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'To Catch a Falling Star' is the eighth book in Anna Belfrage’s series featuring time traveller Alexandra Lind and her seventeenth century husband, Matthew Graham Some gifts are double-edged swords… For Matthew Graham, being given the gift of his former Scottish manor is a dream come true. For his wife, Alex, this gift will force her to undertake a perilous sea journey, le'To Catch a Falling Star' is the eighth book in Anna Belfrage’s series featuring time traveller Alexandra Lind and her seventeenth century husband, Matthew Graham Some gifts are double-edged swords… For Matthew Graham, being given the gift of his former Scottish manor is a dream come true. For his wife, Alex, this gift will force her to undertake a perilous sea journey, leaving most of their extensive family in the Colony of Maryland. Alex is torn apart by this, but staying behind while her husband travels to Scotland is no option. Scotland in 1688 is a divided country, torn between the papist Stuart king and the foreign but Protestant William of Orange. In the Lowlands, popular opinion is with Dutch William, and Matthew’s reluctance to openly support him does not endear him to his former friends and neighbours. While Matthew struggles to come to terms with the fact that Scotland of 1688 bears little resemblance to his lovingly conserved memories, Alex is forced to confront unresolved issues from her past, including her overly curious brother-in-law, Luke Graham. And then there’s the further complication of the dashing, flamboyant Viscount Dundee, a man who knocks Alex completely off her feet. All the turmoil that accompanies their return to Scotland pales into insignificance when a letter arrives, detailing the calamities threatening their youngest daughter in Maryland – at the hand of that most obnoxious minister, Richard Campbell. Matthew and Alex have no choice but to hasten back, no matter the heartache this causes. Will they make it back in time? And what will Richard Campbell do?...

Title : To Catch a Falling Star
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ISBN : 9781781322437
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Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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To Catch a Falling Star Reviews

  • Erin
    2019-05-11 22:24

    Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....I’ve a confession folks, so I hope you don’t mind if start there and get it off my chest. I was over the moon when I received my copy of Anna Belfrage’s To Catch a Falling Star, but a part of my didn’t want to read it. I’ve loved each and every installment of the Graham Saga, but I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. Truth be told, I’m still not. That said I think this installment of the series is my favorite. The writing itself feels much stronger than it did in book one and I love the contrast in how these characters have grown over time, how experience has altered their views and solidified certain elements of their personalities. More importantly though, I loved how this book, more than any other, complimented A Rip in the Veil. The story brought closure to so many key points and functioned as a flawless bookend to some of the most sensitive elements of the saga. Don’t get me wrong, the historic hallmarks of the series are still there, but this time around it was the Alex and Anna’s emotional journey that struck a chord in me. You read that correctly, I did just reference the author, but in all fairness her personality and passion shines through this piece, as unmistakable and profound as the star that graces its cover. I think every author puts a bit of themselves into their work, but this is one of the rare occasions in which I felt the story gave insight to the creative spirit behind it. I’ve never been against time slip novels, but I didn’t consider myself a fan until reading these books. I’ve enjoyed each and every one and recommend them as one of the best fiction I’ve had fortune to come across.

  • Kathleen Kelly
    2019-05-06 17:00

    To Catch a Falling Star is Book Eight in the Graham Saga, and the last of the series, which makes me sad. I look forward to getting the invite to review another book in this great series. I did not start the series from Book One but rather in Book Three, but that was alright as the way Anna writes it was easy to pick up the story. This book continues the story of Alex and Matthew Graham in Maryland. Mathew gets a letter from his brother Luke, who he has not seen in twenty years, letting him know that he now owns the family manor back in Scotland. Alex is not happy at all about leaving her home to sail across the ocean to Scotland and the prospect of seeing Luke again is unsettling. The year is 1688 and Scotland is torn between the Catholics and the Protestants and war is on the horizon, another reason for Alex not wanting to go to Scotland. But go she does with a couple of her sons and Matthew. Scotland is not what they expected, definitely a lot of changes in 20 years. In another story, Alex's son Isaac has fallen through a painting to arrive in a time 300 years in the past. He is a gifted painter like his grandmother Mercedes, who somehow managed to go back and forth in time herself. While he tries to paint a way back to his own time to his wife and daughter, things don't go as planned. The Grahams must face an uncertain future and tragic losses while they need to decide if staying in Scotland is an option, Alex hopes not because her home is now in Maryland with the rest of her family. There is persecution in the colonies as well as in Scotland against the Catholics which adds to the stress that the Grahams have. Their daughter in Scotland is accused of murder and takes off and it is up to the family and friends to find her and bring her home and prove her innocence. This was a terrible time when religious adversity comes between families. I really love time slip novels and this is a wonderful series, written with amazing knowledge of the Colonies and Scotland. the characters are so well written that I feel like I know them and had an amazing time going along with them on their journey of births, deaths, love, danger and time travel. I really need to go back and read the first two books so I can better understand how Alex came to be in Scotland in the first place. I will miss this amazing family and hope to read more in the sequels that will follow, well according to Anna anyway. I look forward to reading Anna Belfrage's next work in In the Shadow of the Storm, a new series set in the fourteenth century. 

