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Anna Belfrage
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1 Mar 2013
Matthew Graham committed the mistake of his life when he cut off his brother's nose. In revenge, Luke Graham has Matthew abducted and transported to the colony of Virginia to be sold as indentured labour. Matthew arrives in Virginia in May 1661 and any hope he had of finding someone willing to listen to his story of unlawful abduction is quickly extinguished. If anything, Matthew's insistence that he is an innocent man leads him to being singled out for the heaviest tasks. Insufficient food, gruelling days and the humid heat combine to wear him down. With a sinking feeling, he realises no one has ever survived their seven years of service on the plantation Suffolk Rose. Fortunately for Matthew, he has a remarkable wife. Alex  Graham has no intention of letting her husband suffer and die. So she sets off from Scotland on a perilous journey to bring her husband home. Alex is plagued by nightmares in which Matthew is reduced to a wheezing wreck by his tormentors. Sailing to Virginia, she prays for a miracle to carry her swiftly to his side. But fate has other plans, and what should have been a two month crossing turns into a year long adventure - from one side of the Atlantic to the other. Will Alex find Matthew in time? Will she be able to pay the price of setting him free? Like Chaff in the Wind continues on from The Rip in the Veil, taking Alex and Matthew's love story to a new continent.

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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780884702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780884707
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.7 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,492,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dear reader,

(NOTE! For more information about me and my books, please visit

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another ripping yarn 31 Jan 2014
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Having enjoyed A Rip in the Veil, I was a little anxious about whether this sequel would be as good. I needn’t have worried. In fact, I think I liked it better! The relationship between Alex and Matthew is developing nicely, stabilising as they add to their family. All the good guys and bad guys are there, both the addition of some exceedingly unsavoury new bad guys.

Occasionally, I wanted to shout “Noooo!” as either Alex or Matthew (mostly Matthew!) did something silly, but that “something” usually racked up the suspense which was deliciously tense throughout. The harshness of the 17th century colonial America for indentured - read slave - labour was grimly described: meagre rations, gruelling, long days of work, beatings and ground-in indifference reminded me of accounts of 1930/40s Nazi Germany.

The timeslip story adds another layer and allows us to engage well with Alex. I hope it’s not a spoiler, but I thought Isaac’s visit was a little short and would have liked to have seen him stranded until the next book, but that’s a personal niggle. The writing is vivid and succinct, drawing you on inexorably to the next chapter. Ms Belfrage, I will be reading your next book very soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very, very, readable 23 Sep 2013
By Helen Hollick VINE VOICE
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Exciting. Intriguing. Interesting. Enjoyable. Well researched. Well written.
Can't really add to that - apart from what an excellent read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johan 2 July 2013
By Johan
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After having read the first novel, I was looking forward to the second book in the series, and I was not disappointed. The characters are by now "part of your family" and it feels good to meet with them once again. Where I am normally not very fond of sci-fi or supernatural kind of stories, Anna Belfrage is using this with care, never letting it take to much room in the stories.

As the characters and story are as fascinating as they are, I immediately bought the third book as well and I am looking forward to dig into it on my vacation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sir Read-A-Lot's Review 5 April 2013
Timeslip novels are tricky things to get right. Many historical novel purists are reticent to read them as they push the genre to its limits, others enjoy them as they try to bring freshness and new direction. I am normally one of the purists; I like timeslip and science fiction but to reconcile them into a historical fiction setting is normally off-putting, but "Like Chaff in the Wind" is so well-written, I concede defeat!

Anna Belfrage creates characters that jump off the page and the multi-era storyline is superbly crafted. She portrays the desolation and fear of the protagonists as they fight to survive a situation not of their making and as Alex's modern day life threatens to intervene and stop her from saving Matthew, you find yourself not actually being aware of reading a timeslip novel - but just a very good novel.

This is a saga with a previous chapter and it would benefit the reader to have read the first novel in the series, but if like me you haven't the story is still enjoyable. Anna Belfrage is definitely a novelist to watch. Once again, an independent author demonstrates that the industry is one filled with talent and that they ares not afraid to challenge the sensibilities of genre fiction.

