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When I accepted this book for review I had no idea it was a time travel novel I happen to love time travel novels so it didn t bother me in the least in fact it added a bit for me but for someone who doesn t care for them it might have come as a bit of a shock I knew this was a second book in a series and I d not had the opportunity to read the first so I went in a bit blind All that being said, Like Chaff in the Wind read like a stand alone book for me I did not feel any great loss at not having read the first book in the series I do however, very much want to read the next volume The Prodigal Son I have the first, A Rip in the Veil on my Nexus and will hopefully find some of the spare time people are always talking about and get around to reading it.Matthew and Alex are happily married but there is one major problem in their life Matthew s brother, Luke hates him with a blinding passion Luke has Matthew kidnapped and sent to America as an indentured servant Alex sets off to rescue him but runs into a series of delays so that she doesn t get to him for over a year He is on death s door when she finally negotiates his purchase from his current bondholder with a payment she is loathe to make.As they try to make their way back to Scotland the hatred of Matthew s former owner and overseer as well as the continued threats from his brother get in the way of their quick return Alex left their son in the hands of Matthew s best friend and they are both anxious to see him again.I really liked the characters in this book well the likable ones anyway The bad guys were really bad Over the top bad to tell the truth and I didn t understand the motivation for that level of hate How many times is this brother going to keep at this Perhaps this is why I need to read the first bookThat being written I did thoroughly enjoy the novel With any time travel book a reader has to completely suspend any level of belief and just go with the story This was basically a good story to be along with for a truly engaging ride. Love the seriesThe story continues, well written, great history and vivid descriptions You know a story has captured you when you can t out if down. I really enjoyed this book the history detail is very good yes she did have to make a few minor changes but she explained why at the end I had a hard time putting this book down compared to the first book. Gut wrenchingI was in constant gut shredding agony the first half of this book for which I will never forgive the author Still a smoldering ball of jealousy and rage burns in my chest at the thought of it Superbly written but utterly, utterly, heartbreaking. When I first started reading Like Chaff in the Wind, I was worried it would be a little too much like the much loved Outlander series given that both center on a woman from the future who time travels and falls in love with a Scottish man from the past and both face many trials and tribulations together I am happy to say that despite the very loose connections in the stories, Like Chaff in the Wind is a wholly unique story and Alex and Matthew Graham are fascinating characters in their own right as well The story starts as Matthew Graham is kidnapped at the behest of his estranged brother in revenge for slicing off his nose Apparently there is no love lost between the Graham brothers Matthew is transported to Suffolk Rose plantation in Virginia where he is treated in the most cruel manner possible as an indentured servant The scenes between Matthew and unscrupulous and barbarous overseer Jones had me cringing at times and completely appalled at the harsh treatment of the indentured servants Unwilling to lose the love of her life forever Alex vows she will find her husband and bring him back to Scotland at any cost.I really liked the dynamic between Alex and Matthew as they seem to have a connection that completely transcends normal boundaries they can even feel each others presence even though they are separated by long distances I enjoyed the character of Alex immensely as being born in 1979 she is a feisty woman whose forward feminist leaning views are completely out of sync with the social conventions of 1661 the year she and Matthew live in I liked the shifting viewpoints between Alex, Matthew, and Alex s father Magnus in the future and thought they flowed together very well This was an interesting tale that kept my attention the entire time While I did like following Alex on her sea adventure, I wish there was a bitaction to be had during this time With the exception of one harrowing encounter later in the journey there didn t seem to be much out of the ordinary for a sea journey despite the extremely long length of this particular one Also, this is the second Alex and Matthew Graham novel and despite brief explanations and references back to the first novel to explain what was occurring in this one, I felt I would have connected with this storyhad I read the first book and then this one I kept thinking there were things occurring that I would have understood much better had I read the first book particularly in regards to the time travel and Alex s mother As I have