In her now classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears… into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven best-selling novels, and CNN has called it "a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries]." Now the story continues in Written in My Own Heart's Blood.
It is 1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington's troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife; his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is; and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie's wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces.
The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in 20th-century Scotland. Or not. In fact, Brianna is searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family's secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy - never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself.
Written in My Own Heart's Blood is the brilliant next chapter in a masterpiece of the imagination unlike any other.
©2014 Diana Gabaldon (P)2014 Recorded Books
I loved the story, the history, and the performance of this audiobook. So much fascinating history is woven together with heart-rending relationships.
The one thing I would change in this book is what a big crybaby Claire has become. It became very annoying.
How the characters would change their whole demeanor over one event.
When Roger Mac was reunited with his kids.
No I am tired of these crybaby characters.
Of course it's not perfect. I'm sure there are many a reader who could critique this and that ... ( I do wonder how many "you all right Sasanachs" and characters shivering deprive the heat), ultimately it's such a pleasure to read and listen to and quite an accomplishment. Congrats to Diana Gabaldon and Davina Porter for sharing another exciting, passionately written story. This particular book was especially exciting with various issues around time travel confronted and I found the characters to be more personable, especially roger and Brianna than I had in previous novels. I was surprised when the narrator said "the end". I wasn't quite ready and could have gone one for many more hours. I am very much looking forward to the next installment and hope it won't be too long.
For me this was another amazing book! I loved getting to know some of the characters even deeper. I did not want it to end. I've been listening to the Outlander series for 6 months.....completely enthralled with this story line! I'm so excited for Diana Gabaldon to finish her 9th book in the series!
Thank heavens we got back to the outlander series I love. This is a moving book like the original ones with lots of love action and intrigue. I almost gave up on the series because some of the books are really boring but this one renewed my interest. However, I still hate Brianna. She is useless but necessary part of the story. Everyone else is infinitely more interesting
I've loved this series for years, I read this book 2 yrs ago and just listened to it for the first time. Beautiful. I wouldn't recommend reading them out of sequence though, you'll be too confused. But this latest installment has the most storylines and points of view out of all 8 books. Not sure if it's true, but I read that since it was the 8th book, she had 8 storylines. Davina was spectacular and has really made the story come to life.
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
The last in the line of the Outlander books and it was amazing. It held my attention from first word to the last. When it is was done, I wasn't sure what to do - these characters had become part of my world and I almost wanted to start over from the beginning. It is a truly wonderful series.
I absolutely love the Outlander books <3 It is such a great story and very well written. Davina Porter is fantastic as she reads the characters so well that you can see it all play out in your minds eye. The characters are believable in their flaws and strengths. All girls need a Jamie :-)
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