An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

It’s the seventh book in the Outlander series that I’m trying to finish this year. There’s only one left so I think I can do it. They’re all starting to blur together so I’m going to wait a bit so I’ll appreciate that book more.

Published: 2009

Genre: historical fiction with time travel

Length: 1149 pages

Setting: 1778 America and Lallybroch, 1988 Lallybroch

Summary: Short version: The fighting starts to heat up and the Frasers are involved

Long version: Roger and Brianna are back in the present day, trying to readjust to modern life. Brianna gets a job as a dam inspector and Roger’s still trying to figure out what to do. Jamie, Claire and Ian are on their way back to Scotland to take Ian home and get Jamie’s printing press. Of course, there’s adventure along the way, including their ship being attacking and participating in the battle at Fort Ticonderoga. We start to follow William, Jamie’s bastard son being raised by Lord John. Willie is a British officer who does some occasional spying. We also follow Denny and Rachel Hunter, Quaker brother and sister. Denny is a skilled surgeon who joins the Rebel army. Rachel accompanies him and catches the eye of both Ian and William.

Final thoughts: One of the ways Gabaldon keeps her books fresh i by telling the story from the point of view of new characters. In this book, we get William and more of Lord Grey. Even so, there were echoes of older books that were so strong I questioned whether or not I’d read this book before. The beginning repeated a scene from the end of the previous book (from William’s point of view to change things up) which didn’t help my confusion. We did get to some new plot points eventually that convinced me it was a new book. Ian got a bit more to do in this book, probably because Roger and Brianna are now in the present. Looks like he’s finally moving on from his dissolved marriage to Emily. I liked Rachel and Denny Hunter. They both had strong convictions they were willing to act on, even if they caused negative consequences. It is amazing how everyone manages to run into each other as they travel across the Colonies in war-time. Strains the imagination a bit, but makes for a more interconnection story. The book is left on a bit of a cliff-hanger as Jem is kidnapped in the present day and Roger plans to go back through the stones for him.

Title comes from: This is the first book in the series that I really don’t know where the title comes from. I could make some guesses based on the story line, but it’s not at all an obvious one.

Reading challenges fulfilled: book #53 for 2018 and #17 in my Finish the Series Challenge

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