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The Prodigal Son (The Graham Saga #3)

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He risks everything for his faith - but will he be able to pay the price? Safely returned from an involuntary stay on a plantation in Virginia, Matthew Graham finds the Scottish Lowlands torn asunder by religious strife. His Restored Majesty, Charles II, requires all his subjects to swear fealty to him and the Church of England, riding roughshod over any opposition. In ...more
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Published June 1st 2013 by Troubador Publishing (first published May 15th 2013)
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Erin Al-Mehairi
Jul 02, 2013 Erin Al-Mehairi rated it really liked it
The Prodigal Son is Anna Belfrage’s third book in her Graham Saga series, a story about a time shifted Alexandra (Alex) Lind and her husband, Matthew Graham, whom she marries in the seventeenth century. In this installment, Anna continues to give us the same well-developed characters, cherished love story, conflicts and resolution, and her usual amazing feelings of hope.

Starting the series with A Rip in the Veil, we meet Alex who is caught in a thunderstorm that suddenly transports her from 2002
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Stephanie
Aug 11, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I really admire Belfrage’s use of voice and language. She makes it so that the characters are well developed and thought provoking. And I admire how her characters interact with each other and does a good job expressing their emotions. Her dialog is also engaging and flows really well.

She gives wonderful details of the domestic life of the time the story is written in and details of what they had to endure in the regards to the government’s (Charles ll of England) unreasonable rule. There were l
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Annette
Oct 07, 2014 Annette rated it really liked it
Source: I won a free copy from The Review Group in December 2013.
Summary:
In the third Graham Saga book, Matthew Graham has recently returned to the lowlands of Scotland, from the British colony in North America, Virginia. Matthew and his time-traveling wife Alexandra have several children. Matthew has a son from a previous marriage named Ian. Charles II (1630-1685) has enforced loyalty to the Church of England. Matthew and his kinsman are loyal to their Presbyterian ministers.
The Prodigal Son ex
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Patty
Jul 08, 2013 Patty rated it really liked it
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 ki
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Grace Elliot
Feb 26, 2014 Grace Elliot rated it it was amazing
Alex loves Matthew and he loves her - but he also loves God's word - and at a time of martyrs, when preachers are executed and their faithful followers transported this places Matthew in great danger. Whilst Matthew feels he must follow his conscience, Alex can see the bigger picture and knows that Matthew's faith endangers not just him, but her and their children. Undeterred, Matthew insists on assisting preachers to evade capture, and in so doing brings heart break on his family when his ...more
Elysium
4,5 stars

The book starts where the last one ended; Matthew is back from Virginia after his wife Alex saved him. Religious situation in Scotland is escalating and Matthew finds it hard choosing between his belief and his family. It puts him at odds with his wife and causes some trouble in their lives.

In this book Alex and Matthew spends the whole book together and it was nice to see more of their day-to-day life. In the previous books has been rescuing, long separations and the like while in this
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Awesome Indies Reviewers
Nov 10, 2014 Awesome Indies Reviewers rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Time travel, religious persecution, murder, and fraternal hatred make for an irresistible mix in this novel.

The Prodigal Son is the third book by Anna Belfrage in her Graham Saga but it easily stands alone. The author refers briefly to previous key incidents in the series bringing new readers up to speed without dragging them into the past. I haven't read the previous books.

Back in 2002, Alex time-travelled into the second half of the seventeenth century. In this story, seven years later, she is
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Erin
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I've grown to love Anna Belfrage's work. The imaginative story she has created for Alexandra Lind and Matthew Graham is a joy to read, but her attention to detail and sense of history make her books truly special which is why I was so eager to read her latest release, The Prodigal Son.

The third installment of the Graham Saga focuses on the religious conflicts that marked the seventeenth century. As a result, there is signif
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Nancy
Feb 08, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-romance
This was a very enjoyable read - The Prodigal Son by Anna Belfrage 4 stars

The tale of Matthew Graham is both and sad and a happy one. The happiness is gained from the deeply abiding love he shares with Alex – a woman who originates from a time far advanced from his era of the 1660s. The sadness comes as a product of the turbulent times in which they are living. 17th Century Ayrshire, Scotland, is an unstable location to live in where religious persecution and incredible cruelty abounds, the fac
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Jess Hughes
Sep 12, 2013 Jess Hughes rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Jess by: Anna Belfrage
The Prodigal Son - A Story of 17th Century Scotland

This page turner of a story is set in Scotland during the reign of Charles II, in the middle of the seventeenth Century. I knew little about the period and even though this is a work of fiction, I learned quite a bit about repression of the Scottish people because of their beliefs in the Presbyterian church. This is not a religious book in any stretch of the imagination. It is set during a time of great turmoil, civil war and religious persecuti
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D.w.
Feb 25, 2014 D.w. rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
Here we have a tale where a time transported strong woman meets the 17th century and the 17th century just doesn't know what's hit it. Our heroine is out in her third sojourn in this tale, which can standalone, but in the midst of so much entangled in the history of one person and her family might be perceived with greater dimension when encompassed as part of the entire tale.

Alex has come from the future and met a man fully immersed in his own time. The strength of their love story and the buil
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Margaret
This is book three in The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland during the reign of Charles II. I have not read the first 2 books in the series and that did not hamper me from enjoying (and understanding) this book.

