Like Chaff In The Wind
In 1661 Matthew Graham cut off his brother’s nose; in revenge, the brother sold him into slavery. Matthew finds himself abducted, taken aboard a ship bound for Virginia and trapped as an indentured tobacco labourer on the Suffolk Rose Plantation. The life that follows is hard, harsh, cruel, and bitter. His wife, Alex, embarks on a hazardous journey to rescue him– but this achievement is not as simple or as straightforward as she had hoped.
This is the second book in a series, following on from A Rip In The Veil (also reviewed by the HNS). I think I would have settled into this particular story quicker, and easier, had I read the first adventure because I was taken aback by the sudden and unexpected time-switch a few chapters in, discovering this was a part-fantasy time-slip read. Once past that little bit of mind adjustment re-thinking, though, I enjoyed the narrative which was a mixture of romance, adventure, fantasy, history, and life at sea and in the tobacco plantations, where existence was harsh for the slaves, and rich-pickings for the owners.
I did find myself wondering, when first meeting it, at some of the seemingly out of place language, especially for Alex’s dialogue, but as she originated in the twenty-first century, I suppose this is acceptable, and the story rips along well enough to make this observation a slightly picky one – however, I do feel that mention of this story being connected with time-slip – as opposed to straight historical fiction, as I was expecting it to be, should have been included in the back-cover blurb. This would have alerted me to the slight anomalies in the dialogue and Alex’s mind-set (which is not compatible with eighteenth century women).
The nautical scenes are good, the plantation scenes evoke the reality of those harsh times. There are a few clichés, but so what? It is a good read. The cover is nicely designed, however I found the font used for the title a little hard to read.