Series: Outlander, 8
Author: Diana Gabaldon
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WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD is the eighth novel in the world-famous OUTLANDER series. In June of 1778, the world turns upside-down. The British army withdraws from Philadelphia, George Washington prepares to move from Valley Forge in pursuit, and Jamie Fraser comes back from the dead to discover that his best friend has married Jamie’s wife. The ninth Earl of Ellesmere discovers to his horror that he is in fact the illegitimate son of the newly-resurrected Jamie Fraser (a rebel _and_ a Scottish criminal!) and Jamie’s nephew Ian Murray discovers that his new-found cousin has an eye for Ian’s Quaker betrothed.
Meanwhile, Claire Fraser deals with an asthmatic duke, Benedict Arnold, and the fear that one of her husbands may have murdered the other. And in the 20th century, Jamie and Claire’s daughter Brianna is thinking that things are probably easier in the 18th century: her son has been kidnapped, her husband has disappeared into the past, and she’s facing a vicious criminal with nothing but a stapler in her hand. Fortunately, her daughter has a miniature cricket bat and her mother’s pragmatism.
The best of historical fiction with a Moebius twist, WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD weaves the fibers of a family’s life through the tapestry of historical drama.
My Thoughts on the Book
If you haven't read this series then you are missing out! I can't even believe how good the story of Jamie and Claire is at times. I've always been the type of person who hated the ending "And they lived happily ever after." Sure maybe they were happy in there life but not every moment was happy and they didn't live ever after.
So Diana's continuing story of Jamie & Claire and there family is just wonderful. Not only to they endure hardships and war but they endure unwilling separations from each other which means bringing them back together is always wonderful and steamy.
Having said that, it isn't a steamy romance novel though the separation of Jamie and Claire in An Echo In The Bone does prompt steamy moments all due to Claire believing Jamie was dead (honestly, what would you do if your soul mate suddenly wasn't dead?). And that is just the beginning.
Like the entire Outlander Series, this is one big adventure and process of living. Jamie and Claire are embroiled in the Revolutionary War which leads to some scary moments. There is mystery, romance, marriages and death. And through it all Jamie and Claire just want to go home. The real question is will they being going back to Fraser's Ridge which I'll tell you is something you'll have to discover for yourself.
Jamie and Claire aren't the only characters of focus. Lord John, his brother Hal, and John's step-son William have a story. See John is William's Papa and William's biological father is Jamie which William discovers at the end of the last book. Now we get to see how William deals with all of that. Lord John gets into a fight with Jamie over John's marriage to Claire (and more) and then ends up with a bit of trouble on his hands. Hal ends up at Claire's mercy and we discover a connection between Hal and Jenny Murray.
Then there is Brianna, Roger, Jemmy, and Mandy's adventure with kidnapping, assault, attempted rape and time travel. My goodness this branch of the family is put through the ringer and with Buck (Roger's 6 times great-grandfather) on there side things just get interesting with time and with family relations.
It was all fascinating though sometimes feeling a bit over the top but never enough to make me want to stop reading or take portions of stars from my rating.
I still can't believe it has been 5 years since the last book. After the surprise and cliffhanger ending of this book (honestly, herself couldn't give us just a couple more chapters????) I'm not sure my sanity will hold out for another 5 years. Thank goodness we're getting a TV Show!