I will start by saying that I love the cover, there is just something about the crooked gravestones, the wind blowing and the bird perched to hint at the conflict, loneliness and despair that takes place.

This was a fairly quick read for me, it didn't take long till it grabbed me
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Margaret Skea
Jul 28, 2013 Margaret Skea rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy historical romances with a slight twist to add interest.
I came into this book without having read the first two in the series, so some of my reactions may have been different had I started at the beginning.

It is an interesting premise to have a 20th century heroine married to a 17th century hero and the period of the covenanters is one that I am familiar with, as is the area in which this book is set. The basic plotline inevitably produces conflict, particularly between the two main characters. There is also conflict between the covenanters and the
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Kathleen Kelly
Oct 05, 2013 Kathleen Kelly rated it it was amazing
The Prodigal Son is the third book in the series by Anna Belfrage. It is a historical fiction novel about the religious persecution in Scotland during the reign of Charles II. First I want to say I love the cover, I think it depicted the story perfectly, showing bleak times and the tombstone representing the deaths of people who only wanted to practice their faith in peace. Second, I love time travel stories. I had not read the first two books in the series, but that did not stop me from ...more
Frances Cross
Sep 02, 2013 Frances Cross rated it really liked it
The Prodigal Son is a great story even if you haven’t read the first two books in the series. I thought starting a story in the middle of a series would be difficult to follow, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The story continues to follow time traveller Alex but does not back track enough to occupy the book distract the reader. Now based in the seventeenth century, her marriage to Matthew is complicated but not enough to make the story farfetched and unbelievable. The author deliberately introduc
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Yael Politis
Jan 30, 2014 Yael Politis rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction with a twist.

This book is beautifully written, well-plotted and paced, and the characters come to life. It was particularly interesting to me as I know nothing about this time and place.

My one complaint is that it isn’t labeled as part of Graham Saga. Also, the two books by Ms. Belfrage that are so labeled do not have any chronological designations such as Volume 1 or Book 1. Even though each book can stand on its own, I think this is something that the author should do, to ma
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Linda
Jun 24, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it
I liked this book very much just found it a bit long. However, I am not sure what could be cut out, if anything. It provided a good idea of what life was like in Scotland for those Covenanters who clung to their faith, showing how the families were hounded and eventually lost everything they owned, including their lives in some cases. Since this was followed further on by the Jacobite rebellions and eventual highland clearances, I find I can heartily sympathize with the Scots who want (and ...more
Joan Fallon
May 27, 2014 Joan Fallon rated it really liked it
The Prodigal Son is the third book in the Graham Saga. Not having read the previous books I was constantly wondering what had happened previously and how this very modern young woman had arrived in 17th century Scotland. Although she longs for certain creature comforts from her previous life, she seems to have adapted very well to the hard life of a farmer's wife and mother of numerous children. I think I would have preferred to have had more details of the background to the religious dissent at ...more
Lori Crane
Aug 09, 2016 Lori Crane rated it it was amazing
How strong is your faith? Would you allow your children to die for your belief in God? There are many intense issues in this story, issues that are not black and white, issues with no solid answers. Personally, I’m not interested in political and religious views and thought I wouldn’t get very far into this book, but I’d read the prequels and wanted to continue the journey with Matthew and Alex. Fortunately for my taste, this book doesn’t focus on culture and community. It is an intimate view of ...more
InD'tale Magazine
4.5/5.0

Although this rich, romantic tale can be read as a standalone novel, doing so is highly discouraged. In order to truly appreciate and immerse oneself in the beauty of the story and the elegance in the writing, the background of the times and characters is a pre-requisite.

Read full review in the 2013 September issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Marie Z. Johansen
In some series, the sequels lose strength. Anna Belfrage and the Graham series does the opposite....it gets better and better! I had not planned to read the entire series, but now I am hooked and have to keep going! The characters are becoming even more well portrayed, the historical basis becomes more and more riveting...excellent !
Peni Renner
great description

I hadn't read the preceding two books in the series and so at first I was at a loss about the plot and setting. However i quickly became engaged in the story, due to the descriptive scenes and well-developed characters. I'll be sure to check out the first two books in this series! Well done!
Peni Renner
Jan 30, 2015 Peni Renner rated it really liked it
I hadn't read the preceding two books in the series and so at first I was at a loss about the plot and setting. However i quickly became engaged in the story, due to the descriptive scenes and well-developed characters. I'll be sure to check out the first two books in this series! Well done!
cindy hackney
Dec 31, 2014 cindy hackney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gosh!

What a wonderful book. You want to laugh, hold your breath and cry with the wonderful series. I can't wait to get to the next book in the story.
Terry
Sep 14, 2014 Terry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Anna definitely had me sobbing in this book. A sign that the story and characters really grabbed and held me. I am adoring this series. On to A Newfound Land.
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Anna was raised abroad, on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, English history and Swedish traditions. As a result she's multilingual and most of her reading is historical- both non-fiction and fiction. Possessed of a lively imagination, she has drawers full of potential stories, all of them set in the past. She was always going to be a writer - or a historian, preferably both. Ideally, Anna ...more
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The Graham Saga (8 books)
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