mentioned before I am a bit of a prude when it comes to sex scenes so the reader should be forewarned that while not too graphic, there arethan a few sex scenes in the pages of this book Despite those few minor things, I really liked this story and will be picking up the first book A Rip in the Veil so I can satisfy my curiosity about how this couple s love story got started I really grew to like Alex and Matthew as the story progressed and will be interested to see what happens to them in the future review copy for tour I was hooked on Like Chaff in the Wind by Anna Belfrage from the moment I opened its pages Usually it takes me some time to warm up to a new book, but this one caught me from the start and had me hooked It wasn t due to action packed suspense scenes though, as most people might generalize with that type of statement It did move smoothly, and there was action, butso it was her style of writing that kept me reading It was quick and emotional, with characters as quick witted as the movement of her words, and was detailed in just the right measure For instance, one of my favorite characters was the housekeeper, Mrs Gordon, who partners with Alex on her adventure across the sea to find her husband Matthew She was hilarious, just like a 1600 era Mrs Doubtfire Who doesn t love jovial, tell it like it is English housekeepers, right Belfrage had some really well developed characters Alex, her protagonist of the series, had the determination of the strong women characters I ve grown to admire To give up something most dear in order to take to such a perilous journey is commendable Sailing across the sea to the New World in the 17th century was not an easy task to endure, but she did it for love What a romantic undertaking It made my heart sing.I was surprised when the element of time shifting appeared at the beginning, but I also got very excited as I love books with this element I had to go readon A Rip in the Veil I hadn t read the first book in the series and I was then throughly hooked I realized as I read on that Belfrage was juxtapositioning between present day characters in Alex s life and her current saga with Matthew It led to an air of mystery as the parallel world continued to move alongside the past.In this book there was just the right amount of turmoil, without dwelling on it challenges, without weighing the book down There were struggles, but each time she pulled it back around to focus the characters in their journey in a calm manner that really set the book s tone and made me want to enjoyof the book Times were hard, and as a history lover, I know that But the book certainly presented it in way that was also enjoyable for me to read.I love the sweeping romance in this epic travel series so far, with Alex time shifting to meet her soul mate, then traveling across the seas to find him again in Like Chaff in the Wind, all while continually finding her true self along the way too Belfrage s cast of characters is delightful This is the second novel in her The Graham Saga series, the first novel being A Rip in the Veil I didn t have the chance to read A Rip in the Veil and I am sure there isgreat background to the characters I didn t know The book started out quickly, probably due to there being a previous book, but I wasn t missing anything except for another great read It just made me want to go back and read the first novel due to my love of the characters in Like Chaff in the Wind, especially when I find out that Alex actually appeared in 1658 after landing back in time from her real time in 2002 I love time travel back through history If you haven t read A Rip in the Veil, I urge you to also buy and read that book too for the full story Here is some info on A Rip in the Veil do like this section on Belfrage s website that explains overall The Graham Saga She says there will be severalbooks in the future, all with GORGEOUS covers I see, that continue the tale of Alex and Matthew I can t wait to read them all Seeon my site at www.hookofabook.wordpress.com. This book continues the story of time traveling Alex and her 17th century husband Matthew started inA Rip in the VeilSadly, while others found this one to be the stronger novel, I have to admit I far preferred A Rip in the Veil Set in the 17th century, the story picks up sometime later months after the first book ends As with the previous novel, the action starts immediately Matthew is sold into slavery by his villainous brother, shipped over to the Colonies, where he s abused and used His wife Alex, modern lady that she is, doesn t accept this, and sets off after him This is the first ten pages From there, Belfrage continues the action rescue, attacks, betrayals,time travel, soap opera ish twists, and modern sentiments clashing with historical ones.I can t quite nail down what felt so different in this book than the previous one other than I just was less taken with Alex and Matthew, our romantic leads Even though I would normally admire a woman like Alex tough, pragmatic, capable of beingthan just a mother I was actually quite put off by the callousness she displayed toward her children After easily abandoning her first child and subsequently rejecting