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text 2018-11-02 19:34
A Torch in His Heart - Anna Belfrage

Torch in His Heart by Anna Belfrage is a time slip story of Jason, Helle and Sam. The two men have been searching for Helle for over 2000 years. In an earlier life, as a young girl, Helle had died, Currently, Helle is a successful woman and starts working for Sam. In a short time, Sam starts to show his true self, being sexually intrusive, making things very difficult for Helle, that he will have Helle no matter what, even if it means killing Jason and forcing Helle to do as he wishes. Nothing matters to Sam then to have what he has been after for so long. Helle tried to quit her job but Sam is insistent that she keep working for him. She finally has the courage to just not report to work and take her chances with Jason. After that the friction between the three increases until Jason and Helle are fighting for their lives

 

Helle had few memories of her long ago past, or any other lives she had, Jason fills her in on most everything, he does keep from her how serious Sam is to fulfill his destiny. It takes Helle awhile to come to terms with what is happening. What transpires is a dangerous, suspenseful paranormal steamy romance that will keep you turning the pages. I have read everything, except for a novel or two in her Graham saga and I have to say that she never disappoints. I love a time travel story and this one is unique in that it involves more than one past live. 

 

I look forward to the next in the series, The Wanderer which continues the story of Jason and Helle. 

 

 

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review 2018-02-15 06:42
In the Shadow of the Storm by Anna Belfrage
In the Shadow of the Storm - Anna Belfrage

***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

DNF @ 20%

This is supposed to be a historical novel with a romantic undertone, but except for it being set in the Medieval times and featuring a female and male protagonists, there wasn't much "history" happening.

There was an arranged marriage, a switch of bride with a husband not being very gentle on the wedding night because he thought his new wife wasn't a virgin, some wife-beating, jealousy coming out of the left field, inability to communicate, silent treatment...All in the first 20% of the book with the supposed historical environment and background conspicuously absent.

The hero was an asshole, most of the heroine's family were hypocritical bastards, the heroine was quite a shrinking violet, both protagonists were suddenly in love...And I was bored.

There was nothing really wrong with the narrative style (except for the rather jagged feeling in some scenes; it looked like there were pieces missing like they were ruthlessly edited without bothering to smooth out the edges), it were the characters and the story itself that were the problem, so I threw in the towel.

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review 2016-09-29 19:48
Days of Sun and Glory by Anna Belfrage
Days of Sun and Glory: The King's Greatest Enemy #2 - Anna Belfrage

It was great to see that Adam and Kit have managed to get such a happy marriage despite the way it started. It’s not all happy times but they’re still there for each other and I love their relationship.

 

I wasn’t a fan of Mortimer in book 1 and I’m still not but I was waiting to see how Adam would feel about the future and Mortimer’s role in it. It seems Adam has chosen prince Edward’s side and I’m glad about that. I wonder how that will go in the future.

 

I was so glad that Joan didn’t just forgive her husband all the misery he had cost her. I’ve always wondered what she thought about all that Mortimer was doing and his affair with the queen.

 

I liked the future Edward III and I hope we’ll see much more about him in the next book. I felt bad for Hugh Despenser but then again I have a soft spot for him. This isn’t my view of him in the book but it worked here.

 

Another great book by Anna Belfrage and this was even better than the previous book. I just wanted to keep reading! I really loved this and I can’t wait for the next book.

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review 2016-09-20 17:22
Days of Sun and Glory, book two!
Days of Sun and Glory: The King's Greatest Enemy #2 - Anna Belfrage

Days of Sun and Glory is the continuing story of  Adam de Guirande and his wife Kit. Because of Adam's support of Roger Mortimer, he is on the edge of being considered a traitor and is the sworn enemy of Hugh Despenser.  King Edward is pretty much at the command of Despenser and because of this not a fan of his people. 

Edward II also called Edward of Caernarfon, was King of England from 1307 until he was deposed in January 1327 by Roger Mortimer.

Hugh le Despenser, 1st Lord Despenser also referred to as "the younger Despenser",He was a royal chamberlain and a favourite of Edward II of England.

