Sunday, December 8, 2013

A Newfound Land by Anna Belfrage (book tour)

 It’s 1672, and Matthew Graham and his family have left Scotland. Having taken the drastic decision to leave their homeland due to religious conflicts, Alexandra and Matthew hope for a simpler, if harsher, life in the wilds of the Colony of Maryland.
Unfortunately, things don’t always turn out as you want them to, and the past has a nasty tendency to resurface at the most inappropriate moments. Both Matthew and Alex are forced to cope with the unexpected reappearance of people they had never thought to meet again, and the screw is turned that much tighter when the four rogue Burley brothers enter their lives.
Matters are further complicated by the strained relations between colonists and the Susquehannock Indians. When Matthew intercedes to stop the Burleys from abducting Indian women into slavery he makes lifelong – and deadly – enemies of them all.
Once again Alex is plunged into an existence where death seems to threaten her man wherever he goes.
Will Matthew see himself – and his family – safe in these new circumstances? And will the past finally be laid to rest?
A Newfound Land is the fourth book in Anna Belfrage’s time slip series featuring time traveller Alexandra Lind and her seventeenth century husband, Matthew Graham.

Silverwood Books
Paperback; 402p
ISBN: 978-1781321355 

 This is the 4th book in the Graham Saga, I have only read the 3rd book, The Prodigal Son and have fallen in love with this family.  Reading this book was like visiting with old friends.

The author has created a couple, Matthew and Alex, that are real and genuine, their relationship is not fluffy nor superficial.  Their life has not been without struggle, trials and heartbreak, but they are committed to each other and their family. While Alex is originally from today's age she has adapted quite nicely to this time period.

Like the last book, which dealt with the religious conflicts in Scotland, this book deals with other issues of the time period.

A Newfound Land takes place in colonial America during the 1670's, the Graham's have left Scotland and are working the land in Maryland. This book has more than the religious issues of the time to deal with, there is also the slave trade and the relationship with the American Natives.  The author did not sugar coat the past, but wrote it in a way that was honest and authentic.  Anna Belfrage has a writing style that brings to life the past in a real way so that I could feel the injustice and turmoil that was going on.  She has done a lot of research and knows her subject matter quite well.  Once I started this book it was very hard to put down, the writing style made it easy to read, and the subject matter really brought this book to life.

Even though this is book 4 of the series, you can read as a stand alone.  However I recommend going back and starting from the beginning, this is a series that I hope will continue.

Please come back tomorrow when I will have a guest post with Anna.

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.

For more information, please visit Anna Belfrage’s website.  You can also find her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

Monday, December 2
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Giveaway at Bibliophilic Book Blog
Tuesday, December 3
Guest Post at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, December 4
Review at The Most Happy Reader
Thursday, December 5
Interview & Giveaway at The Most Happy Reader
Friday, December 6
Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection
Monday, December 9
Review at Just One More Chapter
Tuesday, December 10
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book
Guest Post at Just One More Chapter
Wednesday, December 11
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Thursday, December 12
Review at bookramblings
Friday, December 13
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Guest Post at The Little Reader Library
Monday, December 16
Review at Griperang’s Bookmarks
Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, December 17
Review at Anglers Rest
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Wednesday, December 18
Review & Interview at Kincavel Korner
Guest Post and Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

1 comment:

  1. Nice review. I've read the first three novels in this trilogy and enjoyed them. I'm looking forward to continuing with the series.