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.
This book by far is my absolute favorite and that’s not a statement I often make.
If I enjoyed Dragonfly in Amber, I fell in love with this book and I couldn’t read fast enough. I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation because I had to know if Claire and Jamie would end up together or if they would even find each other!! The stress nearly gave me an ulcer and there were moments where I didn’t expect to laugh but I did and did so loudly.
“Do ye want me?” he whispered. “Sassenach, will ye take me – and risk the man that I am, for the sake of the man ye knew?”
While there are POV shifts in the last book, it happens a lot more in Voyager and it switches from 1st person narrative to 3rd person which takes some getting used to. However, Diana Gabaldon’s writing, in my opinion is flawless and she weaved a story that left me completely and utterly satisfied.
Roughly, the first 30% of the book is about Jaime and Claire and how they survived life without each for 20 years! TWENTY YEARS!! There is so much longing for each other that I thought I might die on the spot! But it’s not just longing, it’s a deep feeling of melancholy coupled with loneliness and I felt that to my core. And all because they missed each other and what they had to do to survive.
Everything they felt, I felt. I felt every blessed moment as if I were Claire.
“I shook so that it was some time before I realized that he was shaking too, and for the same reason. I don’t know how long we sat there on the dusty floor, crying in each others arms with the longing of twenty years spilling down our faces.”
Don’t even get me started on the re-discovery of one another. OHMIGOD…the secrets of Jamie’s past coming to light was gut-wrenching, not because they were awful secrets but because he wasn’t sure how Claire would react. And how could he know? They’re practically strangers who love each other.
“For so many years, for so long, I have been so many things, so many different men. But here,” he said, so softly I could barely hear him, “here in the dark, with you… I have no name.”
This story was the most engaging one yet and I was re-acquainted with supporting characters I missed, new characters were introduced and I’m officially attached to all of them.
And yes, I’m fairly certain I will be reading nothing but this series for the next few weeks.