  • Elizabeth St.John
    2019-04-23 18:28

    If home is where the heart is, then I knew that I was in for an emotional rollercoaster in To Catch a Falling Star. In the opening pages, I was immediately swept into one of the most difficult decisions a traveler must make – where is home, and when the urge to return becomes irresistible, what damage is done to those who love the visitor? In Ms Belfrage’s compelling 17th century timeslip novel, not one but two travelers seek to return home – Matthew, whose love of his native Scotland commands him across the wild cold Atlantic, and Isaac, trapped in old Spain with the tools to return to his own time, but the inability to successfully deploy them. Caught between the two men is Alex, a strong, courageous heroine, Matthew’s wife and Isaac’s mother, and the woman who may, ultimately, represent home for both of them. And, tugging on everyone’s heartstrings, the children of Matthew and Alex tumble across the pages in a glorious riot of loyalties and arguments, love and desertion; a messy, complicated and thoroughly ageless study of family life.In this, her eighth in the beloved Graham Series, vivid descriptions and rich dialogue effectively capture both places, and Ms Belfrage skillfully guides us between the bleak Highlands and sun-drenched Spain, and the obstacles both men encounter on their journeys. And when Alex is reunited with her son, and Matthew is struggling to identify his own sense of belonging, the tug and pull of love of place and a commitment to a marriage makes this an unforgettable page-turner. Wives and lovers, mothers and sons---in this emotional and painful narrative each pays a price, and for some, it is the ultimate. This book is not for the fainthearted, for at times it is raw, and painful to read. But it is also a story of survival and courage, and of life itself in all its gritty reality.Beautifully interweaving memorable characters, each with their own flaws and missteps, To Catch a Falling Star is a glorious ride through the best kind of historical fiction – where the people leap from the pages and the scenery illuminates the action. I have not read every book in the Graham Series, and I was very happy that I could pick up To Catch a Falling Star and immediately enjoy it as a standalone. This was a novel I could not put down, and one I finished with reluctance. Now, excuse me while I download the next in the series. And several of the previous ones that I have not read. I have some catching up to do. In both worlds.

  • DeniseF
    2019-05-11 16:23

    I can't believe the series is over! As sad I am that it has come to an end, I cannot think of a better way to end the series. We get to see Alex and Matthew grow old together with their grown children and friends and I kind of felt like they got a 'happily ever after'. I will miss them but Ms. Belfrage gave us the perfect ending to their story.Have I mentioned that I love these books? Because I much. I thought it was perfect that Matthew got to return to Scotland; I don't think he would have ever been truly happy in America if he hadn't been able to go back and realize where his true home was. Even though leaving wasn't his choice, I think it was important for him to see that, in the end, it was the right choice. Speaking of Matthew, I liked that he and Luke came to terms with each other (kind of). Luke is still a rat bastard (excuse the language, I'm only speaking the truth) but he and Matthew at least could function in each others presence in this book. Even though I hate Luke, I didn't hate him as much in this book as I did in the past; I felt like I could finally see where he was coming from, even though I still don't agree with his bad behavior.This book was mostly Alex and Matthew's story but I loved that we got to see Isaac again. I've been wondering about him for several books. His storyline wasn't what I expected at all but I'm glad that he made an appearance for the last book. We also got to see Father Carlos again which was fun for me since he's one of my favorite side characters. One of the things I love most about these books, is how well Ms. Belfrage is able to evoke emotion from the reader and make the reader truly care about the characters. There was a scene where Alex visited a loved ones' grave and the way the scene was set just broke my heart and left me in tears. I couldn't help but feel for Alex and all of the losses she endured.Okay, I think I've babbled on long enough about this book. Needless to say, I loved it and while I'm sad to say goodbye, I'm excited to see what Ms. Belfrage has in store for us in the future. 4 stars.

