AN ECHO IN THE BONE
September 22, 2009
Delacorte Press, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group
Rating: 5 cups
Jamie and Claire Fraser’s daughter, Briana, has passed back through the stones with her husband, Roger Mac, and their two children, Jem and Amanda. Living life in 1980 Scotland is a far cry from life in 1776 North Carolina. The MacKenzies have gone back to Lallybroch in order to give their children some part of their Scottish heritage. Bree is facing some struggles of her own. She is working in a male-dominated industry with men who are not quite ready for a woman boss. She proves herself to be a Fraser with her compassionate nature and her spitfire attitude.
Young Ian Murray is facing a few struggles, also. Uncle Jamie and Auntie Claire are taking him back to Scotland. His mother, Jenny, had made Jamie promise years before to bring Young Ian home to her. His life has not been an easy one, but he is struggling with some things he has done in his effort to survive. Watching the couples around him causes Ian’s ache for a woman of his own to be amplified. Will love find Young Ian Murray again?
The Frasers are leaving The Ridge at the onset of the Revolutionary War. Jamie refuses to face his illegitimate son, William, in battle. Instead, Jamie and Claire are sailing home to Lallybroch, Scotland, with their nephew, Ian, in tow. Jamie wants to retrieve his printing press from Scotland so he and Claire can return to North Carolina. Ever the warrior, Jaime intends to wage his own battle with words instead of weapons. When faced with the opportunity to change history in a major way, Claire struggles against what is right and wrong. She has already changed it in small ways by bringing twentieth century medicine back to the eighteenth century. What harm could it do? The Frasers are off on another adventure filled with danger, mayhem and love. However, they would not be the Frasers if life were dull.
This is definitely not a stand-alone book because it is a hard story to follow if you are not familiar with this series. I have had the pleasure of reading the entire series. For me, this is like a letter from family. The characters have embedded themselves in my very soul. I laugh and cry with them. The tragedies faced make the joys they experience just that much greater. Ms. Gabaldon writes in such a way that the reader becomes part of the action which is part of the Frasers’ life. Jamie and Claire are such strong personalities and their love for one another is unfaltering. Not a just a romance, this story holds appeal for everyone. From history buffs to science fiction fanatics, there is something for all readers.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More