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Written in my own heart's blood : a novel
2014
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<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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As Gabaldon (An Echo in the Bone) returns to her "Outlander" time-travel series, Jamie and Claire are still caught up in the tumult of the American Revolution. Family complications enhance the narrative with plot strands coming together from the present as well as the 18th century. Narrator Davina Porter brings a delightful versatility to the book. Her warm, even wry tones and multiple accents can be amusing, putting this listener in mind of a British cottage redolent of lavender potpourri, a crackling fire, a cup of tea, and old family silver. Beginning- and end-of-CD announcements make the book easier to use for listeners with impaired sight. Verdict Recommended for readers of time-travel fiction and those already committed to this series; this is not a good entry point for newcomers to Gabaldon's complicated fiction as there are too many major and minor characters and too many situations with insufficient backstory to help the listener figure things out what's going on. ["It's another breakneck, rip-roaring, oh-so-addictive page-turner," read the review of the Delacorte hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 7/11/14.]-David Faucheux, Lafayette, LA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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