  • Shonda Franks
    2019-04-30 21:12

    This is the 8th book in The Graham Saga. I have been reading this series for about a month now and feel like I am going to be super sad when they are over. In this book, Matthew and Alex are in their 50's. After locating Luke's son, Luke buys Matthew his land back in Scotland. Half of the characters stay in America, and the others go back to Scotland. Matthew decides its not all its cracked up to be, and has to make the choice to sell his childhood home, or stay in a place he is no longer welcome. Sarah is having problems at home and is on the run. Its chaos as usual. I only hope her mom and dad find her in time. Not sure what I will do with my time once I am done with these books. Happy reading.

  • Erin Al-Mehairi
    2019-04-26 19:04

    I thought about just not writing this review and begging forgiveness. The reason for that being that it’s for the eighth book in Anna Belfrage’s The Graham Saga series, which is also the last. Yes, To Catch a Falling Star is the last. Crying ensues from everyone, everywhere (cue Kleenex!). This really is a best-loved series by so many, and I am included in both the crying and the loving. However, since Anna told me recently that she may re-visit some of the characters, I’ll choose to keep hope alive. What might I think of this final book To Catch a Falling Star, this epic tale of Matthew Graham and Alexandra Lind and family, you ask? As always, Anna has great characterization. The proof of this is our connection to her characters over the series. I know I’m not the only one who fell in love with the Graham family. In this final book, we still see the enduring love and support of Matthew and Alex, both for each other, as well as their grown children.We also see a great amount of adventure, action, and trauma. I mean, Anna can’t write a book that doesn’t make us all cry and tug at our heart strings. Poor Alex is always heavy in heart over one of her children. The situations as each go their separate ways is sometimes sad, as well of course, the fact that Anna doesn’t shy away from the hard emotional scenes that include death and grieving. She writes with real authenticity and pours everything out onto the page.In the plot of this particular novel, Matthew receives a note from Luke, his brother that he hasn’t spoken to in many years, informing him that he now owns the family manor in Scotland. Of course, I know why Alex would be wary, she isn’t keen on seeing Luke and she isn’t thrilled about going to Scotland. It’s 1688 and there is religious and political upheaval. Matthew seems surprised at how much Scotland has changed, once he arrives with Alex and a few of their children. As always, it can’t be easy and some tragedy ensues, leaving Alex wondering when they’ll be able, and if they’ll be able, to return to their home in Maryland.I know Alex wasn’t happy to be going to Scotland, but I did think it was great for Anna, as the author, to let her character of Matthew return to his roots, as well as enjoyable that we, as readers, are returned to the start of it all in Scotland. It does seem fitting also, the return, as she writes in a way to wrap things up and come full circle, just as their lives have come around to older age. They need to be able to make amends and face things from their past. Matthew and Luke also having an understanding, so her story is a little about brothers too. Matthew making resolution with his brother, as well as the relationships between the sons of Alex and Matthew as grown brothers. We see love, remorse, sadness, healing, forgiveness, redemption, loss, and joy.I think that the main plot, which is really the love story of Matthew and Alex, all comes around and ties up nicely. Their love endures throughout the saga and we are left feeling that Alex’s time slip was the best thing that ever happened to her. We are left feeling good by the end, though I don’t want to give it all away, so I’ll just say that I felt it was a very fitting ending.One of the side stories I found interesting was with Alex’s son Issac, who is a gifted painter. When he falls through a painting he time slips 300 years into the future! This is something I’ve always wanted to do, might I add! However, he does have a bit of a struggle as he tries to paint his way back. I thought it was so fitting to find that Alex’s son, like herself and his grandmother Mercedes, is also a time traveler! He also has a bit of her personality! I always felt like one of the children should have the gift as well.Of course, there are several other stories and issues occurring throughout the book in regards to historical situations that Alex and Matthew’s children and family find themselves in that make for excellent reading. The action propelled me through the pages, the dialogue kept my eyes moving. I should choose favorites, but my favorite side story of one of their children is Samuel. I enjoy his story. I’d be sad to not hear of him again.Thinking back throughout the series, I do feel that the books have gotten so much better with ever increasing quality of writing and story telling, even with adding more and more historical information with each new time and place. I especially enjoyed the last few books. Anna’s writing is quick-witted, focused, interesting, and engaging. I like how Anna writes of Matthew and Alex in terms of religious and political situations as well; both characters always seem to be the peace makers or at least are very good at making each side see the other side’s story. They are able to get out of some very sticky situations. I think they teach readers strength, courage, and compassion. This final book is a true testament to a wonderful couple, one that balances out each other with fine precision, though not always with ease.Anna has created a beautifully written series that should adorn anyone’s bookshelf. I know they’ll urge to be read many times again (I don’t think these characters will rest!). The notion of time slipping is captivating, but what is truly spellbinding is Anna’s writing–her characters, her life humor, her long-abiding love story. It’s an unforgettable saga that is to be passed among generations, as time has no boundaries in regards to it.I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Mrs Sandra
    2019-04-29 18:25

