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A flying visit back in time to 17th century America.
on 15 March 2014
Once again I’ve enjoyed my stay with time-slip Alex and her husband, Mathew Graham. This time I met the pair, almost four years after their departure from Scotland in 1668. Settled into their new home in the American colonies, with a cabin built and six children in the family nest, inclusive Mathew’s eldest boy from a previous marriage, life is tough and sweet in measured doses. Strong sons, too, are godsend, for life on the land is tough when you’re hewing crop and meadowland from the native habitat of woodland and scrub.
Domesticity in the New Americas is not exactly turn-of-switch wash days, and of ironing and vacuuming, something that was, at one time, second nature to 21st century born Alex: before she was thrown back through time to a hillside in 17th century Scotland. Memories of her past life do tug at her heartstrings from time to time. But even if a return ticket to the future was possible, Alex would want to take her present family with her and how would one explain away an instant family transported from the past? Equally, the chances are not all would elect to go forward in time, and Alex could never leave Mathew (love of her life) behind. Nonetheless, portals to and from the future exist, and an unexpected 21st century visitor brings the joy and pain of loss to the fore, not only for Alex but for him too.
The title ‘A Newfoundland’ is exactly what it says. This novel is all about the building of a new life for the Graham family, in which old friends and arch enemies cross paths. While old friends celebrate, and scores are settled with enemies, there is one that is to remain a thorn in Alex side. In the meanwhile, the Graham’s make much of love and procreation. I’m wondering if by the next book they’ll have a baker’s dozen in total inclusive Alex’ son Isaac back in 21st century UK, and Mathew’s eldest 17th century son, Ian.