I received a free copy of Serpents in the Garden from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for my honest opinion.
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This is my fourth Graham Saga book and I’m just as excited with this time travel tale this many books in as I was with the first one that I read. I still haven’t found time to read the very first book in the series but salient facts from past books are always seamlessly woven in so a new reader never feels lost. This fifth installment continues the lives of Alex and Matthew as they make their mark in the New World having left Matthew’s beloved Scotland in fear of his life because of his religious convictions.
This book seems more family focused with relationships beginning and ending, births, deaths and injuries filling the pages from beginning to end. The family is just trying to live in peace but it just doesn’t seem to be their lot. Young Jacob leaves to see the world and all is not joy and happiness with everyone at the homestead. To write much more would spoil plot points. The evil Burley brothers are stalking Matthew with the intent of killing him and this particular plot development is one that about drove me crazy. They were everywhere the Grahams were. In the 17th century world they always knew where they would be at the exact time? A little too convenient and it got a little comical where it most certainly wasn’t meant to be. I realize a book needs tension but their appearances were getting to be almost rote.
Despite the Burley brothers I really did enjoy the book and I thoroughly enjoy these characters and the world in which they live. It’s well developed whether it’s taking place in London or the New World. You feel you are in the world with the characters as the writing transports you into their lives. I can’t wait for the next installment so I can continue to follow the love story of Alex and Matthew Graham.
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Other Books by Anna Belfrage:
The Graham Saga
Like Chaff in the Wind
The Prodigal Son
A Newfound Land
Serpents in the Garden
Revenge and Retribution
Whither Thou Goest
To Catch a Falling Star
There is Always Tomorrow
The King’s Greatest Enemy Series