Once again Ms. Belfrage wastes little time with preliminaries and sets the action into motion beginning with Matthew shanghaied onto a ship and sold into slavery in the Colonies. His wife, Alex, is immediately on the fastest slow moving 17th century ship to his rescue. Lots of drama. Lots of nail biting suspense as Alex journeys across the Atlantic. This second installment of THE GRAHAM SAGA was a home run. Ms. Belfrage hit that ball outta the park!
I liked how, now and then, Alex is able to get a hopeful message to the 21st century. With various time portals available to her, she sometimes see's her family that she's left behind in 2002, and they can see her as well. Still she has no way of knowing if she's dreaming or if it's a wishful thought from her homesickness when this happens to her. And if true, she has no way of knowing if her verbal messages have successfully been heard or intercepted. Once these portals open, they come alive and try to take her into them with a great force. Alex is learning and figuring out the mystery and danger behind these time portals. While on her long journey to rescue Matthew, she experiences "thoughts" and "feelings" (psychic visions??) of Matthew and the hell he's in. And they each are so connected to each other that they're both able to draw strength and hope from the other.
This author has an excellent talent of conveying the enormous love and devotion that Matthew and Alex hold for each other. A perfect knack of relaying the velocity of their devotion. And the barriers that they each must overcome once Matthew is rescued are profound. So much has happened --- so much has changed within Matthew because of the hell he lives through. So much has been destroyed within him and he is faced with tremendous bitterness and rage at the injustice of it all. His anger towards the person(s) who contrived to have him abducted causes a deep resentment to grow; forcing Matthew to stop and think and deal with the possible repercussions should he take his revenge. Through everything that Matthew goes through, he comes out of it no longer able to forgive his enemy. Even though he's a God fearing man and holds his faith dear...he begins to nurture his hate that is overtaking his soul, vowing to get his revenge.
I loved this second installment. It drags a little bit with the hell that Matthew and Alex are experiencing and how they face each other's changed life. The point was pounded home with perfect precision...but I understood (while reading) that it was necessary for this author to convey the enormous hellish injustices that have been dumped over and over again on these two people. It wasn't overplayed...it was necessary. And yes...this story DID remind me now and then of the original
. The journey to the West Indies; being indentured; scarred back from whippings; apothecary visits etc. It was sort of like Ms. Belfrage used OUTLANDER as a guide for her storytelling...taking a few scenes from that fabulous saga and then changes it up a bit. Even so, I loved this story enough to continue onto the third installment. Ms. Belfrage perfectly reiterates past events from book #1 bringing any new readers up to date. This second installment could stand alone....but why miss out on the time-traveling adventure and suspense of the first installment? Without reading the first installment
A Rip in the Veil (The Graham Saga Book 1)
, you miss the beginning of this brilliant story.