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Dragonfly in Amber Multimedia CD – 1992
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How sad that people clamor over the 50 Shades of .... books. This is so much more fulfilling. As "romance" novels have become more bold and inclusive of explicit dialog I find myself skipping through that. Been there done that. Insert Tab A into Slot B... etc. etc. borING. I want the emotion and feeling of the relationship.
Diana delivers the emotion, sights, sounds, smells, triumphs and failures with her words. She always finds alliterative and clever phrasing to bring everything alive - whether it is a trip across the sea or a dangerous encounter or mundane every tasks or Clare and Jamie enjoying the delights of each other intimately. The characters live and breathe.
There are not many books I reread. I am glad I chose to reread the Outlander Series. There is so much richness and depth I had forgotten. I also note things I missed the first time which deepen the experience of the stories.
These are excellent stories with something for most everyone.
I'm not a huge fan of historical romances. Sometimes the language and phrases seemed so far fetched it is hard to follow. That is absolutely not the case with Gabaldon. Although there is a touch of Gaelic and a huge dose of Scottish Highlander accents, it's completely readable, easy to follow and adds to the overall charm of this novel. She has the right mixture of present day and 200 year old wit to make this book amazing.
Claire and Jamie... Sigh. Epic romance! Jamie Fraser is the man you want in your life . His loyalty and sweet innocence is one major turn on for this reader. I absolutely loved their romance. Claire's strength, determination and quest for knowledge kept me coming back page after page.
Outlander is truly both one of the best reads and shows I've had the pleasure of devoting my time to this year. Don't waste one moment of hesitation of one clicking this novel. Its worth every single cent of your hard earned cash and then some.
Jamie and Claire’s love story continues to evolve, only now it becomes more of a true partnership with their strengths and weaknesses in a balance that only comes with maturity. Also Claire’s medical abilities progress using herbs of the day now that she has a home base and can experiment with trying to grow her own penicillin.
Brianne and Roger’s story also evolves. Roger, bless his heart, starts to find his backbone bit by bit. Thank goodness. He becomes a better partner for Brianne’s strengths as they make a family with Jemme, their son. The question of the true father is never resolved, but Roger makes his peace with it.
Although fiction, Gabaldon opens a doorway to political insights of the day, and the role the Scots played in North Carolina’s history and the early seeds of the American revolution. Traditionally, we only hear about Boston and the famous Tea Party. The truth is, a revolution wouldn’t have happened if there hadn’t been seeds of discontent all down the Eastern seaboard.
When Jamie got his land grant from the Governor despite being a Papist (Catholic), it was in exchange for an eventual call to arms against the Regulators, a small faction of Scots discontent against what they saw as political injustice. Some of that Scottish warrior element of book one is called back into the story line when the governor calls in his side of the bargain and Jamie puts together his Scottish band of warriors.
More callbacks from Outlander’s history happen in the story line of Jamie’s Aunt on River Run Plantation, and the question of the missing gold for the Stuart uprising. The arrival of Tom Christie with his two children pulls in Jamie’s time from Ardmuire Prison. So there are some nice circle-backs to please those who have read the Outlander series from the beginning.
Like I said, there are so many things to love about this book. However, I was left frustrated because she left a few things unexplained at the end. WHY did Ian return from the Mohawks? What happened to his wife and child? What happened to Capt. Bonnet?
I’m sure Gabaldon will answer those questions in the next book. But she opened up so many other possibilities for the continuing story—there’s the revolution coming, the famous fire that Jamie and Claire were reported to have died in with no surviving children, baby Jemme’s connection with the opal stone— that those simple unanswered questions diluted my desire to buy book six right away and keep reading. Oh, I’ll buy it, for sure. Once I’m done being frustrated, that is.