    The Graham SagaIf you are looking for a fantastical escapest read I can recommend this saga of the adventures of Alex and Matthew in Scotland and the New World in the 1600's. The story draws you in and the author''s historical research and detail of life and death in these times is brilliant and makes you want to find out more about her characters - the time travelling element of the plot makes it all the more intriguing.

  • Dendelk
    2019-05-09 20:02

    If you liked the Outlanders Series you will love this series . A young woman is swept back to the 1600’s to Scotland and needs to readjust to life during this time. This is a saga that spans 30 years with all the trial and tribulations of that time period both in Scotland and In the colonies, especially Maryland and Virginia. A real page turner and a must read .

  • Robin
    2019-05-01 19:01

    Sweet ending to a awesome seriesNext to Outlander this is my favorite time travel romance . I absolutely adore Matthew and Alex story. Hate to see it end.

  • Patty
    2019-04-29 22:24

    I am very sorry to see this excellent series reach its end. I suppose it had to happen sometime but I have to admit to being sad to see these characters find the end of their literary lives. Although there is a bit of a teaser at the end of the book indicating the possibility of short stories to come so cross your fingers fans! I’ve read all of the books in the series but the first – although I do have it on my tablet. I just haven’t had the time to read it!In this book Alex and Matthew head back to where it all began – Scotland. Matthew’s brother Luke is grateful for the saving of his son so he has sent Matthew a letter giving him back the family home. Since Matthew was forced to leave a country he loved he wants to go back to what he considers home. Alex does not want to go. She doesn’t completely trust Luke, she knows the political situation in Scotland is not good and she doesn’t want to spend all of that time on a ship. Of course all does not go as planned while they are there and they soon receive word that danger lurks back in Maryland so they start the journey back to Maryland.At the heart of all of these tales is family – for good or for bad. Alex has tumbled through time because of her mother’s artwork and that questionable talent has been passed to Alex’s son. He finds himself painting his way to Alex’s time and trying to get back to his own but she has a real disconnect to this first son of time to which she does not belong. It’s an oddity to a character that loves her children so fiercely. For she does love and love strongly – it is what drives her; love for her husband and her children. Without that there really would be no stories.As with the other books in the series I found myself turning page after page until suddenly there were no more to turn which led to a real letdown. Especially as there will be no more adventures for this couple. Ms. Belfrage can really bring a time period and a world to life and as a reader you find yourself lost in time, much like her protagonist. It’s not a bad thing at all – especially since you can still take a hot shower at the end of the day.4.5

  • Margaret
    2019-05-05 16:16

    It is no secret that this is one of my favorite series. I have been staring at this book for a couple weeks now with mixed feelings. To sit and crack this baby open would mean the beginning of the end, but then there is that need to find out what is going to happen when Matthew and Alex travel back to Scotland. The synopsis does a great job outlining what is about to take place. Any author that tackles a series is really putting a lot of pressure on themselves. Especially with 8 books in the Graham Saga Anna Belfrage needs to keep us, the reader, engaged. She needs to create a story line that needs to be just as good if not better then the previous one. The characters need growth and change in a realistic manner. Was I nervous that this wouldn't happen in To Catch a Falling Story? Not in the least, I know Anna and her writing talent, this was such a fitting conclusion taking away some of the pain of its ending. Traveling back to Scotland both Alex and Matthew need to confront their past in ways not expected in a country not the same as they left it. The religious tensions cause much damage to the family and well as dealing with a brother that caused so much damage to his life. This isn't the 'happy ever after' that Matthew envisioned.Alex has a past she is forced to deal with and the dashing Viscount Dundee isn't helping matters.I could go on about life in Scotland but because not all is mentioned in the synopsis I am not going to mention it here, suffice to say I enjoyed that part of the story, it was unexpected but in a way necessary. There is closure here and fresh beginnings, there is heartache and healing.Anna's writing style is such that you just get lost in the words. It's like you are catching up with old friends as this story reveals itself. Though I am sad to see the Graham Saga end, I take comfort that the author has not stopped writing and look forward to what is coming next.This is a series that I highly recommend, available in ebook and paperback format.