him , she left her second one to embark on a trip that could have killed her When she s pregnant again, there s a scene where she thinks about how reassuring it is being pregnant, and honestly, all I could think was, when are you leaving this kid behind I also found the sexytimes between Alex and her husband a bit much both in frequency and at times, the level of violence Matthew is understandably damaged from his time in near slavery in the Colonies, but regardless of the psychic wounds, I m never ever going to get behind rape, even when the author tells me the heroine is okay with it.Still, there s something to be said for an otherwise fluffy ish novel having some complicated grounding, dark emotions, and a heroine who isn t insta happy homemaker The villains are particularly evil but family ties run deep, and Alex and we the readers have to accept brushing elbows with some unsavory people Her family s ability to evoke time nodes through art is again addressed in this book, a gift and a curse that affectsthan just Alex.For a sense of the novel, the author has the first three chapters available online, and unlike the first book, this one ends on a cliff hanger so be prepared to yearn for the third book in the series First, a note I have not yet read book 1 in this series, The Rip in the Veil, so I can t comment on how the second book builds from the first I can, however, tell you that you probably should read the books in order That being said, if for some reason you decide to read them out of order, say for a tour and ran out of time to read the first, you won t be totally lost The author includes enough information so that you can piece together the major events that have occurred, however it isn t necessarily right at the start of the book so there were periods of confusion until I got those tidbits.The majority of the novel takes place on ships headed to the American Colonies and in Jamestown, Virginia A shorter amount of time is spent in Scotland Jamestown was a refreshing setting in that not many stories take place here but it wasn t the Jamestown that I expected or experienced upon visiting the historical site When the book opens we are in 1661, so approximately 50 years after the Jamestown most of us think about with the starving settlers, Pocahontas and John Smith, and various interactions with the natives It was nice to see this growing Jamestown even if it was still a somewhat lawless land.The time travel element was strong, but not so much in terms of people time traveling throughout the book Alex, our heroine, previously traveled to this time and place from the present So while she isn t currently traveling you still have her dealing with outcomes, mindset, and trying to fit in with the ways of women in the 17th century I think that the time travel element was probablypresent in the first book.While I struggled a little bit with the beginning mostly due to not having read the first book it was a quick read and quite enjoyable The characters were entertaining, the plot moved right along, and I felt like the characters grew quite a bit throughout it The main focus of the book really is the relationship between the characters.This review was previously posted The Maiden s Court Was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Matthew is sold into slavery by his brother Luke He is shipped over to Virginia where he is sold to a tobacco farmer to pay off 7 years bondage A farm with cruel masters, and not many men make it out alive However is wife Alex is not about to sit at home and allow him to suffer for seven years She leaves her young son at home and sets off on a long, harried journey across the ocean in search of her man Book two is another fast moving and very enjoyable story. `Download Book ⇩ Like Chaff in the Wind (The Graham Saga #2) ↜ Matthew Graham Committed The Mistake Of His Life When He Cut Off His Brother S Nose In Revenge, Luke Graham Has Matthew Abducted And Transported To The Colony Of Virginia To Be Sold As Indentured Labour Matthew Arrives In Virginia In MayAnd Any Hope He Had Of Finding Someone Willing To Listen To His Story Of Unlawful Abduction Is Quickly Extinguished If Anything, Matthew S Insistence That He Is An Innocent Man Leads Him To Being Singled Out For The Heaviest Tasks Insufficient Food, Gruelling Days And The Humid Heat Combine To Wear Him Down With A Sinking Feeling, He Realises No One Has Ever Survived Their Seven Years Of Service On The Plantation Suffolk Rose Fortunately For Matthew, He Has A Remarkable Wife Alex Graham Has No Intention Of Letting Her Husband Suffer And Die So She Sets Off From Scotland On A Perilous Journey To Bring Her Husband Home Alex Is Plagued By Nightmares In Which Matthew Is Reduced To A Wheezing Wreck By His Tormentors Sailing To Virginia, She Prays For A Miracle To Carry Her Swiftly To His Side But Fate Has Other Plans, And What Should Have Been A Two Month Crossing Turns Into A Year Long Adventure From One Side Of The Atlantic To The Other Will Alex Find Matthew In Time Will She Be Able To Pay The Price Of Setting Him Free Like Chaff In The Wind Continues On From The Rip In The Veil, Taking Alex And Matthew S Love Story To A New Continent