Book Review

‘Dragonfly In Amber’ by Diana Gabaldon

dia dg1STORY: The second book of the Outlander saga…

For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills.

Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones… about a love that transcends the boundaries of time… and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the danger of his. Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart.

GUEST REVIEW:  Where to start with my review for Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon? I’ve decided to write my review both forward and backward as the Author, Diana Gabaldon, has mentioned many times that she does. Except she, can write forward, backward, and all the way around. She can write in circles for all I care because she is a great storyteller. She doesn’t just tell a story, these people are real. R.E.A.L. To all the women reading this, I am here to ask you…. Have you ever wanted to save a man for the sake of love? Take a man to your bosom and shelter him in your womb? Have you ever wanted adventure and fantasy? To all the men in these women’s lives, we just love you for everything you are! If you want an idea of the man I am writing about and the word integrity, just meet Jamie.

**There will be minor spoilers because this review is for my LoL’s, Sassenachs, Obsessenachs, Heughligans and Mistress’s honey lips!**

I started this series as a recommendation from my friend who got a tattoo of the Fraser clan “je suis Prest” on her 1655875_493313314111467_830504344_nfoot. And that’s when I knew I had to read it. She mentioned to me that the first book in the series could be read as a standalone book, but of course I decided to continue with the series. So when I opened Dragonfly In Amber I was shocked! It had one of my favorite openings in a book. Ever. It was Fast Forward on acid!!

Part One: Roger, a young Scotsman, who studies in Oxford. He steals a kiss from Brianna, Claire’s daughter. Yes, Claire had a baby, Brianna, with Jamie and is now living in present day time! How in the heck did this happen?? Sooooo many questions at this point. I was reading so fast to figure this out! The book flips back and forth through time to give readers the answers.

Part Two: *** I will just insert here my review of Outlander/book one: “I love Jamie. That is all.”***

Jamie and his tender lovemaking opens Part Two. Jamie. King of men- Jamie. Jamie, Jamie, Jamie… because I can never say his name just once.

Part Two is perfection. If you want perfection in a man, father, friend, Laird, husband…look to Jamie. Yet, he has flaws….pfftt…flaws you’ll want to kiss away. So, DIA as we call it, follows the story of Claire and how she ended up in present time with a child. As she tells her story to Roger and Brianna, we are sent to the past, to France… where Claire is hosting Kings and chaos ensues!

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Major characters are revealed…. Fergus, John Grey, and Master Raymond… OH MY!!!!

“Call the Red man” he says. Caballa. Holy. Shite! A duel? A du-el??? Jamie….oh Jamie!!!

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A miscarriage. A deception. A thistle spanking. A killing. How much more can a reader take?!?!? Yet, throughout all of this, I can quote Jamie time after time and I want to spare him allllll his pain. The heart of this matter for me, is in Chapter 17 “Possession”. Diana Gabaldon captures the heart of a woman perfectly. Go on… read it. You will see.

“Sometimes I want to ride you like a wild horse, and bring you to the taming-did you know that? I can do it, you know I can. Drag you over the edge and drain you to a gasping husk. I can drive you to the edge of collapse and sometimes I delight in it, Jamie, I do! And yet so often I want-“my voice broke suddenly and I had to swallow hard before continuing-“I want… to hold your head against my breast and cradle you like a child and comfort you to sleep.”

Claire in Dragonfly in Amber, Chapter 17/Diana Gabaldon

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Each chapter can be a standalone book. Jamie’s speech to Ian about leaving his innocence back home is beautiful. Jamie talking to Claire in her sleep is beautiful. I will just mention Jamie’s purgatory speech….how insightful it was as a look into Jamie’s thoughts. I cannot get enough and I don’t want these feelings to end! I don’t think my review can ever do Jamie and Claire justice. The only word that comes to mind is fierce. I love these books fiercely. So, with all that said, read this book, wont you?

dia dg2To wrap this up… I like watching this happen. There. I admit it. I have strange likes and I don’t like your average books. I do like “extreme” and “romance” all in ONE package. I do love “adventure”. What I don’t like, is being called a housemom that wants to escape. Escape?!? Honey, I don’t want to escape. I want to feel!!! I want to connect and I want to share. This is why I read Diana Gabaldon. She can deliver in every sense of that word. This is why I will watch Outlander on Starz …because a flesh and blood Jamie is going to make my wildest dreams come true. Congrats to all the readers who have waited so long! I salute you and I wish we can all toast a shot of whiskey together.

Slainte!!

*Gladys for b2b.

10 thoughts on “‘Dragonfly In Amber’ by Diana Gabaldon”

  1. I love this series so much! I’ll be rereading Outlander later this spring for two reasons (other than I just love the book). One, I have to be ready to watch the series. Two, because my husband and I will be spending a week in Scotland in June and I want all those places fresh in my mind when we go!

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