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5.0 out of 5 stars The old and great Gabaldon is back, September 30, 2005
This review is from: A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander) (Hardcover)
I was one of those many readers who loved the first four books but was harshly critical of The Fiery Cross, her fifth book. However, this book is terrific. First of all Claire and Jamie are more present in this book with all their love and passion, fierceness and courage, which had been dimly expressed in The Fiery Cross. Brianna and Roger are more believable and loving towards each other - Roger is less of a wimp, Brianna has gotten over her whinny self, and Jemmy is a terrific kid, not just a pooping, nursing machine.

Ordinarily, I am impatient of a lot of description, do a lot of skimming, and want to get down to the meat and potatoes of the plot. But not in this book. Every vignette, even if not central to the plot, is vivid and fascinating, giving the reader a glimpse into life in those days. I found myself devouring every word, enjoying the journey rather than being in a rush to the destination. Gabaldon is just such an incredible writer; such an imagination - you find it hard to believe she wasn't actually there. And when Jamie says things like "If I die, dinna follow me. The bairns will need ye. Stay for them. I can wait." I find myself crying and feeling like an idiot, since this is fiction, but it touches me so.

Enjoy!
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Initial post: Jun 8, 2007 4:46:21 PM PDT
I am Susan Petre and can you take off the comment about voting button? I have no idea where that come from.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 12:05:00 PM PDT
You said, "Gabaldon is just such an incredible writer; such an imagination - you find it hard to believe she wasn't actually there." Maybe she was. :-)
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