- 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,449,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Prodigal Son (Graham Saga) Paperback – 13 Jun 2013
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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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I find Matthew Graham an absolute joy to read, and at the same time I cannot understand how come Alex puts up with him, never mind shows every sign of enjoying his company. Master Graham is one of those principled, stubborn, honourable characters from whom history is made, and given that the bulk of the conflicts of this book come from his absolute inability to compromise (and, it must be said, the English soldiery's delight in provoking him, knowing that he doesn't do compromise) I would have throttled the man by about page 75.
However. He may be a howling menace, but he is admirable, and endearing, and fallible, and feeling, and about as "real" a 17th century Scotsman as it's possible to get inside the skin of. He isn't a paper doll in tartans, or a modern romantic hero transplanted to the past. He is what he is, he's a man with religious and moral principles of his time that are neither necessarily understandable nor sympathetic to a modern reader… but they are the attitudes that he would have had, and the author doesn’t shy away from making Matthew occasionally incomprehensible and unsympathetic. He makes up for it, in other ways….
I also like the way the author entwines the Graham family saga (and God knows that would put the Borgias to shame in places) with the wider political and religious issues of the time. It would be to easy to make Sandy Peden (and, indeed, Matthew, and Joan, to name but two) into caricatured zealots, and yet although their faith is sometimes incomprehensible to us, it's still accessible. We believe in them as people, even if they're people we don't necessarily agree with.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing. Truly. Have not read a book or series I enjoyed so much for years...not since Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Historically accurate, enticingly written... Read morePublished 16 months ago by penny stafford
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... Read morePublished on 27 May 2014 by Joan Fallon
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... Read morePublished on 6 April 2014 by Helen Hollick
Too many names too slow the story very disappointing
As the write up suggested a more interesting story not recommend
The author has transplanted a contemporary woman, Alex, into early modern Scotland and far from making the book incredulous, it provides another level of challenges for the... Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2014 by J. Glenn Bauer
Alex loves Matthew and he loves her - but he also loves God's word - and at a time of martyrs, when preachers are executed and their faithful followers transported this places... Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2014 by Book Addict
Here we have a tale where a time transported strong woman meets the 17th century and the 17th century just doesn't know what's hit it. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2014 by David Wilkin