Thursday, May 7, 2015

To Catch a Falling Star by Anna Belfrage

To Catch a Falling Star by Anna Belfrage
420 pages, eBook and Paperback
Published March 2015, SilverWood Books
Genre: Historical Fiction/ Time-Slip

Source: Received from publisher for review

My Review

I will admit first that it took me awhile to realize why I was so confused at the beginning of this book. The time continuity didn't seem possible and had me wondering what exactly was going on. I was totally lost. 

Well, turns out To Catch a Falling Star is Book 8 in The Graham Saga and if you have read the previous seven books, you will know exactly what is going on and how all these people are related. I mean, when a present day person goes back in time and says his mother chopped off the leg of the priest that finds him in a courtyard in Seville in the year 1688- that just didn't seem possible. Right?

Anyway, once I realized that there were other books before this one I did a little research and was quickly back on track to enjoying this time-hopping historical drama. The books follow time traveller, Alexandra Lind and in this installment, she and her husband make the journey from America to Scotland, Matthew Graham's homeland. Their return isn't exactly what he hoped it would be. 

Their journey, the changes in Scotland, and their need to return home makes for a very entertaining conclusion to this series.
So much going on in this one and I enjoyed it all. It is an interesting time period and locations to portray. I also really like books that deal with time travel. Seeing how a modern day person adapts to life in the past is interesting to me. I think I now need to start from the beginning. It was probably not a good idea to start with the last book, but that's how it goes sometimes. At least I know I am really going to like figuring out how this all started.

Here is the list of the previous books in the series. 

The Graham Saga books (1-7)

A Rip in the Veil
Like Chaff in the Wind
The Prodigal Son
A Newfound Land
Serpents in the Garden
Revenge and Retribution
Whither Thou Goest

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 and blog. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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