Customer Review

Reviewed in Australia on 28 November 2021
Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone
The much awaited ninth book in the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, is a magnificent addition to the story. Having waited so long for an update on all of their lives, I found it very emotional at times, sharing their losses and their joys.
What enriches this volume more than previous ones, is the insertions of Hymns, prayers, blessings and incantations, many of which are in the voice of our beloved Jamie Fraser and others by Roger MacKenzie.
It is now the late 1700s and following on from the last book, Roger, Bree and the children have just arrived back in Fraser's Ridge, after a harrowing time in the 1980s.
Jamie is busy building The New House, a place that will welcome, and have room for, not just family, but friends and occasionally, patients.
Bree has brought with her a number of modern books. Among these is The Scottish Rebels of the American Revolution, written by her late father, Frank Randall. The descriptions of raids and fights in the area, comes as a warning and a terrible prophesy for the Frazers.
A regular visitor to The Ridge, is John Quincy Myers, who brings much treasured mail and messages from other parts. What he brings Claire in 1779, is a skep-full of bees and enough lore on their care and upkeep, to encourage Claire to put them in her kitchen garden. The bees are a constant motif throughout this book, and both Jamie and Claire 'go tell the bees' their news and concerns on numerous occasions.
Life has changed for young William Ransom, too. Still angry and confused over the revelations of his origins, he has yet to talk with Jamie or to be any more than coldly polite with Lord John. But those concerns are soon to be eclipsed by other happenings.
Back in North Carolina, Jamie is alarmed by the stories of Loyalist militias causing mayhem around the South. It seems that soon he may need to defend his place and realizes that he will need to find support from like-minded neighbours willing to stand with him.
Weaving factual battles and persons into an always fascinating story of life on the frontier, makes this story all the richer.
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