Book Review: Thorns in Eden

Rita Gerlach is another new author for me, but when I saw lots of good reviews, I decided to give her a try. I wasn’t disappointed with the Kindle download, which is actually two books in one: Thorns in Eden and The Everlasting Mountains.

He proved to me there is evil in the heart of every race.

Book Description from Amazon

17853754Set in Colonial Maryland and the coast of Cornwall in England at the start of the American Revolution.

John Nash journeys back to England before the first shots of the Revolution are fired. Rebecah Brent, a young woman who has known little more than the solitude of an isolated manor, gives him her heart. 

Can Nash protect his beloved from a man who has no allegiance to any nation, tribe, or creed, wanted for robbery and murder, who has vowed vengeance? In Thorns In Eden and The Everlasting Mountains, love and faith are the sustaining forces that cannot be overtaken by the vines of adversity.

What I Thought

The author intertwined the story line into 1770s history very well, and she went deeper than the typical surface issues between England and the American Colonies.

In England, Mrs. Gerlach touched on the disparity between the aristocracy and the poor, as well as the plight of those who sympathized, or even agreed with, the complaints of the Colonies against the King. While she focused more on what was going on with the Indian raids on the colonial western frontier than between the Loyalists and Tories within towns, she didn’t fail to leave out suspicions of new visitors from England, the Acts being passed by Parliament, and the attempt to starve out Boston.

Many parts were hard to read, but only because of the brutality common in the time period: in America, the Indian raids that ended in scalpings, and in England, the immediate hangings of those who believed to aiding the colonists. The author also brought to life the lack of mercy on any side, the brutality within some on all sides, and the lack of respect for many; several tough topics that the author wrote about faithfully.

Yet the storyline kept me reading. The main characters were well developed and believable, struggling through issues of faith as well as the social and political turmoil of their day. I particularly enjoyed Thorns in Eden, although it ended in a bit of a cliffhanger, so I was thankful The Everlasting Mountains was just a turn of the page away.

About the only reason I downgraded my rating is the editing of both books. I didn’t see an overwhelming amount of mistakes, but still enough for me to make a mention of it. Some were simple errors, others were minor storyline problems, but many of them pulled me out of the story to either figure out what was really meant or to consider whether I had missed something.

The Bottom Line – 4-1/2 stars

In spite of the editing issues, this book is well worth reading, and I would have no trouble picking up another book by this author. Her story telling skills are very good and her knowledge and research of the time period and locations are excellent. If you like historical romance or fiction dealing with pre-revolutionary America, I recommend giving these books a try.

About the Author

00e3a0bd48680ad8976fdb.L._V395655821_SX200_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. She was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in a large family in the Maryland suburbs.

In many of her stories, she writes about the struggles endured by early colonists, with a sprinkling of both American and English history.

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DISCLOSURE: I purchased this book on my own and was not asked by the author or publisher for a review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”