An Echo In The Bone by Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander #7
Also in this series: Outlander Cross Stitch (TV Tie In), Voyager, Drums of Autumn
Published by Orion on January 21, 2010
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The Seventh Outlander novel from #1 National Bestselling author Diana Gabaldon.
Jamie Fraser, erstwhile Jacobite and reluctant rebel, knows three things about the American rebellion: the Americans will win, unlikely as that seems in 1778; being on the winning side is no guarantee of survival; and he’d rather die than face his illegitimate son — a young lieutenant in the British Army — across the barrel of a gun. Fraser’s time-travelling wife, Claire, also knows a couple of things: that the Americans will win, but that the ultimate price of victory is a mystery. What she does believe is that the price won’t include Jamie’s life or happiness — not if she has anything to say.
Claire’s grown daughter Brianna, and her husband, Roger, watch the unfolding of Brianna’s parents’ history — a past that may be sneaking up behind their own family.
An Echo in the Bone is the 7th book in the Outlander Series and as with most series, I recommend reading it in the order the books were released. I’ve written this review spoiler free for this book but it is possible it will contain spoilers for previous books.
Multiple POVs with several story lines running parallel to each other provides the setting for a busy addition to the Outlander Series. I enjoyed it all, but there was one character who won my heart this time, Jem. He gave his parents and all who encountered him a run for their money. I adored his reasoning and ability to handle situations with his matter of fact style. He’s an old soul of course and a chip off the old block.
An Echo in the Bone could have been easily named The Interchange with many an opportunity for characters to cross paths whether that be advantageous or a potential problem. It kept me on the edge of my seat as life is never simple for Jamie and Claire with the most straightforward plans often being met with a challenge. As usual each encounter they came across was dealt with resolve and in a believable manner.
Linking between centuries and locations is facilitated through shared correspondence and written with knowledge the intended recipient may not always be the one reading the content. Considering the constant danger the Frasers faced, putting ink to paper was a risky move but one which kept the connection between loved ones alive. It’s an epic read (as usual) and it wasn’t until I had reached the 30% mark that I found myself unable to put it down. I do admit to skimming some of the battle scenes (sorry Diana, I felt terribly guilty when I read about your extensive research in the author notes) but as usual I found more interest in the tending of the wounded. Claire finds herself working alongside other physicians of her time, allowing her to flourish and not surprisingly, still needing to justify her methods. Still not fully accepted as anything more than a conjure woman or witch, it was evident she was winning more and more trust as a valued healer.
What I continue to adore about this series is the growing admiration I have for so many of the characters. It goes without saying, reading about Jamie and Claire always warms my heart. The other characters are equally strong, their stories engaging and well woven into the plot. An interesting juxtaposition is presented via the Hunter siblings, Rachel and Denzel. They are Quakers who find their niche in difficult times for folk of their beliefs and how they balanced their beliefs within the unrest of the times they lived in. It took great fortitude to uphold what was true to them while finding a productive role within changing times. John also demonstrated through his integrity, loyalty and his inner strength why he and Jamie have remained friends for so long.
Coming close to catching up with the most recent books in the Outlander Series, I endeavour to savor them for when I need a guaranteed pick me up.
Lily’s rating: 4.5 Stars
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