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 bestselling 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.
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 twentieth-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.
“Suffice to say that Gabaldon's writing moves at a missile pace. . . . What is not in doubt is the panache with which her stories unfold, nor the vivacity of her characters and her skill at setting a scene.”
—The Herald (Scotland)
“Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, the eighth volume in what Gabaldon promises is a nine-book series, continues the epic saga of Claire and Jamie Fraser, time-crossed lovers, who for the past seven novels have been ricocheting between his world in the 18th century and hers in the 20th. . . . Despite the millions of words Gabaldon’s written for the past 20 years about Claire, Jamie, the ancestors, and the descendants they encounter during their time travels . . . it all boils down to telling a simple, age-old tale—a story about two people involved in a long-term relationship, in love and married for 50 years, give or take that two-century travel time.”
“You’ll find yourself sucked back into Jamie and Claire’s story without even a second of hesitation. . . . All I have to say is to jump in. It’s a fun ride.”
“What Gabaldon is is an author who found a formula that takes myriad genres—historical fiction, adventure, fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, and romance—and blends them into one (well, eight) hard-to-resist novels. . . . [Her] latest . . . [weaves] eight separate storylines into one novel. . . . It’s little wonder why for years producers have been salivating over the idea of translating Outlander to the big (or small) screen.”
“Gabaldon's appeal is timeless.”
“Gabaldon again pushes the boundaries of genre fiction. . . . a dash of juvenile fantasy, a jigger of historical fact and heaping helpings of counterfactuals.”
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