Review: Revenge & Retribution by Anna Belfrage

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Publication Date: July 1, 2014 SilverWood Books Formats: Ebook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction/Time-Slip Series: The Graham Saga

Revenge and Retribution is the sixth book in Anna Belfrage’s time slip series featuring time traveller Alexandra Lind and her seventeenth century husband, Matthew Graham.

Life in the Colony of Maryland is no sinecure – as Alex and Matthew Graham well know. But nothing in their previous life has prepared them for the mayhem that is about to be unleashed upon them.

Being labelled a witch is not a good thing in 1684, so it is no wonder Alex Graham is aghast at having such insinuations thrown at her. Even worse, it’s Matthew’s brother-in-law, Simon Melville, who points finger at her.

Not that the ensuing hearing is her main concern, because nowadays Alex’s entire life is tainted by the fear of what Philip Burley will do to them once he gets hold of them – there is no longer any ‘if’ about it. On a sunny May afternoon, it seems Philip Burley will at last revenge himself on Matthew for every single perceived wrong. Over the course of twenty-four hours, Alex’s life – and that of her family’s – is permanently changed. As if all this wasn’t enough, Alex also has to cope with the loss of one of her sons. Forcibly adopted by the former Susquehannock, Samuel is dragged from Alex’s arms to begin a new life in the wilderness.

How is Alex to survive all this? And will she be able to put her damaged family back together?

Review:

I believe I have said this before that I am not really into time-travel or time- slips. I have read several and wasn’t really impressed. However, Anna’s series is in a whole different ball park. With each book she writes about the Grahams, I have been blown away by her characters’ lives and their family unit. One can tell how much heart and soul puts into her characters and the situation they are going through no matter what. And they go through a LOT! This sixth book was the most powerful and emotional one for me in this series so far. There was a particular scene I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to get through. But I rallied on and got through it, somehow. Afterwards I was emotionally spent. But what a scene! How Anna wrote it, I don’t know. As a writer, our characters become like our own family, even often times our children. Having to write what Anna did took incredible courage. I applaud her and respect her for it.

Anna, is one of my favorite writers and she is a heck of a lady as well. It was funny, because for some odd reason I thought this book was the last in her series and I was so not happy about that! Lol. But a friend of mine pointed out to me that there will be several more and I was so relieved!! I don’t want this series to end. I don’t want to say goodbye to the Grahams’ yet. That is how much they have impacted me. I can’t say enough about this series. So go get your copy today!

Stephanie Moore Hopkins

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 (November 2014) Book Eight: To Catch a Falling Star (March 2015)

About the Author

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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.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Friday, August 15 Review at Just One More Chapter

Monday, August 18 Review at Flashlight Commentary Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Tuesday, August 19 Review at WTF Are You Reading? Guest Post at Flashlight Commentary

Wednesday, August 20 Review at A Bookish Affair Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Friday, August 22 Review at Layered Pages

Monday, August 25 Review at A Chick Who Reads

Tuesday, August 26 Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, August 27 Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews

Friday, August 29 Review at Book Nerd

Monday, September 1 Review at Dianne Ascroft Blog

Tuesday, September 2 Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

Wednesday, September 3 Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

Thursday, September 4 Review at Kincavel Korner

Friday, September 5 Guest Post at Kincavel Korner Guest Post at bookworm2bookworm’s Blog

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2 thoughts on “Review: Revenge & Retribution by Anna Belfrage

  1. It would have been sort of cruel to leave the Grahams in the state they are in at the end of this book, don’t you think? Plus I would have gone CRAZY not knowing what happened to them. Fortunately, Alex shares most of the details of her life with me, and so there will be some more…
    Thank you for hosting me – and for a heartfelt review.

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    • Anna, it was so funny I thought this was the last book in the series. lol. And I thought who in the world could Anna leave it like this?! lol. I’m glad Alex shares most of the details with you! 😉

      And you are most welcome! I’m always delighted to share about your beautiful stories and to have you visit Layered Pages.

      Steph

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