One of the very few series I connect with some wonderful memories. It seems as if it was just yesterday that I was at my book club shop and saw the first book of this great series and bought it. Only to go back a short time later to get the other two books that were then available in the German language, to be able to continue reading. This series is a throwback in time, with historical facts presented in a very entertaining and opulent way that tells you that you are reading a true Gabaldon novel.  

by Diana Gabaldon
Outlander Series #3
Publisher Delacorte Press on December 1, 1993
Genre Historical Fantasy
Pages 870
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased 

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. 
April 16, 1746, Jamie Fraser regains consciousness on the Culloden battlefield. His tormentor Jack Randall dead on his legs. Jamie and some of his men are captured again, but when the English Lord Melton recognizes Jamie as the “red Jamie of Broch Tuarach”, his captivity is over. Meanwhile, Claire struggles with her feelings in 1968. On the one hand, the pain rages in her about the supposed death of Jamie, on the other hand, the hope that he survived the battle according to Roger. Again, they roll through tons of books together, always looking for a trace of Jamie and what happened. In Scotland meanwhile and around 200 years earlier, Jamie fights for the survival of his family on Lallybroch and often must hide for months from the wandering soldiers of the English army. Claire, Brianna, and Roger discover more and more evidence and facts in Scotland from 1968 that Jamie had managed to arrive alive on Lallybroch and that he was again imprisoned for a long time in 1755. Surprisingly, there are some pleasant and happy years for Jamie, but the longing for Claire remained, and Claire also longs for Jamie. 

As in the previous two volumes, Diana Gabaldon has once again interwoven an opulent and gripping plot with historical facts and turned it into an exciting and captivating story. The author names things by their names, and by using various languages such as French or Scottish, she has given her novel an authenticity that is wonderful to read and provides a wonderful insight into the time. 

Diana Gabaldon´s figures are profound and provided with corners, edges, and a few surprises, some of which suddenly come to light and sometimes amazed me while reading. With a lot of feeling, the author has again managed to give each of her countless characters a life and character traits that suit her, some of which may seem completely unusual, even quite strange, but are perfectly suitable for the respective character. And extremely fascinating while reading.

An exciting novel, with a dash of sex and wonderful humor, which combines history and a fantastic plot in a fascinating way and, just like its two predecessors, guarantees absolute reading pleasure. It would be advisable to have read the two previous volumes for your own better understanding, but even without them, this historical novel offers wonderful reading material for lovers of the Highland stories. 

Happy reading

Diana Gabaldon
Diana Gabaldon ©Christine Strub

Diana Gabaldon was an honorary professor of deep-sea biology and zoology at the University of Arizona before devoting her full-time to writing. Already her first novel Outlander was a huge international success and led to millions of readers becoming enthusiastic fans of her novels. She is the mother of three grown children and lives with her husband in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.


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