A Rip in the Veil by 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?

I'm not sure how I stumbled upon this book, but I'm glad I did.  I really enjoyed it.

Alex is a modern girl, with modern problems and right now she is late for a very important meeting!  And this thunderstorm is NOT helping her.  None of her gadgets work and she needs to get to the meeting.  One step out of the car and her life changes forever.  She is no longer a modern girl with modern problems.  Now she is a modern girl living in the past.

Michael happens to find Alex lying in a field, badly hurt.  He can't just leave her there, someone could hurt her.  Together they trek to his home, building a friendship and love affair as they go.  They learn each other's lives thru stories.  At first, Michael isn't sure what to make of the woman dressed in men's clothing, but then he realizes, it doesn't matter, she is still a beautiful female who deserves respect.  Temptations and lust can no longer hold him back from taking her, but she seems okay with it and quickly an agreement is struck.  She will wed him, live with him, bear him sons and he will keep her safe.  But can he?  There are bad forces at home that will keep them apart if they are not controlled.  Secrets from the past, tat keep resurfacing could tear them apart.  

There are many obstacles in their life already, but coming home to Michael's family home tosses them a curve ball that neither are expecting.  Is Michael over his ex-wife?  Or is he replacing her with a newer version?  

Can Alex ever get back home to her family?  Or is she stuck here with Michael?  Not only that, but does she want to go home?  Or is she happy here?  So many questions.

I really enjoyed this book.  I especially liked how Michael and Alex got to know each other thru their backstories.  My heart broke for Alex when she spoke of her family.  Terrible.  I will admit I didn't care about the story with her mom, Mercedes.  That didn't interest me at all, I found myself skimming that.  Hurrying to get back to Michael and Alex.  His brother, Luke was ruthless.  Holy crap!  How Michael didn't run him through is beyond me.  My patience would have waned with that prick. 

yes, I'll be reading the rest of the series.  I enjoyed it that much.  Curious to see how Alex and Michael fair.  Should be interesting.