In Like Chaff in the Wind, Matthew Graham suffers the consequences of having cut off his brother's nose. In revenge, Luke Graham has Matthew abducted and transported to the colony of Virginia to be sold as indentured labour. Matthew arrives in Virginia in May 1661 and any hope he had of finding someone willing to listen to his story of unlawful abduction is quickly extinguished. If anything, Matthew's insistence that he is an innocent man leads him to being singled out for the heaviest tasks. Insufficient food, gruelling days and the humid heat combine to wear him down. With a sinking feeling, he realises no one has ever survived their seven years of service on the plantation Suffolk Rose.
Fortunately for Matthew, he has a remarkable wife who has no intention of letting her husband suffer and die. So Alex sets off from Scotland on a perilous journey to bring her husband home. Sailing to Virginia, she prays for a miracle to carry her swiftly to his side. But fate has other plans, and what should have been a two month crossing turns into a year long adventure - from one side of the Atlantic to the other.
''I felt compelled to write Like Chaff in the Wind. While writing the first book, I realised there were so many more adventures awaiting Alex and Matthew, and so just had to keep on writing. I hope readers will be drawn into the next part of their story; will Alex find Matthew in time? Will she be able to pay the price of setting him free?''
ANNA BELFRAGE was raised abroad on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, English history and Swedish traditions. For years she combined a challenging career with four children and snatched moments of writing.
PUBLICATION DATE 01 Mar 2013
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