This is the third book in the Outlander series I’m rereading this year, following A Dragonfly in Amber.
Genre: time travel/historical fiction
Length: 921 pages (so close to the coveted 1000+ pages tag!)
Setting: Inverness, 1968, and Scotland to France to the West Indies, 1746
Summary: Back in 1968, Claire heads back to Inverness after Frank has died, 20 years after returning from the 1700s, in order to tell her daughter, Brianna, who her father really is. With the help of Roger, a historian, she discovers Jamie didn’t die at the battle of Cullodeen. Claire travels back through the stones to reunite with Jamie. She finds him in Edinburgh, acting as a printer and a smuggler. Things get a bit hot in the smuggling business, so they head back to Lallybroch. There, Claire discovers Jamie had married Laoghaire. Although they are no longer together, they’re legally married. To satisfy Laoghaire, Jamie has to tap into a secret treasure for money. Unfortunately, Ian, Jamie’s nephew, is nabbed by pirates when he tries to retrieve the treasure. Jamie and Claire track Ian all the way to the West Indies. To make matters worse, Ian is now in the possession of Gellie Duncan, who needs a blood sacrifice to get back through the stones. Ian is rescued in the end.
Final thoughts: There is a 20-year jump in time between the end of A Dragonfly in Amber and the start of this book, which is an interesting choice for an author to make. The advantage is Brianna is all grown up, so Claire can leave her without too much guilt and get back to Jamie. Of course, 20 years have passed without seeing each other, so much of the book focuses on their reunification. Both wonder if their love could survive such a time apart (spoiler: it does, with some heated lovemaking involved). Yes, love can heal all things, but there were a couple of times that revelations about past activities or assumptions of a situation caused at least a temporary rift in their relationship. They always managed to work themselves back together, although one time it took Jamie getting shot to do it. The other big theme was the importance of family. Jamie and Claire travel half-way around the world (on a ship, no less, which is a big deal for Jamie) in the hopes of finding Ian. Because of all the traveling, we meet a wide variety of characters, with Gellie making a surprise reappearance and Lord Grey, who becomes an important character, introduced. Again, I remembered absolutely nothing from this book – maybe it’s the next book I half remember.
Title comes from: All the traveling that occurs within the story
Reading challenges fulfilled: book #53 for the year, a V in my title Reading the Alphabet challenge, and #3 in my Reread Challenge for this year
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