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Anna Belfrage
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1 Aug 2012
On a muggy August day in 2002 Alex Lind disappears without a trace. On an equally stifling August day in 1658, Matthew Graham finds her on an empty Scottish moor. Life will never be the same for Alex - or for Matthew. When Alexandra Lind is unexpectedly thrown several centuries backwards in time, she lands at the feet of Matthew Graham - an escaped convict making his way home to Scotland. Matthew doesn't quite know what to make of this concussed and injured woman who has seemingly fallen from the skies - what is she, a witch? Alex gawks at this tall, gaunt man with hazel eyes, dressed in what (to her) mostly looks like rags. At first she thinks he might be some sort of hermit, an oddball, but she quickly realises the she is the odd one out. Catapulted from a life of modern comfort, Alex grapples with this new existence, further complicated by the dawning realization that someone from her time has followed her here - and not exactly to extend a helping hand. Potential compensation for this brutal shift in fate comes in the shape of Matthew - a man she should never have met, not when she was born three centuries after him. He quickly proves himself a willing and most capable protector, but he comes with baggage of his own, and on occasion it seems his past will see him killed. Alex finds her new situation desperately exciting, but also longs for the structure of the life she used to have. Can Alex get home? And does she want to?

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Product details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780882424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780882420
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.7 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dear reader,

(NOTE! For more information about me and my books, please visit www.annabelfrage.com.)

As a child, I spent a lot of time trying to find ways of travelling through time - always backwards - and somewhere along the way I concluded that while real time traveling is as yet (sadly) not possible, it is always possible to leap through time by using that most powerful tool, imagination.
I don't know how many hours I've whiled away submerged in one daydream after the other, all of them set in the misty past, all of them starring yours truly. As a matter of fact, I still daydream, and my hourly walks with the dog tend to be one long delicious escape from the world of today to another place, another time.

A Rip in the Veil and Like Chaff in the Wind are the products of very many hours of daydreaming - although at times I'm not entirely sure who is doing the actual daydreaming, my characters or myself. Alex(andra) Lind and Matthew Graham have grown into most tangible beings, people with likes and dislikes - and very exciting lives, putting it mildly. Which is why one book developed into a whole series, two of which have now been published (more to come, two more already in 2013).

The latter half of the seventeenth century is rife with dangers, and even more so when you're a woman who has been yanked out of your comfortable, modern timezone and dropped into 1658. But Alex is lucky; she lands at the feet of Matthew, a man most women would give an arm and a leg to get to know closely. Things, however, are complicated by the general political unrest of the times and Matthew's present status as convicted (but fugitive) royalist. Phew; at times I almost feel sorry for all the situations I land Alex in.
"Tell me about it," she sort of growls, "and it's not you who's got the bruises to show, is it?"
Erm, no; but I'm the author, remember?
"We can trade anytime," she says.
Ooh yes, please! I nod eagerly, throwing Matthew a longing glance. Alex follows my look, and two well formed brows come down in an impressive scowl.
"He's mine," she says.
Matthew raises his face and looks at her. Those magical hazel eyes shine gold in the afternoon sun, and a slow smile spreads across his face. She sort of dances towards him and I sigh; he's definitely hers, I can see it in the way his fingers graze her cheek, in how he laughs at whatever she's saying. Shoot...

I like my female protagonists strong and capable, and Alex is nothing if not resilient, no matter what full blown punches fate throws her way. While the first book in the series is about her coming to terms with a frightening and new existence, the second is much more hands on: Someone has abducted her man, and Alex must set of in search of him. A harrowing experience for both of them, let me tell you!


I hope you choose to buy my books and that you find the reading as enjoyable as I've found the writing.

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About the Author

I was raised abroad, on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, English history and Swedish traditions. As a result I'm multilingual and most of my reading is historical- both non-fiction and fiction. Possessed of a lively imagination, I have drawers full of potential stories, all of them set in the past. For years I combined a challenging career with four children and the odd snatched moment of writing. Luckily, children grow up, and now I spend most of my free time at my writing desk attempting to decipher the squiggled ideas I've jotted down over the years. Every now and then I succeed. I was always going to be a writer. Now I am - I have achieved my dream. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book! 16 Feb 2013
By Linnea
Format:Paperback
I started reading this book with a bit of a doubt. I have never read any books about time travelling before and to be honest, I was a bit sceptic about it.

I was proven wrong. I was blown away and sucked into this world Alexandra lives in, and the one she left behind as well! There is always something you want to find out about which makes you read the book for hours at night, even when you are so tired you can barely keep your eyes open! The book felt so realistic to me that when I put the book away during a dark and sad time in the book, I was still affected and kept on thinking about what was going on in the book even when I wasn't reading. You cannot read the book without making a movie in your head showing what is happening in the book.

This book gives you the dark truth about the struggles of living in a time so far away from what we are living in today. The author manages to bring in many very interesting facts about the history - what was going on in Scotland at the time and how they dealt with normal day-to-day life.
There is always something interesting going on, and sometimes I was so involved in the book that the bad things happening to Alexandra made me feel like they were happening to myself. But all the bad things that are happening are (from what I can guess) not some sort of "action" writing to make it interesting, it was probably what life back then was like. You had to fight for your safety, your honour and your family.

And the love between Alexandra and Matthew... all I can say is that I don't look at love the way I did before. The authour has managed to describe so beautifully what it feels like when you really love someone. Every stroke, every hug, every kiss - you feel the love with them.

If you have read time travelling before, this is definitely the book for you. If you haven't, believe me that it is going to change your mind!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly Average 14 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I quite liked the sound of this book and the reviews were generally very good, so as a lover of books re time travel I decided to buy it. I found it quite interesting for a while but as the story progressed, I found myself skipping pages. The plot slowed down and became just a series of encounters with soldiers or groups of men bent on killing, theft and rape, lots of arguments and making up between the two main characters, far too much graphic violence which worsened and the continual unnecessary explicit sex.I quite simply became more and more bored. The repeated observations that the ex wife Margaret and the new wife were alike enough to be sisters seemed contrived and odd. I persevered until the end which seemed to just peter out, but won't be bothering with the second and third book. Disappointingly average and not a patch on Diana Gabaldon's superb series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative time travel! 23 Oct 2012
Format:Paperback
When Alexandra Lind somehow falls through a portal in time and ends up in 1658 in Scotland, she can't believe it and nor can she see a way back to the future. Everything looks bleak and impossible, but she has the good fortune to be rescued by a Scotsman who sets her pulses racing almost from their first meeting. But Matthew Graham is on the run, having escaped from prison (where he'd been sent after being falsely accused) and his younger brother will stop at nothing to send him back or to the hangman's noose. As for Alex, she has to either adapt to her new circumstances or die. Can they both succeed in achieving their goals? I enjoyed finding out!

Fast-paced and with a wonderful cast of characters, as well as a very unusual (and innovative!) take on time travel, this is a great story. If you like time travel and hunky Scotsmen, then this novel is for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 19 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback
This book has everything needed to provide an enjoyable read at the airplane, the too crowded bus or in bed. It will keep you reading at pavements and well after midnight. Good storyline that keeps evolving through the entire book and never gets boring. Beliveable and lovable characters with distinctive characteristics and flaws. But most of all a terrific love story. I strongly recommend it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read 6 April 2014
By Helen Hollick VINE VOICE
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This timeslip series by Anna Belfrage is one to savour and enjoy. Each story is a stand-alone, but I would recommend starting at the beginning and working your way through - you've a delight in store!
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