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Friday, June 7, 2013

Guest Post - Diana Flowers Reviews Thorns In Eden and The Everlasting Mountains by Rita Gerlach


Thorns in Eden

Thorns In Eden And The Everlasting Mountains
By Rita Gerlach, 2013

~5 stars*****
Reviewed by Diana Flowers
A Historical Masterpiece!

Rita Gerlach has once again penned a riveting, powerful saga beginning in the beautiful, lush, snow laden fields of England, with its magnificent manors---to the breathtaking beauty and dangers of the raw, savage land of colonial Maryland.

Due to the death of her father, Rebecah Brent lives with her uncle in Endfield Manor in virtual isolation. Because of past secrets, Samuel Brent does not hide the fact that he despises his niece, and plans to marry her off to a wealthy landowner. However, a glorious encounter with John Nash, a colonial who comes to visit his parents in England, forever changes the course of Rebecah's life.

As she follows after John to the colonies of America (not knowing whether he will have her or not), she has no idea of the dangers that lie in wait for her; testing her very soul, mind, and body. As the fear of Indian attacks and the onset of the Revolutionary War consume her and the colonists, Rebecah is faced with an even greater danger. John's worst enemy, a man seeking vengeance who has no allegiance to any tribe or nation, will stop at nothing to have her for his own. Is Rebecah and John's love doomed from the very beginning?

I have read and loved all of Rita Gerlach's books, but this one truly reinforced what I already knew. Rita Gerlach is one of the strongest voices and greatest talents in historical fiction today. Her extensive research and knowledge of colonial life, realistic fleshed out characters, and an intriguing, emotive, intense storyline established this as one of the best books I have read this year! My heart pounded as Rebecah sought to escape her Indian captors, and soared with the beauty of her and John's love story. Guaranteed to keep you burning the midnight oil, make sure to put this one at the top of your wishlist!

This book may be purchased through Amazon and is available in paperback and ebook format.

From Rita: Comment for a chance to win a free Kindle ebook copy.
 


33 comments:

  1. A wonderful review, DIANA! I have the book on my Kindle, so I also hope to read it.

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    1. Thank you, MARIAN! Make some time for it b/c it's a hard one to put down!

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  2. Thanks, Marian, for grabbing an ebook copy. I hope you find time to read it.

    Thanks, Diana, for the review. You know I'd hug you if I could.

    Rita

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    1. A cyber hug is better than none at all, RITA, so I'll take it! It was my pleasure. :)

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  3. This was a great review, I can't wait to read it! I love the time period, and that cover-oh my goodness it's wonderful :)

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    1. Put this at the top of your wishlist, RENEE! The book is as enticing as the lovely cover!

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  4. very impressed and love this time period. Looking forward to reading this.

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    1. It's a wonderful story, Kindergarten Storyteller! Sounds like you tell a few yourself! :)

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  5. love the cover, nice interview and that time pieord is great, i would love to win
    jcisforme@aol.com

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    1. This has got to be one of my fave covers ever, SHIRLEY!

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  6. Very nice interview/review, Diana, as usual. Rita's book sounds exciting and compelling. I would enjoy reading it. Thanks for this great giveaway and the chance to win a fine read.

    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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    1. Thank you, BARB, for dropping by. Hoping you get a copy of this one ASAP! You'll love it!

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  7. Ladies, my son designed the cover. I love it.

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    1. We all love it too, RITA! Breathtaking!

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  8. Pretty, pretty please, a print copy? These ~*your 2-in-1*~ sound so interesting. We have recently ~ four years past ~ moved to the Missouri Ozarks. I do wonder what our property saw during those times before when I look at the large, old oak trees up further on the hill. Thanks for this interesting review.
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Oh if trees could talk, KATHLEEN...

      You are so much more patient than I...mine is puullleeaazzze pick me! lol

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  9. Diana--thanks SO much for being a Guest Poster here on CQ! Beautiful review! You are such a blessing!!!

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  10. Thank you, Carrie! You're welcome so much! lol This is my home away from home---I see you even fluffed up my goose down rocker pillow. ;)

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  11. I see we have a giveaway, too! Cool! Diana, test, we've even made you an honorary Quiller so you don't get these problems with the spam catcher and comments! I'll let the CACW members know I added you even though you don't write Colonial fiction and aren't a CACW member--it will make life easier on that goose down pillow ;)

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    1. I write colonial fiction reviews so that might entitle me to a spot here. Right, Quillers? ;) And I have my own rocking chair here and that definitely counts for something. :-)

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  12. Thank you for your review. Most helpful.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Mary, thank you for coming by! Got your name in our little colonial hat here! :)

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  13. looking forward to reading this fabulous novel

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. KAREN, get ready for a book you just can't put down! Good luck in the drawing!

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  14. Diana, thank you so much for the review and posting it here on CQ. You are one of the most valued and loved book reviewers I know. I'll be sending you future novels for review!


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    1. Thank you so much, RITA. You are so kind to say so. This time you have made my day. :) I'm looking forward to reading them!!

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  16. What a wonderful review, Diana, of Rita's Thorns In Eden And The Everlasting Mountains. It sounds like another great read from Rita.

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    1. Thank you, JANET! This one will totally intrigue you from the beginning to the climactic ending!

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  17. This cover just captivates my imagination!

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    1. It's fabulous! Just like the pages within!

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  18. I'm studying the Colonial era with my children and would love this for myself and teen girls! In fact, we are attending a Colonial Ball gowns and all, July 13th! Can't wait! :)
    -Cathy, TX

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  19. Oooh, this sounds riveting! Adding to my TBR pile!
    Great review!
    Susan P
    farmygirl at hotmail dot com

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