Dragonfly in Amber

20170603_161549Author: Diana Gabaldon

Pages: 947

Second novel in the Outlander Series.

As I said before with my Outlander review, I’m re-reading the series because it’s been too long between TV seasons and I’ve missed Claire and Jamie (well, let’s be honest I’ve missed Jamie). Anyway, here’s the synopsis the best I can give without giving too much away.

The story picks up 20 years after the Outlander book ended. The first time I read the second book, I was very confused on what was happening and I had to ask my mom if she gave me the right book to read. Her response? Yes, just stay with it a little longer, it will all come together in the end.

Anyway, the book has two parts, the 20 years forward, or in the eyes of Claire– present time and then back the 20 years to where we left off with Jamie and Claire headed outside of Scotland to stop the Rising from happening. The story wraps itself around the journey of Claire and Jamie in France and then Scotland during the Rising. Their political motivations, the differences between France and Scotland, developing further as a couple and still dealing with some demons from the previous book. You will meet new characters in this one….Fergus and Master Raymond being two of the more popular ones and will have an impact on the story moving forward.

While the past story ends, the present day story is just beginning and leaving you with a cliffhanger that makes me so happy I don’t have to wait for the next book to come out.

Review: What a great book for me to bring on vacation. The picture above was of my weekend vacation to Maine earlier in June (that post is coming up soon I promise!). This one was so much better the second time around. I don’t even know how to explain it, but even knowing what was going to happen, I still had tears in my eyes, a smile on my face and chills down my arms reading sections of it. There was humor in the midst of some of the desperation and the two main characters relationship blossomed together as the story progressed, but in a way of more historical significance than romance. With this, comes a lot of detail, more so than the first.  (FYI- this is how the rest of the series will be). I learned a lot, not only of the Rising but how living was in France during this time but in a vivid imagination that history books didn’t do justice to.

But this is what Diana Gabaldon does, she takes the details of history and makes it her own and her writing supplies you with such a warmness of the characters that you feel like they are one of your friends. So yes, of course I recommend this one to everyone. As always, the picture will bring you to a link to amazon 🙂

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