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Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander Book 8)

Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Diana Gabaldon
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The latest epic volume in the multi-million-copy bestselling Outlander series.

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It is June 1778, and the world seems to be turning upside-down. The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win. But for Claire Fraser and her family, there are even more tumultuous revolutions that have to be accommodated.

Her former husband, Jamie, has returned from the dead, demanding to know why in his absence she married his best friend, Lord John Grey. Lord John's son, the ninth Earl of Ellesmere, is no less shocked to discover that his real father is actually the newly resurrected Jamie Fraser, and Jamie's nephew Ian Murray discovers that his new-found cousin has an eye for the woman who has just agreed to marry him.

And while Claire is terrified that one of her husbands may be about to murder the other, in the 20th century her descendants face even more desperate turns of events. Her daughter Brianna is trying to protect her son from a vicious criminal with murder on his mind, while her husband Roger has disappeared into the past...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2495 KB
  • Print Length: 849 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385344430
  • Publisher: Orion (10 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Diana Gabaldon is the internationally bestselling author of many historical novels including Cross Stitch, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow Ashes. She lives with her family in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Here's what you could have won. Interminable. 3 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Remember that old TV Show Bullseye, where they showed the losers at the end the prize that they could have won but hadn't? This latest episode in the never ending story of (occasionally) Jamie and Claire Fraser has a few, tantalising glimpses of the writer in her hey dey, I.e. Books 1-3, but no more than that. Huge chunks of this sizeable tome found me skipping through screeds of Army detail that held no interest for me, Lord John Grey, whose fascination has always escaped me, and jumps erratically to the past and the future in a seemingly random and very distracting manner. Distasteful sex scenes with highly improbable behaviour from 18th century virgins were increasingly desparate, and added nothing to the story. Too Long by far, too many irrelevant characters with nothing to recommend them, it mostly reminded me of Book 4 and its interminable descriptions of the gathering.
Yet I found myself enjoying the few wee nuggets that were vintage Gabaldon, showing me the book we could have had, but I fear won't ever get again. She knows we want Jamie & Claire, but doesn't seem to want to deliver them.
This series has long outstayed its welcome, time for it to be retired.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Jo
***This review will contain spoilers! I wouldn't read it if you don't want to get spoiled and if you haven't read the book yet. It's a bit long as well, sorry***

I was expecting a lot from this book. Firstly, for a long time I expected it was going to be the last one, and therefore was excited to have everything nicely tied up, and lots of wonderful epic scenes with plot twists and danger and tears and.... well, you know, all that awesome stuff. But then DG said it wasn't going to be the final book, and I was strangely disappointed. It's not that I want to say goodbye to these characters exactly, it's just that things seem to have been drawn out for so long and what should be important plot points dragged out or ignored or only hinted at for so many books, that I'm just feeling a bit tired. Don't get me wrong, I love the series, and I really enjoyed this book. But I want an ending! I want things to calm down for these characters and for them to settle and live out what is left of their lives happily, in peace.

So, anyway, onto the book. I bought the hard back copy and it was HUGE. Like, really heavy, so I didn't carry it around with me to read on the bus or at work, which I suppose meant that I drew it out a bit longer than I might usually. If you're thinking of buying this book, and you've got an ereader, download it rather than buying the book version.

We still get lots of chapters from Claire's POV, but increasingly over the series we have followed the path of lots of other characters, too, and WIMOHB was no different. Most of the time I did enjoy this, but other times I felt it just dragged the book out unnecessarily and many plots went on for too long, and ended unsatisfactorily or unresolved.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What was once a most pleasurable read is now turning into a slog, with plot lines becoming hackneyed, innumerable characters hard to remember ( and often forgettable) who move in and out of the pages with a regularity confusing to even the most ardent fan. There is no rhythm to the latest offering, in fact it is jarring, presented more as individual stories cobbled together. Diana Gabaldon has an undeniable grasp of the English language but this reader felt herself wading through yet more descriptions of Jamie's beauty through Claire's eyes, more details of her miraculous medical prowess, the sweaty state of the human anatomy, with descriptions of the Revolution serving more to emphasise the author's in depth historical research, rather than a vehicle to move the narrative along.. and it never seemed to move for all the novel was 800 + pages long.
After 8 books, my feeling is one of time expired, of having too much of a good thing. The Fraser family et al should now be laid to rest at the Ridge, whilst still able to hold on to fond memories of a saga well told.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm, good in parts 29 Jun 2014
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I've loved these books, some more than others but this one is certainly the weakest. The plot inches along and by the end of 890 pages you don't feel you've travelled very far. I found the whole Roger and Buck finding Jerry plain silly and couldn't work out whether we were meant to think that Buck had had sex with his mother who he seemed to fancy?! What was the point of the Jane/Nancy story? Or various other random characters that took up pages but didn't advance the plot. The use of a letter to let Bree know Roger was in the wrong time was very convenient but I guess it was the only way.

Also notable is DG's joint obsession with the smell of sweat and sex! The odour of everything is described in detail, sometimes it would be lovely to think that everyone had had a really thorough wash before rolling in the hay!!

I found the endless battle sequences very dull, great context but OTT, I would have rather had more of William getting to know his real family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A disappointing end to a wonderful saga. I was beginning to think that there would be another book then suddenly it was all wrapped up in the last chapter. Sad after following this fabulous story for so long!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Really!!!
Although I have enjoyed the books immensely (and am enjoying this latest offering from Diana Gabalden) the wait between books make me forget all the things that irritate me! Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Maddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious prose and intriguing plot and characters
After waiting 5 years for this book, I am not disappointed in the least. The amount of research done by the author, Diana Gabaldon, to make everything from homemade penicillin and... Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Lucy Bergstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner...
I was introduced to the Outlander books by my Mum, who is like myself an avid reader. However I didn't realise that reading these books would turn into something of an obsession. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Shirley Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read by Diana Gabaldon
I have read all Diana Gabaldon's books and Written in my own Hearts Blood, was another great read, with the continued saga of Jamie & Claire and their family & friends, from the... Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Anne Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well worth waiting for!
Published 19 hours ago by Mrs Mary M Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Diana Gabaldon at her best.
Fantastic read. Cannot wait for her next book.
Published 1 day ago by Mrs Susan P Blackett
3.0 out of 5 stars I started reading and as I got to the middle I started getting bored,...
I waited for this to come out. I started reading and as I got to the middle I started getting bored, and that's unusual as I have all the others in the series and have read many... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mrs J Farbrother
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
as usual excellent descriptions and faultless storytelling. do we really have to wait four more years for the next book?
Published 2 days ago by js
5.0 out of 5 stars worth waiting for
Love the medical details and the challenge of keeping track of all the different strands of the family groups involved.
Published 2 days ago by A E McDonald
1.0 out of 5 stars time to close the book
Disappointing. Sometimes it even didn't look like it was written by Diana. Jamies beauty becomes boring. Claires skills unbelievable. Read more
Published 2 days ago by patsy jansen-buter
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