Their passionate encounter happened long ago by whatever measurement Claire Randall took. Two decades before, she had traveled back in time and into the arms of a gallant eighteenth-century Scot named Jamie Fraser. Then she returned to her own century to bear his child, believing him dead in the tragic battle of Culloden. Yet his memory has never lessened its hold on her… and her body still cries out for him in her dreams.
Then Claire discovers that Jamie survived. Torn between returning to him and staying with their daughter in her own era, Claire must choose her destiny. And as time and space come full circle, she must find the courage to face the passion and pain awaiting her…the deadly intrigues raging in a divided Scotland… and the daring voyage into the dark unknown that can reunite or forever doom her timeless love.
Miss Riki’s Review:
After finding out that Jamie has survived the battle at Culloden, Claire is back through the stones and on another epic adventure. I was dying to get these two back in the same room together, and the defining moment when they finally reunite after twenty years apart is timeless and perfect. I love how Gabaldon doesn’t romanticize the difficulties that might come with such a long absence, and seeing how Claire and Jamie slowly rebuild their unbreakable bond and re-familiarize themselves with each other makes this book worth reading.
Even after reading three books in this series, I’m constantly amazed at the depth of feeling that Gabaldon manages to elicit for these characters. Her description is beyond compare, and I feel like I’ve lived these experiences alongside the characters. Through her masterful storytelling and power of description, I can feel the searing pain of washing out a gaping wound with brandy and can feel the discomfort of having an injury stitched without anesthetic. Some of the harrowing depictions of life at sea are not for the faint of heart, but they evoke such a visceral reaction in me as a reader. Romance fans won’t be disappointed either. Although the book is action packed, there’s plenty of swoon-worthy moments to make you say aw. I just can’t get enough of Claire and Jamie as a couple!
This book is constructed a little differently than the first two in that it jumps around quite a bit in POV, but it works. Although I love Claire as a narrator, it’s really nice to get Jamie’s point of view on things from time to time. I think it made for a richer experience.
I’m on to book four!