Publication Date: March 1, 2015
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Series: Book Eight, The Graham Saga
Genre: Historical Fiction/Time-Slip
To Catch a Falling Star is the eighth book in Anna Belfrage’s series featuring time traveller Alexandra Lind and her seventeenth century husband, Matthew Graham.
Some gifts are double-edged swords …
For Matthew Graham, being given the gift of his former Scottish manor is a dream come true. For his wife, Alex, this gift will force her to undertake a perilous sea journey, leaving most of their extensive family in the Colony of Maryland. Alex is torn apart by this, but staying behind while her husband travels to Scotland is no option.
Scotland in 1688 is a divided country, torn between the papist Stuart king and the foreign but Protestant William of Orange. In the Lowlands, popular opinion is with Dutch William, and Matthew’s reluctance to openly support him does not endear him to his former friends and neighbours.
While Matthew struggles to come to terms with the fact that Scotland of 1688 bears little resemblance to his lovingly conserved memories, Alex is forced to confront unresolved issues from her past, including her overly curious brother-in-law, Luke Graham. And then there’s the further complication of the dashing, flamboyant Viscount Dundee, a man who knocks Alex completely off her feet.
All the turmoil that accompanies their return to Scotland pales into insignificance when a letter arrives, detailing the calamities threatening their youngest daughter in Maryland – at the hand of that most obnoxious minister, Richard Campbell. Matthew and Alex have no choice but to hasten back, no matter the heartache this causes.
Will they make it back in time? And what will Richard Campbell do?
Oh no! Here I am with another book in a series…and I am way out of order with it. There’s eight books in total and ya’ll….this is number eight. At least I’m consistant in my track record. I read number seven too; but I really do recommend reading the whole series, which I”m working on. Despite me being a fool, I’m glad to say that I was turned onto these books at all. So, I’m late to the party, but at least I’m part of it, right? Right. That being said, let’s hop into it.
The synopsis is actually rather perfect because it gives you the gist of what is going on. So I’ll tell you why I enjoyed it so much instead of rehashing details that are already here. Ms. Belfrage, who I have the pleasure of speaking with, has a way with words. You know when you walk into a room where your friends are and it’s that warm, inviting and happy feeling? That’s how I feel when I’m reading her books. Her characters feel like old friends and the story just easily flows from her skillful use of words. Not just words, the actions, the emotions…these aren’t books that one just reads–they’re really a beautiful experience and even though I know the ending to the series, starting from the beginning, I’m sure I’ll have that same experience. I can’t tell you how much I love how well developed the characters are and how the scenery described feels so real.
You’d be doing yourself a major disservice if you missed out on this one, I tell you.
Recommend: Yes. Highly!
Do I own this?: Yes, a copy was provided for a fair and honest review.
Would I buy this? Yes, I absolutely would. I’m going to buy the other books in the series.
Similar books: The Outlander Series.
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Graham Saga Titles
Book One: A Rip in the Veil
Book Two: Like Chaff in the Wind
Book Three: The Prodigal Son
Book Four: A Newfound Land
Book Five: Serpents in the Garden
Book Six: Revenge & Retribution
Book Seven: Whither Thou Goest
Book Eight: To Catch a Falling Star
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.
I was always going to be a writer – or a historian, preferably both. Instead I ended up with a degree in Business and Finance, with very little time to spare for my most favourite pursuit. Still, one does as one must, and in between juggling a challenging career I raised my four children on a potent combination of invented stories, historical debates and masses of good food and homemade cakes. They seem to thrive … Nowadays I spend most of my spare time at my writing desk. The children are half grown, the house is at times eerily silent and I slip away into my imaginary world, with my imaginary characters. Every now and then the one and only man in my life pops his head in to ensure I’m still there. I like that – just as I like how he makes me laugh so often I’ll probably live to well over a hundred.
I was always going to be a writer. Now I am – I have achieved my dream.
For more information, please visit Anna Belfrage’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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