A Newfound Land by Anna Belfrage

reviews 1 Comment 12th December, 2013

 A Newfound Land (The Graham Saga 4) by Anna Belfrage

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? (back cover)

Grahams have settled in Maryland but the situation with the Indians is starting to escalate and they find themselves drawn into it. Grahams meet old enemies, gets some new and have a visit from someone unexpected.

I have to confess I’m somewhat unfamiliar with the history of America and the book concentrates on the slavery and the indian issues on colonial America. I did find it interesting but can’t comment much about it because it was all new to me.

It’s been great to see these characters grow see their romance develop. I like that their relationship isn’t portrayed as “perfect” and they fight and have problems like anyone else. And oh, how the time flies! Ian is all grown up and married. I’ curious to see what will happen to them and if their marriage will last. It was nice to see how close Alex and Ian have become despite everything.

We see bit more about Magnus and I kind of revised my opinion about him. Don’t know what to say without spoilers so we’ll just leave it there.

Another great book from Belfrage and I can’t wait to see what happens next to these characters!

4/5

Published: Silverwood Books (2013)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 402
Source: Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

 

You can check the tour schedule here.

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.

 

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