A Rip in the Veil (The Graham Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I liked Alex Linds' character. I liked how she handled the weirdness of being tossed back in time....like...."Great!...juuuuust frikkin' great!!" ----like something this bizarre happens to her all the time and "here we go again".... or ...."NOW WHAT?!?". Personally I loved her attitude and it made me chuckle in spite of the fear and uncertainty she was experiencing. But then her reality sets in......
Matthew Graham isn't bad looking even through all his scruff. He's an escaped convict so he looks pretty scroungy being in prison for the past three years. But his hazel green eyes, dark long hair and physical stature (he's tall) shine through promising a fine specimen of a man. I liked Matthew for the most part, but had a hard time getting a solid visual connection to him. I connected better with Alex and I cannot explain why I didn't connect as well with Matthew.
Ok, so yes...this story DID remind me now and then of the original Outlander. 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 changed it up a bit. Even so, I liked this story enough to continue with the second book. I liked that it revolved around a secondary, evil character on his search through various time portals for a witch who has cursed him, and his only goal is to find her and break the curse before he kills her, then find his way back to his original time. And while he's searching for this witch, he also searches for Alex Lind...the witch's daughter. I liked how well Alex coped on her journey and even resigns herself to a new and complex life in 1658....until she becomes Matthews' wife and mistress of a small estate. Having to adjust to keeping a house was a whole new ballgame for her; with her new husband gone all day...well, it was frightening all over again for Alex, and the author brought her frustrations and fears to me with perfect precision. I felt her stress and anxiety...her utter aloneness. It was worse than the new kid all alone on the unfamiliar school playground with everyone staring at him. Alex's reality of not belonging hits her all over again with tremendous force. Homesickness and a longing for family becomes an all consuming thing...and her new husband isn't around to help her.
The author gives us dual POV's as well as two events taking place in two era's. She keeps us fairly up-to-date on what Alex's friends and loved ones are experiencing with her confusing disappearance in 2002, then takes us back to 1658. This story has political unrest, witch hunts, and mystery and suspense galore. There's quick, impromptu trials and hangings that are pretty gruesome;, murder and vindictive power-play. There's very little adult language and the intimate moments are not explicitly told...but still conveyed very well.
There are a few negatives to this authors' writing style that took me some time to accustom myself to...like non-American words that are commonly used. So here I am reading along...going about 85 mph. and all's well when I read "she sat on the verge"...(I'm assuming this is "curb")...or "he pulled his jumper over his head"...(uuuuum, is this a sweater??) and "tarmac" (we're not talking about an airport runway, so it must be a street/road?). When I read those words as well as words like "tyre" or "bonnet" for parts of cars, well my happy humming, speed reading hits a bump and comes close to a screeching halt. And it took too long to explain the relationship of John to Alex back in 2002...I kept wondering why this "John" character was more than a little upset to her disappearance. And because I'm left wondering, I'm losing my connection to the two main characters. I'm reading with all these question marks floating in my head. But all in all I liked this beginning to this saga. The dialogue was nicely balanced to the narration. It is a brilliant beginning.