I award "Like Chaff in the Wind" 4 Crosses!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A promise delivered! 7 Mar 2013
By Sofia Marlú - Published on
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Having enjoyed A Rip in the Veil, I approached Like Chaff in the Wind with some trepidation. Would the second book be as good as the first, or was I up for a disappointment?
Halfway through chapter one, I knew I was in for as exciting a read as in book one, and for the coming days it was all I could do to lay the book aside for such minor irritants as work and household chores, so eager was I to return to the world of Alex and Matthew, Ms Belfrage’s vivid – and very human – main characters.

The dialogue is great, the descriptions evoque smells and sounds, and sometimes it feels as if I’m watching a movie in my head. Historical detail is inserted skillfully, there are a number of endearing cameo characters ( I love Mrs Gordon) and in general the language is very enjoyable – at times even poetic. The story as such is fastpaced, with twists and turns that kept me glued to the book, and yet despite all this action this book is mostly about love, the enduring kind of love that has Alex traipsing halfway round the world in search of her man. I guess I’m a sucker for that kind of story, because with Matthew and Alex Ms Belfrage has created a couple that has me totally hooked. I like how they interact, how they love and fight, I love the honesty between them and how vulnerable they dare to be with each other.

It was with relief I discovered the next Matthew and Alex book is due this summer. I for one can’t wait to find out what happens next!

Sofia Marlú
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Chaff in the Wind .. 9 July 2013
By Ann Karlsson - Published on
.. was not what I expected - it turned out to be even better! The more or less unbelievable adventures of Matthew and Alex takes places in a completely different environment this time. But the story and the complexity of the human relationships is nothing but pure excitement -and nothing is predictable!

Once you start to read, it is impossible to stop!

After reading the first book in the Graham Saga, Rip in The Veil, I could not wait until I had this one in my hands! Now, I am just longing for The Prodigal Son and to see where the story will bring me then!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeding every expectation 30 Jun 2013
By marybelle - Published on
After having read the first book in the Graham saga I immediately started reading the second one - and it exceeded my (high) expectations. The relationship between Alex and Matthew is crafted and described in a beautiful way and all of the supporting characters (from good-guy Mrs Gordon to the scum Jones and all the ones in between) are well-thought through. The constantly high level of suspense keeps you reading well past bedtime and I could thoroughly recommend this book to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining story... 21 Mar 2013
By smhopkins - Published on
I've been curious about this novel and have really been engrossing myself into nautical theme stories of late. This story is certainly notable and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to more of Belfrage's wonderful tales in this series.

This story takes place in the seventh century when Matthew Graham finds himself abducted and is forced on a ship that takes him to Virginia as an indentured labour on the Suffolk Rose Plantation. He endures many horrors on a daily bases and is singled out by a man who gives him the hardest tasks, all because he claims his innocence. How he got in this situation, you ask? Matthew cuts off his Brother's nose and in revenge his brother sold him into slavery. But there is more to the story than that.

Alex Graham has no intention of giving up on her husband's life and embarks on a journey to bring Matthew home. But this task turns out to be much more than she bargained for and finds herself a year later-which only should have taken two months- reaching her husband.

There are many elements to this story I think you will find interesting. In turn gives you a fine balance of romance, adventure, life on the open sea, time travel, plantation life, family devotion and so on. There was a couple of things that bothered me about Alex's character but I don't think it detracts from the story in any way. It was just a personal observation I had. I will be interested to see if anyone else-who is a mother- reading this story sees what I'm talking about.

This story is the sequel to, "A Rip in the Veil." Although Like Chaff in the Wind is a wonderful stand alone. I feel the reader might have some unanswered questions if they haven't read the first in this series.

An engaging tale with lively characters and as the plot unfolds you find yourself amazed how devotion and love survives a betrayal and suffering of the human spirit. If there is a lesson one can come away from this story, it is forgiveness.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Like Chaff in my Eyes 10 July 2014
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This has been an okay book and there is enough to hold my interest. However there is far too little in the way of character development and fare too little about the time slip. It is not a book that one just can't put down. The first book was the best and it has gone downhill. Come on , develop these characters especially the children in to real people. The children mostly just seem to be a result of fighting and then resolving the fight with bedroom scenes. They are all alike...yawn..
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