A Newfound Land

Written by Anna Belfrage
Review by Liz Bryan

This is the fourth book in a time-slip series featuring Alexandra Lind and her 17th-century husband, Matthew Graham. I read the first three books with delight, and was thrilled to receive this one to review for the HNS. It is 1672. Matthew Graham and his family have left Scotland because religious conflicts are too much to contend with.

Alexandra and Matthew face a simpler but harsher life in the wilds of Maryland, but the past returns unexpectedly, and they must now cope with the reappearance of people they thought they had left behind forever. Their life is further complicated by the difficult relationships between the new colonists and the native inhabitants, the Susquehannock Indians. Matthew tries to stop the abduction of Indian women into slavery, but he then makes enemies. Where she had hoped for peace and a new life, Alex, instead, finds that death is following her and her husband like a dark shadow.

This is a fabulous time-travelling family saga to be enjoyed to the full, a little similar to the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon; although I personally think these are better.

My only very slight picky comment is that I wish the font on the front cover was a little easier to read.

Ms Belfrage has a superb eye for detail: indeed reading these books is very much like travelling back in time. I think book four will stand alone for readers who have not come across the first three, but I would suggest starting at the beginning because the read is well worth it!