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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Silverwood Books; 2 edition (13 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781321671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781321676
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,746,026 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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. C. Fenton on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Wilson on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linnea on 16 Feb 2013
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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Historically accurate in every detail, this is a time slip novel that rips a reader from the 21st century and casts them back to Scotland in the year of 1658. It is the very year in which a great storm raged across the British Isles ripping up trees and flooding the land, and all on the very night Oliver Cromwell died. It is the year people throughout the Commonwealth held their breath in anticipation of "what now?" For with the Lord High Protector gone, and the populous wearied by two Civil Wars, a new Stuart era was secretly in the making.

And so, A Rip in the Veil begins in 2002 with Alexandra Lind, a typical 21st century woman, whom, accustomed the instantaneous age of electronic devices, is suddenly caught up in an electrical storm. Worse, the storm not only scares the proverbial out of her, every electronic device to hand malfunctions. What next? What to do? And little does she know Hell is about to open up and swallow her: literally.

In Mathew Graham's world it's 1658, and as a man given to strong belief in God, angels in his mindset don't wear strange blue breeches nor are they devoid of wings. Trusting in God and instinct Mathew sees only a woman in need, and whilst tending to Alex' needs he struggles to understand the complexity of her fate whilst his own is dire in itself. And when Mathew's lifetime suddenly intervenes and danger is close at hand, Alex knows her life can never be as it was before, not unless she can find a way back to her own time.

Fate works in mysterious ways, and as time passes Alex is torn between the past and the present, or is it the present and the past? And while she's not alone in comparing love in the past with love in the here and now, true hearts cannot let go, no matter the cost and no matter the losses along life's path.
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