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I liked how, now and then, Alex is able to get a hopeful message to the 21st century. With various time portals available to her, she sometimes see's her family that she's left behind in 2002, and they can see her as well. Still she has no way of knowing if she's dreaming or if it's a wishful thought from her homesickness when this happens to her. And if true, she has no way of knowing if her verbal messages have successfully been heard or intercepted. Once these portals open, they come alive and try to take her into them with a great force. Alex is learning and figuring out the mystery and danger behind these time portals. While on her long journey to rescue Matthew, she experiences "thoughts" and "feelings" (psychic visions??) of Matthew and the hell he's in. And they each are so connected to each other that they're both able to draw strength and hope from the other.
This author has an excellent talent of conveying the enormous love and devotion that Matthew and Alex hold for each other. A perfect knack of relaying the velocity of their devotion. And the barriers that they each must overcome once Matthew is rescued are profound. So much has happened --- so much has changed within Matthew because of the hell he lives through. So much has been destroyed within him and he is faced with tremendous bitterness and rage at the injustice of it all. His anger towards the person(s) who contrived to have him abducted causes a deep resentment to grow; forcing Matthew to stop and think and deal with the possible repercussions should he take his revenge. Through everything that Matthew goes through, he comes out of it no longer able to forgive his enemy. Even though he's a God fearing man and holds his faith dear...he begins to nurture his hate that is overtaking his soul, vowing to get his revenge.
I loved this second installment. It drags a little bit with the hell that Matthew and Alex are experiencing and how they face each other's changed life. The point was pounded home with perfect precision...but I understood (while reading) that it was necessary for this author to convey the enormous hellish injustices that have been dumped over and over again on these two people. It wasn't overplayed...it was necessary. And yes...this story DID remind me now and then of the original Outlander. The journey to the West Indies; being indentured; scarred back from whippings; apothecary visits etc. It was sort of like Ms. Belfrage used OUTLANDER as a guide for her storytelling...taking a few scenes from that fabulous saga and then changes it up a bit. Even so, I loved this story enough to continue onto the third installment. Ms. Belfrage perfectly reiterates past events from book #1 bringing any new readers up to date. This second installment could stand alone....but why miss out on the time-traveling adventure and suspense of the first installment? Without reading the first installment A Rip in the Veil (The Graham Saga Book 1), you miss the beginning of this brilliant story.
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!