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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (13 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780885741
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780885742
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,211,764 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

ANNA BELFRAGE was raised abroad on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, British history and Swedish traditions. For years she combined a challenging career with four children and snatched moments of writing.

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By jane arredondo on 19 April 2014
Format: Paperback
The heroine of this interesting novel is a modern woman's woman, Alex Graham: a women who has fallen through time back into 17th century Scotland taking with her a love of cosmetics, chocolate bars and pool-side vacations. Being a resourceful girl, Alex devises ways round these absences by creating her own herbal oils and a natural swimming pool in a nearby burn. The concept of living out of one's time is dealt with convincingly. Alex has a modern take on what is going on around her, but also accepts and negotiates the difficiluties and dangers of the period, when there was almost none of the medical knowledge and basic education we take for granted. This is a heroine to respect, to admire and empathise with. So when tragedy hits we feel the terrible sadness and, like Alex Graham, want justice. Justice in those days, however, was in the hands of a few high-ranking males - something Alex cannot change.
The underlying theme in this novel is the limitations of real choice within the concept of 'free will'. Having not read any of the author's previous novels in this series, I do not know if Alex can choose to go back to her previous existence, but I suspect she would prefer to stay with her 17th century husband, Matthew, who despite causing her great worry through his religious allegencies, is in every way a wonderful husband. As a reader I wanted to know more about the origins of the relationship; how they came to fall in love. In many respects I wanted this novel to be a 'stand-alone' - it has a fascinating plot and convincing characters, but itseemed the author was holding back, not giving too much information - perhaps assuming her readers already knew the secondary characters and the established family situation. This is a great story, but it may be better to start at the beginning of the series.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Set within the 17th century this book stands alone despite being book 3 in The Graham Series.

It's 1665 and all thanks to his 21st century time-slip wife Alex (Bk1), Mathew Graham has returned home to Ayshire (Scotland) post deportation to the colony of Virginia, only to find life under Charles II is not quite as imagined. Religious strife is rampant, and outlawed by refusal to swear absolute fealty to Charles and the Church of England life has become Hell on earth for Scot Presbyterian ministers. In defiance of crown dictate Mathew shelters and provides succour to the runaway ministers. One in particular of notorious voice and with a price on his head causes much anguish for Alex.

Whilst Mathew engages in risk-laden ventures across the moors, Alex faces a stark reality from his past life that will surely change hers and no doubt that of her children, for when Mathew's ex wife thrusts Ian into Alex' care the lad bears a remarkable resemblance to Mathew. Although once thought of his own son until told otherwise, both Mathew and Alex are thrown into emotional plains of uncertainty over Ian's true lineage. All the while their love for each other is tested, not by the boy, but by events that unfold and threaten to tear them all apart. Ms Belfrage has most definitely placed an emotional minefield before her characters of which Mathew and Alex tread with great fortitude, their love knowing no bounds. This book although full of roller-coaster emotions in a romantic sense, the historical facts blend unobtrusively with the backdrop of the time depicted, so too the brief insights to Alex' previous 21st century existence. I will say this, which demonstrates the power of some novels to draw forth tears, there is one incident that left this reader as bereft as that of Mathew and Alex.
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Format: Kindle Edition
The Prodigal Son is the third book in the Graham Saga. Not having read the previous books I was constantly wondering what had happened previously and how this very modern young woman had arrived in 17th century Scotland. Although she longs for certain creature comforts from her previous life, she seems to have adapted very well to the hard life of a farmer's wife and mother of numerous children. I think I would have preferred to have had more details of the background to the religious dissent at the time in the story itself rather than as an addendum. It is a well written and fast moving story, with plenty of love scenes. I would recommend however that the reader start at book one to fully appreciate the complete saga of this family.
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By Helen Hollick on 6 April 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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!
Some series start off well then fade away with each new 'chapter'. Not this one! Actually, I'd say the opposite!
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The tale of Matthew Graham is both and sad and a happy one. The happiness is gained from the deeply abiding love he shares with Alex – a woman who originates from a time far advanced from his era of the 1660s. The sadness comes as a product of the turbulent times in which they are living. 17th Century Ayrshire, Scotland, is an unstable location to live in where religious persecution and incredible cruelty abounds, the factions of Roman Catholicism at odds with Presbyterian Christian doctrine. The well researched historical aspects shine through in this novel as Anna Belfrage portrays what it was like, on a daily basis, for the families who risked dying, or being mistreated, as a result of the principles maintained and the religious choices made by the man of the house.
The author plunges the reader into the situation where Matthew is torn between choosing to act upon his religious beliefs in helping outlawed preachers, some of these very good friends of his, and continuing to practise his religious observances which have been banned by the king. All of these friendly and supportive acts put his wife and family at serious risk of being punished along with him if he is caught in wrongdoing by the forces of the King and cause strife between him and his wife, Alex. There are many instances of this repeated in the novel, the problem of being detected a continuous one for Matthew Graham. He relents only a little when under pressure from Alex, who is essentially as trapped as he is in her own 21st Century influences.
There are some very tense and indeed some incredibly emotional moments during the long tale when events happen which are outwith the control of Matthew and Alex.
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