There is Always a Tomorrow

The Graham Saga Book 9

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
487 Pages
Reviewed on 11/07/2017
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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite

Alex Graham may have ended up in 17th century Maryland by a quirk of time, but she has made her home there with her husband Matthew, their ten children and innumerable grandchildren. There is Always a Tomorrow by Anna Belfrage is the ninth book in The Graham Saga, which follows Alex after her journey back through time and her life in the 1600s. The Grahams farm an area in Maryland, which was once a Catholic stronghold, but has now been taken over by the puritanical Presbyterians who are rabidly anti Papist. Against this backdrop we also travel to England, where two of the Graham children are living and being looked after by Matthew’s brother. We also follow Samuel, another Graham child who has been adopted by the local Indian tribe. The Grahams close friend, a Catholic priest, Carlos Munoz, has been betrayed to the authorities by one of their own sons and the hunt is on to catch and deal with the one-legged priest.

Although There is Always a Tomorrow is the ninth book in this series, there is no need to have read the earlier books to enjoy this one. It stands alone as a self-contained story. I found Anna Belfrage’s characters to be well created and to each have a respective place within the story. My only problem was the sheer number of characters, with the children, grandchildren and sundry relatives often making me pause and ask, “Now who is that?” Without being an expert on the period under writing, I felt the setting was authentic and the research done by the author comprehensive in understanding the locale, the feeling of the population and the general ambiance of 17th century Colonial America. I haven’t read any of Belfrage’s work before, but this was easy to read and exciting enough to keep me fully engaged throughout. I have little doubt I will read more of this author in the future.

Rabia Tanveer

I remember reading A Rip in the Veil two or more years ago and I remember falling in love with Alex and Matthew. Long before I read The Time Traveler's Wife and the Outlander series, I was introduced to the time travel genre by Anna Belfrage. There is Always a Tomorrow: The Graham Saga, Book 9 by Anna Belfrage is the continuation of Matthew and Alex’s story. They have come a long way from the time when the strange Alex travels through time and falls right in front of Matthew as he is on his way back home.

Alex and Matthew are living a relatively peaceful life. They thought that they would live out the rest of their days, loving their ever growing family; however, they had no idea that they have a lot more life to live out and their children still need them. When their son put his friend, Carlos, in a dangerous position, Matthew and Alex are ready to protect and help the man, even if it means that they will have to sacrifice their peace. While they are trying to help Carlos, they might have a granddaughter who needs their help. Can they bring their family together (even a long lost member living in London)? Or is this finally the point in their lives when they cannot help their children anymore?

Even after all these years, Anna Belfrage actually made me feel like I was meeting an old friend. I loved how Matthew and Alex have grown. Matthew is no longer that once-convict and he has grown into a loving family man. Alex has grown to be perfect for her husband and a lot more comfortable in her skin and in the time period. Together they wove magic yet again and I was unable to put the book down. I loved meeting these characters once more. I had a big smile on my face throughout the novel! Such a wonderful continuation! I loved every word.

Christian Sia

There is Always a Tomorrow by Anna Belfrage is book 9 in The Graham Saga, an engaging story with a powerful historical and political setting against the backdrop of the 17th century colony of Maryland. The colony is still experiencing the repercussions of Coode’s Rebellion and religious conflicts are rife. Alex and Matthew Graham didn't expect to become involved in the struggle, but when their friend, Carlos Muñoz, is betrayed by their son, they know they have to save him. While they are desperate to help Carlos, a young woman, Rachel, is undergoing a tumultuous time in her life in London, and she could be in grave danger. The only people who can help her are her grandparents, Alex and Matthew. Will they find out about her existence and get involved before her life falls to pieces?

There is Always a Tomorrow is a powerful historical novel that explores a family saga, religious conflict, and family relationships. The reader is transported to an exciting historical period with characters they will be keen to know — well-developed with solid backgrounds. The historical references are strong and there is no doubt that the story is well-researched. The dialogues — just like the diction — reflect the culture of the time and readers will feel as though they are interacting with characters from another era. Anna Belfrage has a gift for great historical settings, but her gift for character takes precedence. She opens worlds for readers to explore, succeeding in keeping them engaged throughout the entire narrative. This is yet another interesting novel from a skilled author.