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A Rip in the Veil (The Graham Saga) Paperback – 13 Jan 2014
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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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Of course being transported back into the 17th century gives Anna Belfrage a chance to refect on society both then and now. There is what you would expect – the repression of women, the narrowness of society, but also an understanding of just how violent society was before our modern judicial system, the importance of agriculture and land, and the lack of material possessions, all things that Alex Lind has to come to grips with in her new life in a new century.
More than just a romance, this will please readers who like accurate history, but also appreciate a passionate relationship that is realistically portrayed. I appreciated all the minor chracters in the book too, such as Matthew’s bitter and vengeful brother, and Alex’s traumatised husband, as they each have a story to tell. Multi-layered and exciting, this is romantic fiction at its best.
The writing good and snappy, with original and intelligent dialogue. Historical detail was deftly placed and the characters lived naturally within their worlds and times. A good range of secondary characters made the story more complex and layered - another way of taking this book out of the ordinary. The villains are well-drawn as are Alex's parents; contemporaries in the modern age, John and Diane, less so.
The plot had plenty of twists and turns, but it flows very well and I liked the significance of the paintings. As there are other books in the series, I have to hope that Alex an Matthew survive for a while to come.
A perfect book for the holidays!
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. Thus the Graham Saga begins.
Reader note: I fail to understand why some readers have taken affront at A Rip in the Veil and thus implying it is a rip-off of Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" Series. Publishing dates are far from proof that a series of novels were devised before or after one another, and for this very reason editors at publishing houses are oft quoted as saying "books drop on their desks with similar (almost identical) plots within weeks of one another, and while one may get taken up, others will be discarded". Thousands of authors ply their novels to numerous publishers over a period of years, and few if ever are lucky enough to have their books snatched up and published. Coincidence of plots and even character names are more common than might be imagined, of which I can testify to, for a fellow author and I (FB friends) both dreamed up the same titled character and both of us were penning Regency novels, neither aware of the other's project until both were published!
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