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The 2nd thing that really aggravated me is the number of times Mathew suffers grievous injury due to his psychotic / sociopath brother Luke, and in the course of a life & death battle decides to spare his life. Being kidnapped & shipped off as an indentured servant / basically a death sentence given the conditions, beating Alex to the point of making her miscarry, & various attempts on their lives all traced back to Luke. Then instead of killing him he permanently & grotesquely disfigures Luke's face by cutting off his nose. So take an already vicious & ruthless psychopath & do something that will only embitter him further, while removing none of his ability to seek retribution. At times Mathew is so bone headed I wonder if he got dropped on his head as a ween, lol.
It's still a very well written book & hugely entertaining. It is lovely to see the interplay of the midwife from the first book, be her companion & good friend / travel partner to journey to America to attempt to find Mathew & buy back his indenture. Also having her son pop back through time where she can see him once more.
Halfway through chapter one, I knew I was in for as exciting a read as in book one, and for the coming days it was all I could do to lay the book aside for such minor irritants as work and household chores, so eager was I to return to the world of Alex and Matthew, Ms Belfrage’s vivid – and very human – main characters.
The dialogue is great, the descriptions evoque smells and sounds, and sometimes it feels as if I’m watching a movie in my head. Historical detail is inserted skillfully, there are a number of endearing cameo characters ( I love Mrs Gordon) and in general the language is very enjoyable – at times even poetic. The story as such is fastpaced, with twists and turns that kept me glued to the book, and yet despite all this action this book is mostly about love, the enduring kind of love that has Alex traipsing halfway round the world in search of her man. I guess I’m a sucker for that kind of story, because with Matthew and Alex Ms Belfrage has created a couple that has me totally hooked. I like how they interact, how they love and fight, I love the honesty between them and how vulnerable they dare to be with each other.
It was with relief I discovered the next Matthew and Alex book is due this summer. I for one can’t wait to find out what happens next!