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Written in my own heart's blood : a novel
<p>In her now classic novel  Outlander,  Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears . . . into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels, and CNN has called it "a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries]." Now the story continues in  Written in My Own Heart's Blood .<br>  <br> 1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington's troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is, and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie's wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces.<br>  <br> The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland. Or not. In fact, Brianna is  searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family's secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy . . . never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself.<br>  <br> Written in My Own Heart's Blood  is the brilliant next chapter in a masterpiece of the imagination unlike any other.</p>
Author Notes
Diana Gabaldon was born in Flagstaff, Arizona on January 11, 1952. She has a B.S. in zoology, a M.S. in marine biology, and a Ph.D. in quantitative behavioral ecology. She has worked as a university professor and has written freelance for various magazines and companies such as Walt Disney. She writes the Outlander series, which was adapted into a television series. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
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Time travel, kidnapping, war, suicide, murder, and a whole lot of lusty loving-it's the long-awaited eighth installment (after An Echo in the Bone) of Gabaldon's popular series. In June 1778, the American Revolution is reaching a fever pitch, but the conflict seems calm compared to the happenings in the Fraser household. Jamie Fraser, presumed dead, has returned to find his wife, Claire, married to Lord John Grey. William, Jamie's illegitimate son, is enraged after uncovering the truth about his parentage, and Ian, Jamie's nephew who was raised as a Mohawk Indian, now yearns to wed a Quaker. Meanwhile in the 20th century, Jem, the son of Anna and Jamie's time-traveling daughter Brianna, has been abducted, and husband Roger suffers grave consequences when he journeys back through the stones to find him. Verdict It's another breakneck, rip-roaring, oh-so-addictive page-turner from Gabaldon, who skillfully juggles a colossal cast of characters (which includes George Washington and Benedict Arnold), nonstop adventure, a deluge of historical details, an enthralling love story, and a dollop of steamy sex scenes. Take a deep breath, jump aboard, and enjoy the ride-just in time for the August premiere of the Starz original series Outlander.-Jeanne Bogino, New Lebanon Lib., NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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