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This time-traveling romantic adventure will please fans who have been waiting for the further adventures of Dr. Claire Beauchamp Randall, a 20th-century American who goes to Scotland in search of her 18th-century husband, virile Scot Jamie Fraser, whom she met and married in Outlander ( LJ 7/91). Book 2 of a planned trilogy takes readers along on Randall's quest, as she hopes to find a state or time (like that of the title's dragonfly suspended in a piece of amber) where Fraser still exists. This imaginative novel suffers somewhat from the author's overuse of personification ("spectacles gleaming with concern and curiosity") and her confusing switches between the two first-person narrations, which sometimes cloud an otherwise intriguing adventure. But Outlander 's readers will still devour this hefty volume without complaint.
-Marlene Lee, Drain Branch Lib., Ore.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
An engaging time-travel romance, the second of a trilogy (after Outlander, 1991), that animates the people and politics of a pivotal period in history--while turning up the heat between an appealing modern heroine and a magnetic romantic hero. It's now 1968, and Claire Beauchamp Randall has returned to Inverness, Scotland, with her daughter, Brianna. This is Claire's first visit back since she and husband Frank visited 22 years before--when she walked through a Druid stone circle into the middle of the 18th century. Now, Frank is dead, and Claire hopes to learn what happened to the second great love of her life--gallant Jamie Fraser, laird of Lallybroch whom she married during her journey into the past. She's also looking for a way to tell Brianna who her real father is. Framed by these dilemmas, the bulk of the story consists of the second installment of Claire and Jamie's adventures. Escaping the English death sentence passed against Jamie, they flee to prerevolutionary Paris, where they secretly work at foiling Bonnie Prince Charlie's efforts to regain the Scottish throne. But this espionage is only the beginning...A most entertaining mix of history and fantasy whose author, like its heroine, exhibits a winning combination of vivid imagination and good common sense. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
I love historical fiction, and this series does not disappoint. Diana Gabaldon is wonderful at transporting you to 1745ish through imagery and language. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Nicole Edward Grace
Great story, well researched, handles both the recent past and 200 years ago with equal care.Published 6 hours ago by pscampb456
another great sequel to a first book. loved it. now on to book 3!!Published 7 hours ago by Lori D. Leck-Cohen
The second book was as good as the first! Couldn't put it down! Where to go from here? Can't wait to see!Published 19 hours ago by grannyb67
I loved learning about the way the people lived in that era. I thought that the historical facts were written more like a history lesson than a novel.Published 19 hours ago by Barbara Klopper
Hard to follow terrible story. I loved Book 1. I EXPECTED THE SAME Excitement. Very disappointed. Not interesting at all.Published 20 hours ago by Robin
Love Outlander book 1. Book 2 was good but all the Kings got confusing. Loving book 3.Published 1 day ago by Lee Nicholas