When Amy Bruno approached me about participating in this wonderful book tour, I couldn’t turn the opportunity down. I’ve been curious about this novel and have really been engrossing myself into nautical theme stories of late. This story is certainly notable and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to more of Belfrage’s wonderful tales in this series.
This story takes place in the seventh century when Matthew Graham finds himself abducted and is forced on a ship that takes him to Virginia as an indentured labour on the Suffolk Rose Plantation. He endures many horrors on a daily bases and is singled out by a man who gives him the hardest tasks, all because he claims his innocence. How he got in this situation, you ask? Matthew cuts off his Brother’s nose and in revenge his brother sold him into slavery. But there is more to the story than that.
Alex Graham has no intention of giving up on her husband’s life and embarks on a journey to bring Matthew home. But this task turns out to be much more than she bargained for and finds herself a year later-which only should have taken two months- reaching her husband.
There are many elements to this story I think you will find interesting. In turn gives you a fine balance of romance, adventure, life on the open sea, time travel, plantation life, family devotion and so on. There was a couple of things that bothered me about Alex’s character but I don’t think it detracts from the story in any way. It was just a personal observation I had. I will be interested to see if anyone else-who is a mother- reading this story sees what I’m talking about.
This story is the sequel to, “A Rip in the Veil.” Although Like Chaff in the Wind is a wonderful stand alone. I feel the reader might have some unanswered questions if they haven’t read the first in this series.
An engaging tale with lively characters and as the plot unfolds you find yourself amazed how devotion and love survives a betrayal and suffering of the human spirit. If there is a lesson one can come away from this story, it is forgiveness.
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.