Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Quick Review: "A Rip in the Veil" by Anna Belfrage

From Goodreads:  On a stifling August day in 2002, Alexandra Lind is thrown several centuries backwards in time. She lands at the feet of Matthew Graham - an escaped convict making his way home to Scotland in this the year of our Lord, 1658.

Matthew doesn't quite know what to make of this concussed and injured woman who has seemingly fallen from the skies. What is she, a witch?

Alex gawks at this tall, gaunt man with hazel eyes, dressed in what to her mostly looks like rags. At first she thinks he might be some sort of hermit, an oddball, but she quickly realises the odd one out is she.

Catapulted from a life of modern comfort, Alex grapples with this new existence, further complicated by the dawning realisation that someone from her time has followed her here - and not exactly to extend a helping hand.

Potential compensation for this brutal shift in fate comes in the shape of Matthew - a man she should never have met, not when she was born three centuries after him. He quickly proves himself a willing and most capable protector, but Matthew comes with baggage of his own, and on occasion it seems his past will see him killed. At times Alex finds it all exceedingly exciting, longing for the structured life she used to have.

How will she ever get back? And more importantly, does she want to?

My Thoughts:  I am going to keep this review short because I will be writing a more in-depth review of the sequel, Like Chaff in the Wind, in a couple weeks.

I must say that I loved this book.  I was so surprised by how quickly I got sucked into the story and by how much I fell in love with it and the characters.  This isn't the first time travel book I have read but it is definitely one of the better ones.  I really loved that the reader got to connect with characters in the past and the present.  With some of the time travel books I have read, the people left in the present are completely ignored but that wasn't the case with this one.  That was one of the many things I enjoyed about this book.

I also loved the characters.  There are a lot of characters in the story but I think the author did a good job of giving each of them a unique personality and interesting qualities.  I do think she created a really nasty villain in Luke Graham.  I hated him!  It was just so shocking how incredibly stupid and evil he was.  I just kept hoping someone would kill him but unfortunately, that didn't happen.  While Luke Graham was the perfect villain, Alex and Matthew are the perfect heroes.  I like that the author didn't try to make Matthew into a more modern thinking man but rather kept him true to the time period.  While at times I found it annoying, I thought it was more realistic for him to have the mindset that a man in the 1600s would have had.  

The story was like a whirlwind of emotional ups and downs and the romance between Matthew and Alex was completely beautiful.  I hated for the story to end but was so excited to be able to jump right into the second book in the series!  4 stars.


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