Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Whither Thou Goest by Anna Belfrage (Book Tour)

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?

Publication Date: November 1, 2014
SilverWood Books
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction/Time-Slip
Series: The Graham Saga
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( my copy provided from author as part of this book tour)

Taking place after the traumatic events that took of Revenge & Retribution, I was really anxious to get my hands on this book.  How was my favorite family coping with the aftermath and consequences of that horrible time?  This reader really needed to know.  In saying all this you can read each of these books as a stand alone, but I am pretty sure that if you read one you will want to go back and read this whole series.

The Grahams are a real, honest, hard working, down to earth family.  There is never a full moment with Alex and Matthew, which continues in Whither Thou Goest.  What I really love about this book (and actually the whole series) is the genuine portrait of Colony American.  The harsh elements of living off the land, with the Indians, runaway slaves, religious expectations, inadequate medical knowledge are always put to the test.  With this book the author takes it a step further and gives us a look at indentured slaves in Jamaica and Barbados, something that I was not familiar with at all. 

Anna Belfrage's writing style is one of my favorites.  I can sit with her books and next thing I know it's an hour later, it's so easy to get lost in this saga.  Her characters are well developed and the authors vast knowledge of this time period is evident here. Not to be rushed but enjoyed I know I will be very disappointed when this series ends.  But to earn 5 stars from me means it's a book that I can see myself rereading, so yes I can see me enjoying this series again.


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)

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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