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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780884702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780884707
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An entertaining story... 21 Mar. 2013
By smhopkins - Published on
Format: Paperback
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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Exceeding every expectation 30 Jun. 2013
By marybelle - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
Like Chaff in the Wind 3 April 2013
By P. Woodland - Published on
Format: Paperback
When I accepted this book for review I had no idea it was a time travel novel. I happen to love time travel novels so it didn't bother me in the least - in fact it added a bit for me but for someone who doesn't care for them it might have come as a bit of a shock. I knew this was a second book in a series and I'd not had the opportunity to read the first so I went in a bit blind. All that being said, Like Chaff in the Wind read like a stand alone book for me. I did not feel any great loss at not having read the first book in the series. I do however, very much want to read the next volume - The Prodigal Son. I have the first, A Rip in the Veil on my Nexus and will hopefully find some of the spare time people are always talking about and get around to
reading it.

Matthew and Alex are happily married but there is one major problem in their life - Matthew's brother, Luke hates him with a blinding passion. Luke has Matthew kidnapped and sent to America as an indentured servant. Alex sets off to rescue him but runs into a series of delays so that she doesn't get to him for over a year. He is on death's door when she finally negotiates his "purchase" from his current bondholder with a payment she is loathe to make.

As they try to make their way back to Scotland the hatred of Matthew's former owner and overseer as well as the continued threats from his brother get in the way of their quick return. Alex left their son in the hands of Matthew's best friend and they are both anxious to see him again.

I really liked the characters in this book - well the likable ones anyway. The bad guys were really bad. Over the top bad to tell the truth and I didn't understand the motivation for that level of hate. How many times is this brother going to keep at this? Perhaps this is why I need to read the first book...

That being written I did thoroughly enjoy the novel. With any time travel book a reader has to completely suspend any level of belief and just go with the story. This was basically a good story to be along with for a truly engaging ride.
Glorious Time Travel Romance that Was Epic yet with Humor: Loved it! 22 Mar. 2013
By Erin Al-Mehairi - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was hooked on Like Chaff in the Wind by Anna Belfrage from the moment I opened its pages! Usually it takes me some time to warm up to a new book, but this one caught me from the start and had me hooked. It wasn't due to action-packed suspense scenes though, as most people might generalize with that type of statement. It did move smoothly, and there was action, but more so it was her style of writing that kept me reading. It was quick and emotional, with characters as quick-witted as the movement of her words, and was detailed in just the right measure!

For instance, one of my favorite characters was the housekeeper, Mrs. Gordon, who partners with Alex on her adventure across the sea to find her husband Matthew. She was hilarious, just like a 1600-era Mrs. Doubtfire! Who doesn't love jovial, tell-it-like-it-is English housekeepers, right? Belfrage had some really well-developed characters.

Alex, her protagonist of the series, had the determination of the strong women characters I've grown to admire. To give up something most dear in order to take to such a perilous journey is commendable. Sailing across the sea to the New World in the 17th century was not an easy task to endure, but she did it for love. What a romantic undertaking! It made my heart sing.

I was surprised when the element of time shifting appeared at the beginning, but I also got very excited as I love books with this element. I had to go read more on A Rip in the Veil (I hadn't read the first book in the series) and I was then throughly hooked. I realized as I read on that Belfrage was juxtapositioning between present day characters in Alex's life and her current saga with Matthew. It led to an air of mystery as the parallel world continued to move alongside the past.

In this book there was just the right amount of turmoil, without dwelling on it; challenges, without weighing the book down. There were struggles, but each time she pulled it back around to focus the characters in their journey in a calm manner that really set the book's tone and made me want to enjoy more of the book. Times were hard, and as a history lover, I know that. But the book certainly presented it in way that was also enjoyable for me to read.

I love the sweeping romance in this epic travel series so far, with Alex time shifting to meet her soul mate, then traveling across the seas to find him again in Like Chaff in the Wind, all while continually finding her true self along the way too. Belfrage's cast of characters is delightful!

This is the second novel in her The Graham Saga series, the first novel being A Rip in the Veil. I didn't have the chance to read A Rip in the Veil and I am sure there is more great background to the characters I didn't know. The book started out quickly, probably due to there being a previous book, but I wasn't missing anything except for another great read!! It just made me want to go back and read the first novel due to my love of the characters in Like Chaff in the Wind, especially when I find out that Alex actually appeared in 1658 after landing back in time from her real time in 2002. I love time travel back through history!

If you haven't read A Rip in the Veil, I urge you to also buy and read that book too for the full story. Here is some info on A Rip in the Veil: [...]

I do like this section on Belfrage's website that explains overall The Graham Saga: [...]. She says there will be several more books in the future, all with GORGEOUS covers I see, that continue the tale of Alex and Matthew. I can't wait to read them all!

To see more go to my site at [...]
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Like Chaff in the Wind .. 9 July 2013
By Ann Karlsson - Published on
Format: Paperback
.. 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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