A Rip in the Veil (The Graham Saga 1) by Anna Belfrage
On a muggy August day in 2002 Alex Lind disappears without a trace.
On an equally stifling August day in 1658, Matthew Graham finds her on an empty Scottish moor.
Life will never be the same for Alex – or for Matthew.
When Alexandra Lind is unexpectedly thrown several centuries backwards in time, she lands at the feet of Matthew Graham – an escaped convict making his way home to Scotland. 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 she is the odd one out. Catapulted from a life of modern comfort, Alex grapples with this new existence, further complicated by the dawning realization 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 he comes with baggage of his own, and on occasion it seems his past will see him killed.
Alex finds her new situation desperately exciting, but also longs for the structure of the life she used to have. Can Alex get home? And does she want to? (Goodreads)
Alex Lind’s car breaks down in the middle of nowhere in Scotland on her way to a business meeting. While trying to figure out what’s wrong with the car, a terrible storm springs to life, she’s struck by a lightning and pulled through a tunnel in the earth – and she wakes up in 17th century Scotland. There she meets Matthew Graham who is an escaped convict and he takes care of Alex.
Back in the present day, Alex’s family is trying to figure out what happened to her and they’re worried because she’s disappeared before which resulted in her son. They learn something new about Alex’s mother who also disappeared years ago.
This was fun to read with enough action. It’s not just about time traveling and I liked the relationship between Alex and Graham. I thought the reactions were believable and Alex didn’t spend the whole book being in shock about the difference.
It was interesting to read the meeting between Alex and Matthew’s ex-wife. I could understand Alex’s reaction. Sometimes men are idiots no matter the time period…
I had few things that bothered me one was that the first sex scene felt little rushed and little too soon. The second was how easily she was starting to forget her son. Apparently she hadn’t really loved him from the start anyway but still.
And how I wanted to punch Luke! What an idiot! I’m curious to see how that matter will be settled.
Published: Matador (2012)