I received a free copy of The Prodigal Son from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for my honest review.
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This is my second book of Ms. Belfrage’s – I read Like Chaff in the Wind last year and found myself immersed in the tale of Matthew Graham and his wife Alexandra. Matthew is a man of 17th Scotland and Alex a woman of 20th century England. A very severe thunderstorm sent her back in time where she landed at his feet. They soon fell in love and Alex learned to adapt to a world without modern conveniences.
In this third volume of their story Matthew has been returned to his home after having been kidnapped and sold into bondage by his brother, Luke. Alex rescued him and all seems well. Except for Matthew’s assisting the Presbyterian ministers that have been outlawed by the restoration of King Charles II. He is constantly being harassed by the local constabulary and hauled in for questioning. Alex fears for his life and their safety. When they learn that Luke may behind much of the pressure their fears increase but Matthew refuses to compromise his beliefs – even for his family.
This sets Alex on edge and she finally gives him an ultimatum. Will he abide by it?
I found I enjoyed this volume more than Like Chaff in the Wind. It still had an overwhelming feeling of fear and oppressiveness due to hatred of Matthew’s brother (seriously – is he deranged?) but there were some periods of lightness and hope. I do like Matthew and Alex as characters and the inclusion of young Ian – I can’t say much about him without spoiling plot points – in this tale made the family complete. It can be read as a stand alone; the back story is integrated very well. I’m very much looking forward to their further adventures as the book includes a look at the next story in the series.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Prodigal Son from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post.