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14 November 2023

Book Review: : Times of Turmoil (The Time Locket Book 2) by Anna Belfrage

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It is 1718 and Duncan Melville and his time traveller wife, Erin, are concentrating on building a peaceful existence for themselves and their twin daughters. Difficult to do, when they are beleaguered by enemies.

Everything should be idyllic for Duncan and Erin Melville, now with twin daughters, but it there are so many dangerous men out for revenge, they can't relax for a moment.

I like the way we are lulled into forgetting this is a 'timeslip' story - until something happens to remind us. I found myself wondering what knowledge from the modern world could help Erin deal with the trouble she faces on a daily basis, but she seems content with living in the past, and dreads the prospect of returning to her 'proper' time. 

I wasn't familiar with the history of the early Quaker settlers in America, and found the references to racism thought provoking. Like any good historical fiction, the excellent research behind this story has made me want to find out more. 

I've been following the Graham saga from the start, and although any one of the books could be read as a 'stand alone', I recommend reading them in order to appreciate the subtle nuances of Anna Belfrage's stories.

Tony Riches

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About the Author

Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with two absorbing interests: history and wri Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England.  Her Castilian Heart is the third in her “Castilian” series, a stand-alone sequel to her September 2020 release, His Castilian Hawk.  Anna has also authored The Whirlpools of Time in which she returns to the world of time travel. Join Duncan and the somewhat reluctant time-traveller Erin on their adventures through the Scottish Highlands just as the first Jacobite rebellion is about to explode!  Find out more about Anna, her books and enjoy her eclectic historical blog on her website, and find her on Facebook and Twitter @abelfrageauthor


  1. Thanks so much for hosting Anna Belfrage today, Tony, and for your lovely review. I'm glad you enjoyed Times of Turmoil.

    Take care,
    Cathie xx
    The Coffee Pot Book Club

  2. Thank you for a lovely review, Tony!


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