Book Review: Whither Thou Goest by Anna Belfrage

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Publication Date: November 1, 2014 SilverWood Books Formats: eBook, Paperback

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

Whither Thou Goest is the seventh book in Anna Belfrage’s series featuring time traveller Alexandra Lind and her seventeenth century husband, Matthew Graham.

In their rural home in the Colony of Maryland, Matthew and Alex Graham are still recovering from the awful events of the previous years when Luke Graham, Matthew’s estranged brother, asks them for a favour.

Alex has no problems whatsoever ignoring Luke’s sad plea for help. In her opinion Matthew’s brother is an evil excuse of a man who deserves whatever nasty stuff fate throws at him. Except, as Matthew points out, Luke is begging them to save his son – his misled Charlie, one of the Monmouth rebels – and can Charlie Graham be held responsible for his father’s ill deeds?

So off they go on yet another adventure, this time to the West Indies to find a young man neither of them knows but who faces imminent death on a sugar plantation, condemned to slavery for treason. The journey is hazardous and along the way Alex comes face to face with a most disturbing ghost from her previous life, a man she would much have preferred never to have met.

Time is running out for Charlie Graham, Matthew is haunted by reawakened memories of his days as an indentured servant, and then there’s the eerie Mr. Brown, Charlie’s new owner, who will do anything to keep his secrets safe, anything at all.

Will Matthew deliver his nephew from imminent death? And will they ever make it back home?

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When I finished reading this book, a couple of days later, I sat down to go over my notes about this story. Normally I do this after reading a book I have to write a review for. It kind of gives me help in what direction I want to go with in my review. By golly, I really struggled with this one. With the story you ask? No, not at all, but with what I wanted to say in my review. There is so much to cover and not enough words in my vocabulary to express my feelings for this story. The Grahams-you see- have become a part of my life it seems. At least that is how I feel. I don’t know what I’m going to do when the series ends….except read all the books over again.

There are few series that I have really enjoyed or that have truly made an impact on my life. As I read each book in the Graham Saga, I come away with something new every time. A new what? Well, let’s see. In this book, Whither Thou Goest, for example. The Grahams show how strong the bonds of family loyalty can be and how that it can give us courage to face anything that life throws at us. To preserver-never give up- in the face of the enemy.

Okay, I can see I’m rambling… and I’m not really sure this would be considered a review by any standards…this story is something you just have to experience for yourself. But I will try my best to give you a review.

I have often heard the question and discussion, what makes for a good Historical fiction read. There is solid plot, strong character development, well written prose, historical accuracy and so on…this story has all of those things and much more. I truly believe that Anna Belfrage is about the best writer of portraying the human condition I have ever come across. I do not say that lightly. Her character development is beyond brilliant…Is that possible? Well, I certainly think so. She also has a knack for drawing in the readers to the period and culture of the time. So good in fact when you’re reading her books you forget for a time that you actually live in the modern world!

If you haven’t read this series, I strongly recommend you pick it up as soon as you can. Start with book one….and I know, once you do, you won’t be able to hold off starting up the next book in the series. Truly addictive, profoundly and emotionally told. You will never forget the Grahams.

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 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.

Whither Thou Goest Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, December 2 Review at Broken Teepee Spotlight & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More

Wednesday, December 3 Review at Just One More Chapter

Thursday, December 4 Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Friday, December 5 Guest Post at Oh, For the Hook of a Book

Monday, December 8 Review at So Many Books, So Little Time Guest Post at What Is That Book About

Tuesday, December 9 Review at Book Nerd

Wednesday, December 10 Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

Thursday, December 11 Review at Griperang’s Bookmarks Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews

Friday, December 12 Review at Dianne Ascroft’s Blog

Monday, December 15 Review at Kincavel Korner Review at Beth’s Book Nook Blog

Tuesday, December 16 Review at Layered Pages Review at A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, December 17 Review at Flashlight Commentary

Thursday, December 18 Interview at Flashlight Commentary

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