Roger de Mortimer, 3rd Baron Mortimer, 1st Earl of March  was an English nobleman and powerful Marcher lord  married to the wealthy heiress Joan de Geneville. Roger Mortimer was imprisoned in the Tower after an unsuccessful revolt against the king but did escape to France and was joined by Queen Isabella.

Queen Isabella, anxious to escape from her husband, obtained his consent to her going to France to use her influence with her brother, King Charles IV, in favour of peace. At the French court the queen found Roger Mortimer, who became her lover soon afterwards. At his instigation, she refused to return to England so long as the Despensers retained power as the king's favourites. She kept her son Prince Edward of Windsor with her in France, even arranging a marriage for him.

Adam and Kit are constantly hounded and threatened by Dispenser and since Adam has pledged his loyalty to Price Edward, where the prince goes he goes. Adam and Kit suffer at the hands of the cruel Despenser, having their two children taken away by Despenser to ensure his loyalty to the king. Because of the life they have to lead, Kit has a child that died shortly after birth so their mutual hatred of Despenser grows. They face separation, threats against those they love and loyalties to the king. Will all the political intrigues and treachery tear them apart? Well with their love for each other on their side, I hope not.

Anna's writing is amazing, she has such an attention to detail and her research is impeccable. When an author can have me immersed in the story and when I don't want to put the book down, to me that is what a great storyteller is. I eagerly await the continued story of Adam and Kit in the next book Under the Approaching Dark.


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review 2016-09-03 10:08
A Rip in the Veil by Anna Belfrage
A Rip in the Veil (Graham Saga) - Anna Belfrage

A Rip in the Veil is the first book in The Graham Saga, Anna Belfrage's time slip series featuring time traveller Alexandra Lind and her seventeenth century husband, Matthew Graham.

On a muggy August day in 2002 Alexandra Lind is inexplicably thrown several centuries backwards in time to 1658. Life will never be the same for Alex. Alex lands at the feet of Matthew Graham - an escaped convict making his way home to Scotland. She gawks at this tall gaunt man with hazel eyes, dressed in what looks like rags. At first she thinks he might be some sort of hermit, an oddball, but she quickly realises that she is the odd one out, not him. Catapulted from a life of modern comfort, Alex grapples with her frightening new existence. 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. But Matthew comes with baggage of his own, and at times it seems his past will see them killed. How will she ever get back? And more importantly, does she want to?

 
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I think that the idea of time travel is one of the most interesting ideas when it comes to books. I mean going back in time and having to experience a time you only have read about in history books are tantalizing. And, Anna Belfrage has with A Rip in the Veil portrait it very well. So well that I'm not sure I would like to travel back in time, even if that means meeting a hot Scotsman. It's a very rough time and let's face it, women in the seventeenth century are nothing more than a property of either their father or their husband. Alex Lind was lucky meeting Matthew Graham since he isn't that bad, but still, he is a seventeenth-century man with the opinions from that time. And Alex, well she isn't really used to the life at that time. So, there are some clashes between them.

What really fascinated me with this book was actually Alex mother Mercedes and her story. I was curious to how she came to disappear some years before Alex herself disappeared and then I learned the truth about how and why and I was engrossed. I'm of the opinion that the less you know about a story the better so I will just leave it there. I just want to say that the twist to the story, the revelation about Mercedes, well I loved that.

The whole time travel thing, how Alex could travel back in time is connected to Mercedes so I can't say too much about that either. However, I liked how it was done, it was a great way of explaining how someone could travel back in time.

As I wrote before this book got me thinking that travel back in time is perhaps not the best idea. Not even meeting a Scotsman that looks like David Tennant or Douglas Henshall. Alex may find herself drawn to Matthew, but the loss of her "future" family is hard on her and having to adjust to her new life is not easy. Personally, the thing that made me shiver with horror was the fact how few books you could read if you even could read.

A Rip in the Veil is the first in The Graham Saga and I quite enjoyed reading the book. I especially liked that Belfrage didn't try to glamorize the past. Matthew and Alex had to tackle some serious problem and life was not always that great...
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