

First, let me ask you: How beautiful is this cover?! I'm loving the colors on it. It's bright and will pull in anybody walking past it.

Sarah's story, while fictional, is one I'm sure is based in fact. How many young women have been duped, kidnapped, and brought to America as slaves we'll never know. It's sad to think about it happening. Unfortunately for Sarah, she was pregnant and widowed and had nobody that would miss her enough to wonder what happened to her.

I would list the nu
Mar 24, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
When seventeen year old Sarah Carr's husband Jamie drowns while trying to salvage items from a shipwreck off of England's Cornish coast, she finds herself a pregnant widow with no means to support herself. Seeking support from her husband's sister Mary and husband Lem, Sarah is an unwanted burden in their house. Her brother-in-law devises a ruthless plan to betray Sarah with a stranger who promises her work, only to kidnap her and force her on a ship bound for the American Colonies to be sold as ...more
Mar 12, 2013 Stacie rated it really liked it
This third book in the Daughters of the Potomac series focuses on Sarah who we first meet in BEFORE THE SCARLET DAWN. We only know pieces of her story from that story and this book goes back to Sarah's life as she is newly married and living in England. We learn her horrific history that brings her to America and eventually to Eliza and Hayward's home. Even though this is Sarah's story, I do think you would be able to understand so much more of her and Eliza's time together if you read those boo ...more
Mar 25, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Sarah grew up in a workhouse for children, she always felt like no one would ever want her because one of her legs was shorter than the other causing her to limp. At the age of seventeen though she meets Jamie Carr someone who offers her marriage, after six short months though Jamie drowns leaving her a widow with a baby on the way. The only thing she knows to do is to go to Jamie's sister but instead of helping her they put her on a ship bound for the Colonies so that she can be sold into a lif ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Kelli rated it it was ok
The writing starts off really well done but it's extremely sad. Some of her characters are really nasty and come across one dimensional and heavy handed. I did love the way the author writes history into the story. It's very well done. However, I felt like the character of Sarah was completely dropped by the middle of the book. She is suppose to be wounded and have survived a horrible ship passage from Ireland, but all of a sudden she is playing fake mom to two littles girls for a handsome docto ...more
Lynne Modranski
Mar 10, 2015 Lynne Modranski rated it it was amazing
this could really be book two although as book three nothing is lost in the read. another excellent historical fiction.
May 14, 2015 Christy rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
I enjoy author Rita Gerlach's writing style. It isn't fluffy or mushy and it's to the point no meandering around idea's and lingering for too long on a topic. I wish she would write more. My only criticism with this book was 3/4 of the way through she retold Eliza and Fiona and Hayward's story from book 1. If you read book 1 you already new everything and I wasn't quite sure why she re-stated it; it took away from Sarah's story extremely. As far as the story I appreciate a good historical with a ...more
Mary Bronson
Dec 25, 2013 Mary Bronson rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was AMAZING! I really enjoyed reading it. I thought the plot and characters were very well written. I thought Sara was an AMAZING character. She is so strong even though she is going through tough times. It took me awhile to realize that she was the girl Eliza took in from the first book. It was nice to read her story and how all three books tie in someway. It had a great ending and I'm happy that she had a happy ending.
May 01, 2013 Steph rated it really liked it
The ending was a bit sudden, i wish there had been more of an "after" story.
Aug 03, 2013 Mackenzie rated it really liked it
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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)
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