Book Review: To Catch a Falling Star by Anna Belfrage

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‘To Catch a Falling Star’ is the eighth book in Anna Belfrage’s series featuring time traveller Alexandra Lind and her seventeenth century husband, Matthew Graham Some gifts are double-edged swords… For Matthew Graham, being given the gift of his former Scottish manor is a dream come true. For his wife, Alex, this gift will force her to undertake a perilous sea journey, leaving most of their extensive family in the Colony of Maryland. Alex is torn apart by this, but staying behind while her husband travels to Scotland is no option. Scotland in 1688 is a divided country, torn between the papist Stuart king and the foreign but Protestant William of Orange. In the Lowlands, popular opinion is with Dutch William, and Matthew’s reluctance to openly support him does not endear him to his former friends and neighbours. While Matthew struggles to come to terms with the fact that Scotland of 1688 bears little resemblance to his lovingly conserved memories, Alex is forced to confront unresolved issues from her past, including her overly curious brother-in-law, Luke Graham. And then there’s the further complication of the dashing, flamboyant Viscount Dundee, a man who knocks Alex completely off her feet. All the turmoil that accompanies their return to Scotland pales into insignificance when a letter arrives, detailing the calamities threatening their youngest daughter in Maryland – at the hand of that most obnoxious minister, Richard Campbell. Matthew and Alex have no choice but to hasten back, no matter the heartache this causes. Will they make it back in time? And what will Richard Campbell do?

Anna’s book have been the hardest reviews to write. I stated as much in this post. Reading her eight installment, To Catch a Falling Star was bitter sweet for me because I didn’t want to say goodbye to the Grahams. I don’t believe there was a single book in this series where I didn’t cry at a particular scene. This book was no exception. One of the things not mentioned in the book description is that she brings back Isaac to the scene. He is grown and certainly has a mind of his own. I was really drawn to him. I am glad she brought him out. I wanted to read more about him in her other books. What a character he is!

To be honest, I wasn’t sure how I felt about Anna taking Alex and Matthew back to Scotland. How was she going to play that out I kept asking myself. The choices and in this case, the extreme that Matthew goes to really bothered me this time. I understand his struggles-don’t get me wrong-but I wanted him to let this go and stay in Maryland with his family. Plus, it was a very dicey situation going on in Scotland at that time and dangers seem to follow or find the Grahams where ever they go. The moment they set in Scotland, trouble finds them. Then there was the unresolved issue with Luke, Matthew’s brother. I was certainly dreading those scenes! *laughing* But in a good way. That is how involved I am with these extraordinary characters.

Wow! And Richard Campbell! I tell you, Anna sure does know how to write a villain to perfection! Obnoxious is an understatement on what this man is. You will love to loath him. It won’t be hard too!

I also really loved reading about the historical aspects to the story. I was never really a fan of reading about the Stuarts in history but Anna has given me an interest in them and I have been studying up on them lately. They are just as fascinating as the Tudors! If not more. *Gasp!* Did I just say THAT?!

As I got closer to the end of the book, I read slower and slower. I didn’t want it to end. Anna has truly outdone herself again in this book and I will be reading the whole Graham Saga again!

Five stars from me!

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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

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.

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