  • mari
    2019-05-20 17:13

    I will admit first that it took me awhile to realize why I was so confused at the beginning of this book. The time continuity didn't seem possible and had me wondering what exactly was going on. I was totally lost. Well, turns out To Catch a Falling Star is Book 8 in The Graham Saga and if you have read the previous seven books, you will know exactly what is going on and how all these people are related. I mean, when a present day person goes back in time and says his mother chopped off the leg of the priest that finds him in a courtyard in Seville in the year 1688- that just didn't seem possible. Right?Anyway, once I realized that there were other books before this one I did a little research and was quickly back on track to enjoying this time-hopping historical drama. The books follow time traveller, Alexandra Lind and in this installment, she and her husband make the journey from America to Scotland, Matthew Graham's homeland. Their return isn't exactly what he hoped it would be. Their journey, the changes in Scotland, and their need to return home makes for a very entertaining conclusion to this series.So much going on in this one and I enjoyed it all. It is an interesting time period and locations to portray. I also really like books that deal with time travel. Seeing how a modern day person adapts to life in the past is interesting to me. I think I now need to start from the beginning. It was probably not a good idea to start with the last book, but that's how it goes sometimes. At least I know I am really going to like figuring out how this all started.

  • Heather
    2019-05-03 15:08

    To Catch a Falling just that.........another 5 STAR book to add to the Graham Saga Series. This series is so well written, making you feel that you are right there as part of the no time you are half way through the book and all you want is more. Alex, Matthew and many of the characters that you have met in the other 7 books are an integral part of the 8th books of this series. Each character, whether you like them or not fit so well together, that you feel like you are part of their family and that you want to know all about them. Alex has adapted so well to her new surrounding in the 17th Century after time slipping from the present. I always wonder if she will ever return to her old life.I am not sure if there will be more books about Alex and Matthew Graham..............but I am crossing my fingers that I see them again. I have given this book and each other book in this series 5 STARS.....but they are oh so much more!! Anna Belfrage's books are definitely a favourite of mine. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

  • A Holland Reads
    2019-04-24 15:12

    This was a good addition to a fun series. I love the historical aspect that Anna uses when writing. It is one of the things that has kept me going with this series. This is the last book in the series which is sad to know we won't have any more of Alexandra and Matthew. I did feel as if the author ended the series perfectly. Her writing style keeps me turning the pages long into the night. I felt as if in this story we got to know Alexandra and Matthew even more if that is possible and as an added bonus we got to hear more about Luke's story. I don't know what else I can say about this book other than I highly recommend this entire series as you will not be disappointed.

  • InD'tale Magazine
    2019-05-12 17:19

    3.5/5.0“To Catch a Falling Star” is an intricate tale weaving historical details from different times along with the various emotions of the large Graham family.Read full review in the 2015 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.

  • Mystica
    2019-05-16 20:07

    Fabulous family saga. Historical detail in depth of Scotland and the Colonies in the 1600s and descriptive of family life and living at the time. Complicated family relationships with the added spice of time travel beautifully blended in.

  • Indiebrag
    2019-05-05 22:04

    We are proud to announce that TO CATCH A FALLING STAR by Anna Belfrage is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

  • Lori Greenlee
    2019-05-18 17:59

    Love this series . It's not outlander but it's an enjoyable series . I like the children of Alex and matthew and their adventures

  • Marie Z. Johansen
    2019-05-05 15:22

    Fun series...sad to have end, but I like that it ended "in period " rather than moving to modern day......but it would be nice to see it continue some more.....

  • Nancy
    2019-05-02 17:03

    I read all eight books of the Alex and Mathew Graham obviously I enjoy her storytelling. Not quite up to the Outlander standard, but close.