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.
“Triumphant …her use of historical detail and a truly adult love storyconfirm Gabaldon as a superior writer.”
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Voyager (Outlander Book 3) : By Diana Gabaldon
Written by Chris Patterson
I will have to be careful not to burst into song. How I want to start this review is rolling the opening credits with us on a mountain top singing at the top of our lungs “The Hills are alive, with the sound of music”. But I won’t. I will stop just shy of that. Just on this very slim side of the line. For now.
So we will assume that you have read Outlanders first two in the series (if not, go ahead, come back when you finish, we will still be here) As usual I am going to try very hard to not offer any spoilers (if I do, why bother reading the book?) Our series left us teary eyed with the joyous news that HE LIVES! Himself (as one day you will come to know him) LIVES! Wait, we are not with him! And thus the conundrum starts. Voyager opens to the astounding news that Roger and Brianna have found the man that has been revealed as her father. While Roger had an easier time coming to believe Claire’s tale of time travel Brianna eventually comes to terms with the struggle and supports her mother through some very difficult decisions. Perhaps it is that I am a mother myself, or that I have had the love of my life by my side for the last 20 plus years, but I just want to reach into the book and push Claire through the stones myself! Go Woman! But while we wait for the calculated Claire to make her preparations our author takes us through the 20 years that Jamie has had to walk alone. Hard pressed and often broken we feel for him in the deepest parts of our little fangirl hearts. Ok, my fangirl heart.
Seriously, this author really loves to break her men, but I digress. Indirectly enough we find that the near past and the distant past both come back to revisit us in so many ways (Looking at you John Grey). That indeed Jaime is made of a metal stronger and better than most men. That a human can still find a way to survive in darkness, and eventually the light will find them again. And that over twenty years sometimes “things” happen. Claire herself has walked a difficult path. And the question soon is can love alone mend the gap that time creates? I think you will know the answer to this quite clearly and at the very moment it happens. Most readers either grasp it or have a profound distaste for many of the answers that follow this moment. Personally I weigh in with the aged wisdom of “I totally get it”. What? You say, this woman makes no sense. Ok I will give you that. In an attempt to not spoil all of the joy you are truly due I just want you to know it is ok. You are allowed to be mad, even disappointed. Some people don’t understand that part of this book, the acceptance. Enjoy the happiness, because if you have not noticed, our author loves to go on rides. Soon we find that travel is in the immediate future and that simple plans can have vast impacts. Old friends and old foes rejoin the group as an odd course set for a distant horizon come into view. There are some who find the end of this book a bit to fanciful to be true, and honestly I wish to look them I the eye and ask “Seriously?” *shrug* we are discussing time travel here, leaps of faith must be taken. If you find yourself waning at the end, may I bolster you with the fact that book 4 is a SMASH hit out of the theoretical park and you will not regret a single word later on. Enjoy my friends, enjoy. 4.5 stars out of 5 (mostly because I have a fear of drowning)
Since a young and tender age Chris Patterson has been addicted to books. Her grandmother provided a Nancy Drew monthly book by mail subscription that was the gateway drug. Amazon is now planning world domination around her one-click addiction.