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.
First off, I LOVED this book! It was by far my favorite book of the series so far. It’s funny, because I gave the first book 3 stars, the second book 3.5 stars, and this one was definitely a 5 star in my book. I generally base that on if it’s very hard for me to put the book down, if possible at all. I don’t know if it’s because I’m very attached to the characters at this point, or if it’s that her writing and story lines are getting better and better, but this was truly a great book.
Anyways, the beginning of the book seems like a whole other book considering all of the adventures and things that happened once she got back. I’m glad that they recounted what happened to Jamie after she left instead of leaving it a mystery. But I was a bit disappointed in Jamie not being totally honest with her from the time he first saw her again. He seemed to keep a lot of secrets. I guess I can kind of understand, but it was a little disappointing for his character.
I am sad to see Fergus all grown up! I’m so used to him being the feisty little French boy. But I’m happy he’s still in the series still; and I also really like the new character of Young Ian.
There were some things that were a little sad for me, like the fact that he got remarried at all. I can understand being lonely though and he thought she was never going to come back, but it was a bit sad for me to find that out. I also was sad that he had another child other than with Claire. I know it was an accident, but that was sad for me. Also, what is up with gay guys being so attracted to him? I just couldn’t help but giggle at the part in prison where John Grey put his hand on Jamie’s hand, and Jamie’s reaction of it. I just felt like “poor Jamie” – he can’t go anywhere without someone he doesn’t want wanting him. I did, however, like the John Grey character, he seems like a really good guy and good friend to Jamie. Finally, I was really sad that it really was 20 years later. They’re older now, but I still like to picture them younger and they’ve just missed out so much in each others lives that they can’t get back. I was half hoping that she would step through and be back in the same time as Culloden and be young again so she could possibly prevent all the bad things from happening in those 20 years. But oh well, it was still good nonetheless.
Overall, I loved the whole story and the plot in general. The first couple books kind of seemed to be lingering with having a definite plot or not. But this plot was very clear – to find Young Ian.
The twist at the end of meeting Geilie was a surprise, but I didn’t realize how disturbed she really was. I just have a feeling though that she’s not really dead.
Anyways, I’ll definitely be starting right into the next one. These just keep getting better! I think I’ll be really sad when they’re over.