HFVBT Presents: Revenge and Retribution

02_Revenge & Retribution Revenge & Retribution, Book Six of the Graham Saga, from August 15 – September 5.
Publication Date: July 1,2014
SilverWood Books
Formats: Ebook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction/Time-Slip
Series: The Graham Saga
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Revenge and Retribution is the sixth book in Anna Belfrage’s time slip series featuring time traveller Alexandra Lind and her seventeenth century husband, Matthew Graham.
Life in the Colony of Maryland is no sinecure – as Alex and Matthew Graham well know. But nothing in their previous life has prepared them for the mayhem that is about to be unleashed upon them.
Being labelled a witch is not a good thing in 1684, so it is no wonder Alex Graham is aghast at having such insinuations thrown at her. Even worse, it’s Matthew’s brother-in-law, Simon Melville, who points finger at her.
Not that the ensuing hearing is her main concern, because nowadays Alex’s entire life is tainted by the fear of what Philip Burley will do to them once he gets hold of them – there is no longer any ‘if’ about it. On a sunny May afternoon, it seems Philip Burley will at last revenge himself on Matthew for every single perceived wrong. Over the course of twenty-four hours, Alex’s life – and that of her family’s – is permanently changed.
As if all this wasn’t enough, Alex also has to cope with the loss of one of her sons. Forcibly adopted by the former Susquehannock, Samuel is dragged from Alex’s arms to begin a new life in the wilderness.
How is Alex to survive all this? And will she be able to put her damaged family back together?

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 (November 2014)
Book Eight: To Catch a Falling Star (March 2015)

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About the Author

Anna BelfrageI 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.

My Thoughts
Revenge and Retribution is the 6th offering in the sweeping time travel saga of the Graham clan,
and to say that things have come a long way since Alex and Matthew spent all that time together, holed up in that cave in book 1, would be quite the understatement.
 
Leading lady Alex Lind, now Alex Graham, is  52, and very at home as a wife and mother to Matthew's expansive brood.
Though it appears, and several steamy love scenes can attest that the love and passion between Alex and her Scottish man is as hot as ever;  life for this family is far from tranquil.
Whether it be a feud with the Burleys, the threat of Native American uprisings, the loss of a son, being labeled a witch, or worse.
The Grahams manage to persevere through it all.
But for how much longer, and at what final cost?
Being in the middle of reading this series (somewhere around book 3) and having jump ahead a few books, has granted me the opportunity to witness the immense growth and polishing of this series over time.
Having had the pleasure of experiencing both present and past time periods expressed in this author's writings, I find that the past is where the lyrical and flowing descriptiveness of her prose is best allowed to shine.
The time spent with author Belfrage's characters in the 17th century, has been some of the best of my long and varied history as a reader.  Her settings, character expression, and interaction (both reader/character and character/character) is without equal, pulling the reader into the story from page 1.
Let's not forget the drama!  
Births, deaths, lies, secrets, betrayals...the list is endless!
This is a book and a series that will take both your heart and your head to places both light and dark, disheartening and uplifting, fantastic and frightening, but all utterly unforgettable!
 
 *Reviewer's Note
This series contains 6 volumes to date, which may be read in part or as a whole.  It is this reviewers strong suggestion however, that said series be read in its intended order to preserve the continuity of the story line, and to maximize reader enjoyment.  

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Friday, August 15
Review at Just One More Chapter
Monday, August 18
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Tuesday, August 19
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Guest Post at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, August 20
Review at A Bookish Affair
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Friday, August 22
Review at Layered Pages
Monday, August 25
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, August 26
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, August 27
Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews
Friday, August 29
Review at Book Nerd
Monday, September 1
Review at Dianne Ascroft Blog
Tuesday, September 2
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Wednesday, September 3
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Thursday, September 4
Review at Kincavel Korner
Friday, September 5
Guest Post at Kincavel Korner
Guest Post at bookworm2bookworm’s Blog

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1 comments:

annabelfrage said...

Thank you for a wonderful review!

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