14 December 2013

A Newfound Land by Anna Belfrage Virtual Book Tour Review!!


Publication: November 1, 2013
Matador Publishing
Paperback; 402p
ISBN: 978-1781321355

It’s 1672, and Matthew Graham and his family have left Scotland. Having taken the drastic decision to leave their homeland due to religious conflicts, Alexandra and Matthew hope for a simpler, if harsher, life in the wilds of the Colony of Maryland.
Unfortunately, things don’t always turn out as you want them to, and the past has a nasty tendency to resurface at the most inappropriate moments. Both Matthew and Alex are forced to cope with the unexpected reappearance of people they had never thought to meet again, and the screw is turned that much tighter when the four rogue Burley brothers enter their lives.
Matters are further complicated by the strained relations between colonists and the Susquehannock Indians. When Matthew intercedes to stop the Burleys from abducting Indian women into slavery he makes lifelong – and deadly – enemies of them all.
Once again Alex is plunged into an existence where death seems to threaten her man wherever he goes.
Will Matthew see himself – and his family – safe in these new circumstances? And will the past finally be laid to rest?
A Newfound Land is the fourth book in Anna Belfrage’s time slip series featuring time traveller Alexandra Lind and her seventeenth century husband, Matthew Graham.

About the Author

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.  You can also find her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

Link to Tour Schedule: http://hfvirtualbooktours.com/anewfoundlandtour/
Twitter Hashtag: #NewfoundLandTour

My Thoughts:

"A Newfound Land is the fourth book in Anna Belfrage's time slip series featuring time traveller Alexandra Lind and her seventeenth century husband, Matthew Graham".

The story of Matthew and Alex continue in Newfound Land by Anna Belfrage in the Colony of Maryland in 1672.
The family has been successful, in their new land as land owners but they find that their enemies have found them again. Men who are greedy and vengeful against the Graham family. Alex's father, Magnus has joined the family. He wanted to see Alex again before he died of the cancer that is taking over his body. Alex and Matthew now have eight children, the older son Ian, gets married. In a time of unrest, what with slave traders, men capturing white women, young boys disappearing and Indian treaties being disregarded by the white man, the Graham's have a myriad of issues to contend with. They have made friends with the Susquehannock tribe in the area so that does help when the Burley brothers come looking for Matthew to settle an old score. 

This is a wonderful family saga that rivals other time travel books like Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. With an eye for historical detail and family life during this time period, Ms. Belfrage has written a very readable saga that is sure to appeal to the historical fiction fan. I only wish I had read the first two books in the series..so I would know the back story, but I will remedy that one day. I look forward to reading the next book, Serpents in the Garden.

I received this book as part of the tour from the author and was not monetarily compensated for my review..

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