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Update: Diana said today that the two new novellas will eventually be sold as stand alone books.
Having read most of the novellas in other collections, I'll focus on one of the new stories that was a stand out for me - "A Fugitive Green." Like most of the secondary characters in this fictionverse, His Grace the Duke of Pardloe/Harold Grey is a standout, as is his wife, Her Grace Minerva Wattiswade Grey. Their dynamic in the Lord John series has long delighted me, and the tantalizing tale of the "union" that led to their marriage mentioned in "The Scottish Prisoner" left me wanting to know more. Thankfully, that story beautifully unfolds in the novella in which a young Minnie arrives in London on a mission to gather intelligence for her father. She takes a few detours, including a side job to unravel the mystery surrounding one of many scandals plaguing His Grace - namely the duel that caused the death of fellow peer Nathaniel Twelvetrees at the hands of the Duke. When Minerva accidentally encounters Hal and catches a glimpse of the man behind the title and scandal, she develops a personal interest in the case. But will the information she uncovers help or hurt the Duke, and will she trade honor for coin by selling the information to Twelvetrees' brother?
Minnie is a complex character and more than a match for the temperamental and mercurial Duke. And her other adventures in London range from comical (sparring with Harry Quarry, working with the ever crafty and entertaining O'Higgins twins) to heartbreaking (searching for the mother she never knew). This companion piece is a delightful addition to the captivating world built by Diana Gabaldon. Highly recommend!
reprints. But I loved them. I am addicted to the series.
Both the new ones are about secondary characters.
The one, "Beseiged" is Lord John, his mother.and some extended
family, set in Cuba, during a politically dangerous event. .
The other is the story "Fugitive Green" is of Hal and Minnie
and how they ended up getting married. I wanted a bit more
of that story, If you have read the previous stories you know
Hal met Minnie when she was a prowler in his house and
fell in love on the spot. He then spent several months looking
for her. But Diana does not tell us how he figured out where
she was. He just suddenly shows up at the end, discovers he's
about to be a father, and whisks her off to be married, which
left me a bit frustrated because I love mysteries and wanted
to see him follow a clue or two. But its a lovely story, what
there is of it, and I will probably read it several more times.
All of these stories are better appreciated if one has read
the main Outlander books first, at lest the first 3 "Outlander"
"Dragonfly in Amber" and "Voyager".