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It's been 26 years since Alex Lind fell 300 years through time in Scotland, and she's adapted and conformed to the ways of life in the Colonies. Where she was an agnostic in the 21st century, she now prays as least once a day...even though it's short and succinct and sometimes involves her shaking her fist at the heavens. At the same time, Matthew is becoming less rigid in his faith. He's still very, very religious and devout...but he's become more open minded and flexible in his religious beliefs. All because of Alex. She poses questions and arguments that makes him think deeply about his faith. She causes him to second guess the voracity of the doctrine he's been taught all his life.
I adore the loving relationship that Alex and Matthew share. Highly unusual in this era because women were considered forward or wanton for desiring or initiating sex. But because Alex is from the 21st century, she doesn't care....and more's the happier Matthew is that she's so aggressively insatiable. Alex has to constantly curb her independent nature...she's stubborn and can be quite obstinate and opinionated and voices her opinions loudly and often. I love her. Their children are growing up, marrying and having children of their own. There are many births and rejoicing...as well as death and loss and astounding, heartbreaking grief as the Graham's continue to struggle to carry on. Some of the children have moved away, making a life for themselves.
There are some similarities in this saga that remind me of the original Outlander...but hey...so what? I mean, I'm probably Diana Gabaldon's biggest fan and I love Outlander so much that any author who wants to give me their cut-rate version in book form of that outstandingly epic series, is welcome to my money. It's sort of like Ms. Belfrage used OUTLANDER as a guide for her storytelling...taking a few scenes from that saga and then changes it up a bit. Even so, I'm addicted to Ms. Belfrage's version of her story... enough that I must continue with the seventh book. How incredible are the emotions summoned by the force of these books. The feelings that they stir sometimes blind-sides me. Ms. Belfrage successfully spins such a compelling, emotional story of homesteaders, family, tribes, nations, customs, spirit, traditions and children. All the struggles of a new world. If you are looking for a saga of epic proportions; of historical facts intertwined with romance and fictitious characters (and a few historical correct characters as well..)..then begin at the beginning... (although Ms. Belfrage adeptly brings us up-to-date with each installment....this sixth installment could probably stand alone)
Once again, we meet Alex and Matthew Graham, by now firmly rooted in their new home in 17th century Maryland. The love they feel for each other remains as strong as ever, the attraction between them almost palpable, and there is one scene in particular that I return to over and over again, so affected am I by the tenderness in it.
In this book, a lot of the action is concentrated round some of Alex’s and Matthew’s children – and round Matthew’s intriguing, beautiful and deaf niece, Lucy. I am impressed by how Ms Belfrage breathes life into all of her characters, even if I remain primarily an Alex and Matthew fan.
Ms Belfrage combines her cast of wonderful characters with a storyline that makes it almost impossible to put the book down. At times, I wish I could – or that I could avoid reading certain passages, so heart-wrenching are some of the situations Alex and Matthew Graham are forced to face. Fortunately, there are also moments of comic relief, very much thanks to Mrs Parson. That formidable old lady really knows how to put rude people in their place and keep them there!