Series: Outlander #2
Published by Delacorte Press on July 1, 1992
Genres: Historical Romance
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For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland's majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones...about a love that transcends the boundaries of time...and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his ....
Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire's spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart ...in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising...and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves....
When Outlander ended, Jamie and Claire were in Paris following his escape from Wentworth prison. This story opens back in the 20th century, 20 years later. Claire has a daughter, Brianna, who is unaware of her mother’s travels in 18th century Scotland. Claire is seeking information and has returned to Scotland for insight and answers.
Claire’s past affects Brianna’s future. With Frank Randall’s recent passing, she’s free to not only share what happened to her 20 years ago but also to search for Jamie. In telling the story, Claire chronicles what happened after Jamie’s rescue and how she came to be back in the present.
What I loved about this story
If you haven’t read Outlander, you should probably skip reading this section. I kind of fell for Jamie in the first book but was totally captivated by him in this story. He and Claire cannot return to Scotland and are living in Paris at the home of Jamie’s uncle, Jared Fraser. Together they try to alter the course of history by attempting to thwart Bonnie Prince Charlie’s ill-fated campaign to wrest Scotland from English rule. They navigate politics, attempts on their lives and Claire’s adjustments to the era. It’s lush with subterfuge, romance, action, adventure and surprises. Through it all, Jamie and Claire strengthen their relationship and discover the depths of their feelings for each other. It’s messy and passionate, all the things you love to experience in a saga that spans three countries. Every time you begin to think life will get easier for them, another obstacle arises.
Jamie also emerges as much more than a clever and handsome Highlander. We learn much more about his background and get a better understanding of why he and Claire are so compatible. Claire continues to impress me with her savvy, quick-witted thinking and intelligence. Though she sometimes gets them into trouble, she more often is responsible for having Jamie’s back.
My one issue
I really didn’t like starting the story with Claire in the 20th century and then waiting to figure out how that happened. That question isn’t resolved until the end of the book and it was in the background the entire time. It was a distraction for me.
The bottom line
This is an extraordinary series that I can’t compare to any other I’ve read or heard about. Jamie and Claire’s love story is the heartbeat, with the action and adventure as a backdrop. It’s sometimes harsh and things happen that will bring you to tears of heartbreak and/or happiness. Life in the 18th century isn’t the romanticized version you may be accustomed to reading about, especially when seen through the eyes of a woman born two centuries later. I can’t wait to begin the next chapter.
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