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- Print Length: 375 pages
- Publisher: Timelight Press; 3 edition (May 11, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 11, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071VP9V5F
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A Rip in the Veil: Reluctant time traveller meets 17th century fugitive (The Graham Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Had Anna Belfrage been allowed to choose, she'd have become a professional time traveler. As this was impossible, she instead authored the acclaimed Graham Saga, a time-travelling series set in the seventeenth century. Her latest series is set in the 1320s and features Adam de Guirande, his wife Kit, and their adventures during Roger Mortimer's rise to power.
Greg Patmore, Audie Award winner, became an actor in his mid-forties, fulfilling a lifelong ambition, when he trained at Arts Educational Schools, and has enjoyed a varied career on stage, screen, and in the voice-over studio ever since.--This text refers to the audioCD 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.
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Of course being transported back into the 17th century gives Anna Belfrage a chance to refect on society both then and now. There is what you would expect – the repression of women, the narrowness of society, but also an understanding of just how violent society was before our modern judicial system, the importance of agriculture and land, and the lack of material possessions, all things that Alex Lind has to come to grips with in her new life in a new century.
More than just a romance, this will please readers who like accurate history, but also appreciate a passionate relationship that is realistically portrayed. I appreciated all the minor chracters in the book too, such as Matthew’s bitter and vengeful brother, and Alex’s traumatised husband, as they each have a story to tell. Multi-layered and exciting, this is romantic fiction at its best.
I read the book with perhaps almost indecent haste, enjoying the story and the characters and the (to me) novel way that the two (or more) times joined and came apart and was really rooting for Alex when she battled to stay in one particular time.
A great story and I look forward to reading the rest of the saga.
This story may remind you of the Outlander series, but it is an enjoyable read in its own right. Alex has left behind a father, a husband and a three-year-old son with whom she never bonded because he was a child of rape. Her complex life includes a mother who appears to be both an artist and a witch, and her paintings drag the observer into time travel.
Mathew and Alex slowly bond, but he too has a host of problems to face, not least being that soldiers will hang him if they catch him. There is no love lost between himself and his brother, Luke, who betrays him more than once. Alex struggles to come to terms with running a household in the seventeenth century while avoiding one of her mother’s enemies who would think nothing of killing her to get what he wants. The historical details are carefully woven into the story so they don’t become burdensome, and if you enjoy this story, there are more stories about the Grahams for your enjoyment.
The writing good and snappy, with original and intelligent dialogue. Historical detail was deftly placed and the characters lived naturally within their worlds and times. A good range of secondary characters made the story more complex and layered - another way of taking this book out of the ordinary. The villains are well-drawn as are Alex's parents; contemporaries in the modern age, John and Diane, less so.
The plot had plenty of twists and turns, but it flows very well and I liked the significance of the paintings. As there are other books in the series, I have to hope that Alex an Matthew survive for a while to come.
Having loved the Outlander books I felt that this was too similar for me to appreciate.
Could be a good read if you haven't read Outlander