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THE THIRD NOVEL IN THE BESTSELLING OUTLANDER SERIES, NOW A HIT TV SHOW
Jamie Fraser is lying on the battlefield of Culloden, where he rises wounded, to face execution or imprisonment. Either prospect pales beside the pain of loss - his wife is gone. Forever.
But sometimes forever is shorter than one thinks. In 1746, Claire Fraser made a perilous journey through time, leaving her young husband to die at Culloden, in order to protect their unborn child. In 1968, Claire has just been struck through the heart, discovering that Jamie Fraser didn't die in battle.
But where is Jamie now? With the help of her grown daughter, Claire sets out to find the man who was her life - and might be once again.
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Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her...and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.
Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her...the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland... and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite--or forever doom--her timeless love.
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- ASIN : B005H0CBZ0
- Publisher : Cornerstone Digital (31 August 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 7762 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 1076 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 50,614 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's clear from the deteriorating quality of the successive books that the editor won Round (Book) 1 and has been losing ground ever since. The clear, relentless and absurd unlikeliness of their plots and their tendency to ramble between the sex bits indicates that the writer is winning and the editor is on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean, dreamily contemplating her writer's next outrage against good, clear writing......whilst Jamie sucks languidly on her toes.
A great read and I went straight to the next bookin the series.
Kenzie Fraser and Caitriena Balfe as his time travelling wife, Clair
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The one thing that I found astounding about the story is the part where Claire gives Jamie the photographs of Brianna. This, I would have thought, would have produced some sort of amazed outburst, but there was none. There were no cameras in the 18th century. So, you might ponder, would Jamie not be astounded by the sight of an actual photograph? Of course, he would have! Now this, was the silly part for me.
Another major annoyance was at the start of the book, before Claire goes back through the stones. She's sitting in the doctor's lounge with Joe Abernathy and there, seemingly an awfully long time, Gabaldon reproduces the script of book that Claire is looking at. Was that really necessary? Did it anything to the story? Of course not and I don't see why she felt the need to it other than perhaps to satisfy her desire to write a Mills & Boon novel.
Claire is kidnapped by a British navy ship which is travelling far faster than than the Aramis. Somehow Jamie manages to row a boat sufficiently quickly to catch up with the navy ship. What an incredible feat of strength! It's obviously been quite a few days. Suffficient for Claire to tend to all of the typhoid stricken sailors before jumping ship, quite literally. In HIspaniola Jamie suddenly appears as the captain of some French soldiers with no explanation of how pulled it off. Hispaniola is a large island and yet, coincidentally, the Aramis lands only 2 miles from where Claire washed up.
Reading this probably sounds like I didn't enjoy the book. as so much of it doesn't stand up to scrutiny. This is not the case. One has to suspend disbelief in so many things. For those who watch soap operas, they'll know that the number of times that a character just happens to be looking out of a window at a crucial moment is par for the course. I think the criticism of Gabaldon is unfair. She is writing to entertain and that she does. If you want to read something that is completely accurate in every single manner you'd find the book the most boring thing you'd ever read and there would criticisms for the flow pace blah di blah di blah.
I've only given this book 4 stars and only this reason. The book is written in Amerenglish. The spelling drives me to distraction but even worse is the use of expressions that an awful lot of Brits would be totally unfamiliar with. And what's with this business of joining two words together unphenated. We most definitely not use the word printshop! At best it would be print shop and more likely just "printer's". Yes, it's petty. I marked every awful American spelling in pink and every American expression in blue. There is hardly a page on my Kindle that doesn't have some highlighting of one sort of another. This book concerns British characters and it should as a matter of courtesy to those in the UK (and anyone else who speaks British English) if nothing else, to have had this book edited as such, as Cross Stich was.
I found it equally as intense as the series, and could relate to the characters and imagine in my head the sound of their voices. I've not finished the book yet, only 3/4 of the way through, but I can recommend it. Diana has an easy way or writing that envelopes you in the story. I will be buying more of the books in the series, as the tv versions will be a while yet. These books and tv series enticed us to travel up to Scotland this year, we'd not been before, but found it beautiful, so much so, that we intend to re-visit later in the year. I can't say a bad thing about any of her books, if you want to be transported away to another time, pick up and read one, you won't be disappointed.
Establishing Jamie is not dead is important to the story as it gives impetus to Claire’s decision to return to the 18th century. Again, only Claire’s voice is in the first person and all Rogers's findings and his interactions with her are done in the third person. If she goes, she will be leaving Brianna alone and this idea of family parting and reconciliation is a significant theme in this book, compared to the second one.
When Claire returns nearly 20 years have passed and Jamie has undergone many changes of circumstances and how Claire comes to terms with these things that occupy most of the first part of the book. Jamie’s character has not changed and it is this sense of loyalty and duty that gives rise to the problems in the second half of the book.
Jamie needs money to settle a debt of honour and he means to use the Mackenzie treasure to pay for it. Due to an injury, he cannot swim to the island and young Ian swims the distance. When Ian is captured Claire and Jamie need to pursue the ship to rescue him. This takes them to the Caribbean, the slave trade and dark magic. It feels like an in-joke that the naturalist Claire meets on the island is Lawrence Stern (Lawrence Sterne wrote Tristram Shandy in 1759).
As previously stated, this novel is much more family orientated than the second novel, which felt more political and aloof. In another sense, it is darker, with the black magic on the Caribbean island, the pirate attack, and the typhoid plague. The ending brings all the characters together and has Claire and Jamie landing on the shores of America, ready to begin a new adventure in the New World. As always, this book is full of colourful supporting characters, great attention to detail and historical accuracy which makes it a joy to read.