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A Rip in the Veil (The Graham Saga Book 1) by [Belfrage, Anna]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3493 KB
  • Print Length: 375 pages
  • Publisher: SilverWood Books (19 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HRF36I4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,200 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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I don't think I've read a timeslip novel since the historicals by John Dickson Carr and I was unsure of my reaction when I embarked on this one. A Rip in the Veil appealed to me for two reasons. It is set in southern Scotland, pretty much where I grew up. My maternal grandmother's ancestors lived in Ayrshire near to where the story's hero, Matthew Graham, has his family home. In addition, some of my spurious paternal ancestors were involved in the Covenanting Wars, which also feature in the book. Anna Belfrage has constructed an enjoyable romance with plenty of sex and violence, always with an eye on the historical background. Her depiction of life in 17th century Scotland is well managed and (as far as I can tell) pretty accurate. During a violent thunderstorm, Alexandra Lind falls into a time portal and finds herself in the past, where she meets and falls for Graham, a landowner who has been betrayed and unjustly imprisoned. As Alex tries to adjust to life in the 17th century, she discovers she has been followed from the 21st by an inquisitor from Isabella's Spain who is pursuing a vendetta against her mother. She also has to contend with Graham's betrayer, his half-brother Luke. The plot takes lots of twists and turns before the villains get their come-uppance and the main protagonists settle for a happy-for-now ending. Occasionally, suspension of disbelief becomes hard; there are too many startling coincidences of time and space, but get over those and you have a very entertaining novel. A Rip in the Veil is the first novel in a series of 8 and though I enjoyed reading it I don't think I have the will to tackle the rest. I can cope with trilogies but another 7 books might test my patience to breaking point.Read more ›
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Great fun! "A Rip In The Veil" does not ask to be taken very seriously, and for that reason it's a lovely, sexy, escapist read. But the history beneath the froth is all rock solid -- this author clearly does excellent research and has a very good grasp of the period, which she uses to provide an enthralling backdrop to her characters.

A perfect book for the holidays!
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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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