STORY: WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD is the eighth novel in the world-famous OUTLANDER series. In June of 1778, the world turns upside-down. The British army withdraws from Philadelphia, George Washington prepares to move from Valley Forge in pursuit, and Jamie Fraser comes back from the dead to discover that his best friend has married Jamie’s wife. The ninth Earl of Ellesmere discovers to his horror that he is in fact the illegitimate son of the newly-resurrected Jamie Fraser (a rebel _and_ a Scottish criminal!) and Jamie’s nephew Ian Murray discovers that his new-found cousin has an eye for Ian’s Quaker betrothed.
Meanwhile, Claire Fraser deals with an asthmatic duke, Benedict Arnold, and the fear that one of her husbands may have murdered the other. And in the 20th century, Jamie and Claire’s daughter Brianna is thinking that things are probably easier in the 18th century: her son has been kidnapped, her husband has disappeared into the past, and she’s facing a vicious criminal with nothing but a stapler in her hand. Fortunately, her daughter has a miniature cricket bat and her mother’s pragmatism.
The best of historical fiction with a Moebius twist, WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD weaves the fibers of a family’s life through the tapestry of historical drama.
REVIEW: Here’s the thing. If you’ve read the previous seven books in this series, there’s no way in Hell you’ll take a pass on reading this one. But just in case you’ve never read any of Outlander series of books, I’d advise you to not start with this one and that’s not to say that you might not enjoy it. Far from it!
This novel as the earlier ones, is chock full of plots, dialogue, characters and a pace that you’ll enjoy, because it’s fast when it should be and slow when called for. No. The reason you shouldn’t read this one first is simple. You’ll be lost within the events that were already started in the book before this one. That’s why I recommend you invest your money as well as your time and start off the love affair I’ve had with these books with the first book, Outlander.
If you’re a true Bookworm, you know the one that reads for pure unadulterated pleasure of the written word, you’ll like this book. However, if you’re one of those readers that need a ‘quick fix’ of light, sugar and spice read, you’ll never enjoy any of these books. And that’s okay. Live and let live. Different strokes for different folks, I say. I do think though, that you would be missing on one epic story of true love and what a marriage to that love is all about, and let me tell you, that’s the one reason I keep coming back to this series.
This book, as well as all the others, combines multiple genres [romance, historical fiction, science fiction, mystery and supernatural] to perfection. The characters, relationships as well as the plots are many and complex as they are in real life. The resolutions, as in life, are either resolved or postponed. To some, this may not appeal. We live in the age of instant gratification and reality shows, so a book with deep, honest and prolific writing may be a bit too much to take. Descriptions of battles, leg amputation and tongue surgery, may not be your ‘cuppa’, but those parts are easily skipped, yet why do it? It’s another aspect of this book I enjoyed, because I’d never learn of these subjects unless DG wrote about them. To me, they’re as intriguing as any mystery plot. It is a mystery of our bodies and its role. She even makes those interesting to read about.
***SPOILERS of a SORT, but not REALLY*
Here is what I liked about this story: DG is a master at threading the main plot within the stories and I thoroughly enjoyed all the different threads she gave me in this book.
After five long years, Wee Jemmy’s predicament [in the tunnel] was resolved and Roger & Bree [time travel] surprised me; Jamie, Clare & LBJ [marriage] gave me deep understanding of what real friendship is all about; William and Jane [relationship] had me smile, laugh out loud and cry. And in between, I cried, laughed and cursed!
In the end, it was worth the money, my time and I’m hoping to live long enough to read book #9.
Melanie for b2b