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.
This book was AUH-MAZING.
“I have loved others, and I do love many, Sassenach—but you alone hold all my heart, whole in your hands,” he said softly. “And you know that. “
I feel free and yet, I don’t have a clue what to do with my life after this incredible journey! I’m beyond attached to all these amazing characters as if they were my family. I loved all of them, even the ones that got on my last nerve and believe me, there were a few of those!
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood took me on a whirlwind adventure because I was whisked away from 1778 Philadelphia to 1980 Scotland and then back to 1738 Scotland!!! There are so many twists and turns, ones that I didn’t even see coming and I love the element of surprise.
There are a lot of POV changes in this particular installment and normally I am not a fan of that but it worked so well and I think it has to do with Diana Gabaldon’s ability to do it effortlessly.
As always, I enjoyed Claire’s medical procedures and as complex as they are I understood every scene from start to finish. And that’s not to say there isn’t a gross factor involved because there is. *shudders*
Claire and Jamie moved me to tears so many times and I feel as though I know them intimately. They’ve been through so much but their relationship has stood the test of time. But they weren’t the only couple I loved. Rachel and Ian…I adore them. *sigh* Ian still remains my favorite supporting character. He’s part Mohawk and always a Highlander! Don’t even get me started on Bree and Roger because that whole bit was crazy, as in crazy good!
There are so many amazing characters with their own powerful stories that I can’t even begin to write about all of them.
To say that it’s just a romance is to pigeonhole this series in to a particular category. While there is a beautiful love story, it’s also about war, history and time travel. It’s everything and more.
“Ye lost your parents young, mo nighean donn, and wandered about the world, rootless. Ye loved Frank”- his mouth compressed for an instant, but I thought he was unconscious of it-“and of course you love Brianna and Roger Mac and the weans… but, Sassenach- I am the true home of your heart, and I know that.”
DG delivered an installment that is out of this world but the series as a whole is EPIC.