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- Print Length: 418 pages
- Publisher: Timelight Press (November 5, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 5, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B076FXC562
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All joking aside, I also want to note that while the novels can be read as standalones, I recommend tackling the books in order as events from the earlier novels are often referenced and expanded on in later volumes. Belfrage takes care to often enough detail for new readers to understand the dramatic context each story, but I personally feel There is Always a Tomorrow carries more emotional weight for readers who've experienced both Serpents in the Garden and Revenge and Retribution.
The wake of Coode's Rebellion provides an intriguing backdrop for this volume of the Graham story. The novel itself does not cover the Puritan-led revolt against the proprietary government, but it does explore the ramifications of its outcome. In a dramatic shift, Catholicism was effectively outlawed in the colony of Maryland, and I liked how Belfrage paired the larger conflict with religious diversity within the Graham family to illustrate the injustice of intolerance.
That said, it is Rachel who proves the most thought-provoking character of the novel. Jacob's daughter isn't easy to like at the best of times, but her unpleasant demeanor is tempered by the tragedy of her experiences. Rachel's story is deliberately dark and uncomfortable, and while I can't claim to have enjoyed reading it, I will say that admired Belfrage for its inclusion. Though difficult, Rachel deserves more than the cards she was dealt and I liked how the narrative encourages readers to look beyond her antics to understand the lasting effects of post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and depression.
White Bear/Samuel's story stands in stark contrast to Rachel's. Caught between two diverse cultures, There is Always a Tomorrow sees him forced to claim one or the other as his own. Fans of the series understand this moment has been a long time coming, but I loved that it was ultimately perpetuated by White Bear/Samuel's desire to protect his children. A parent myself, I found the moment intensely relatable and couldn't help grinning at Belfrage's ability to capture such intimate emotional detail in the context of these novels.
Secondly, she is incredibly gifted at setting the stage for her reader. There is never a moment that I can’t see the world through the eyes of the people she creates. Never a moment that I have to go back and re-read a section because I don’t understand what’s happening around my beloved characters. A rare talent, indeed.
The Graham Saga covers the story of Matthew and Alex Graham, from their first fateful meeting (when Alex time-slipped back to the 16th century) to being settled and enjoying their large family. By the time There is Always Tomorrow rolls around, some of the children remain with Matthew and Alex, and some are maneuvering their way into the world on their own. They have picked up many friends along the way, but also some unexpected enemies.
I have obsessively poured through this series (with the exception of Book #5, which was out of stock when I was buying the rest of the series. #Christmaswishlist) and was so excited to dig into There is Always Tomorrow. There are quite a few characters throughout the Graham Saga, especially as Matthew and Alex’s brood has grown, but Ms. Belfrage expertly manages them and their storylines, making an easy-to-follow plot for her readers. One thing that I found pretty impressive is that There is Always Tomorrow can easily be enjoyed by a reader who has never turned one page of books 1 – 8. It is a great stand-alone, with a perfect mix of adventure, romance and suspense. And for those of us hardcore Matthew and Alex fans, it is a wonderful reunion with our much loved Graham family members.
Get the book. Get the whole series. Actually, just buy everything with her name on it. Then sit back and enjoy the rest of your year.
This book is a family saga. While it focuses on one couple: Matthew and Alex, our attention is split with the whole family. This book is truly a family saga and it is the relationships between the family members that really drives the action. While the Graham family has mostly seemed to be very happy, all of that happiness is threatened by one of the main couple's (Matthew and Alex) sons who has turned out to be so serious about his religion that he seems to forget about everything and everyone else, even when it threatens to upend his whole life. It was interesting to see why he would do this and more importantly, how his family copes (or does not cope in some cases).
I was especially interested in the setting. I live in Maryland but much further north and closer to Washington, D.C. than the characters did. It was so interesting to see what my state was once like. I really liked all of the historical detail the author infuses into the book about this.
It can be dangerous territory to jump into the middle of a series but for this book, it works pretty well. We do catch on that Alex is not from the time period and instead somehow travels back in time to this time period but it is never explained why and seems to be taken for granted by the other characters. That being said, this isn't a huge distraction but instead left me wanting to go back and read the other books.