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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
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (408 customer reviews)

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The latest epic volume in the multimillion-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 twentieth century her descendants face an even more desperate turn 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 (408 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,770 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm, good in parts 29 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really!!! 13 July 2014
By Maddy
Format:Kindle Edition
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! What's a "scottish noise"? Do I want lengthy descriptions on how much Claire sweats, who smells etc! The thing that annoys me the most is that Jamie and Claire are still described and act as though they are young and sexually attractive to all - the only nod to their age (Jamie 58 and Claire 63) is a bit of arthritis! The average life expectancy in 1776 was 36 so I imagine they would have been considered pretty old! Oh well - it's only a story but as a 63 year old in modern times I certainly don't have the energy or inclination for all that passionate anytime, anywhere jiggy jiggy any more!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 27 Aug 2014
By NessieP
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Every book in this series after Voyager has been a struggle to read. Claire isn't fun anymore as in the first 3 books and there is too much description for things that don't need describing - I feel this is to drag the book out. Also the olde worlde talk is like gobbledeegook. Why doesn't Claire even think in 20th century language????? I keep plodding on with these books praying to get a glimpse of the fabulous writing of Cross Stitch, Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager but there isn't any. I am really struggling to understand readers giving this 5 stars.
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13 of 14 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More waffle with no end in sight 1 Aug 2014
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I cannot say that im disappointed in this latest book as its rather what I have come to expect since book 4 really. The only thing that has kept me going is a trust in the author to perhaps at some point come back to the actual story which began in book one and somehow managed to get lost after book 3. Now after reading book 8 I am still wondering where it is. The series started out with so much promise, so much potential and I loved every minute of it, could not put the books down. Then it all went downhill for me halfway through Drums of Autumn when I realised it was full of waffle and this has continued, endless waffle right up to the last page of My own hearts blood! Im still in a state of confusion as to why the author would have us travel with roger, for all those chapters, to find his father then end that story within 2 seconds flat! What was the reason for all that then? That seems to be my biggest gripe with this series now, in that DG will spend pages upon pages detailing something that has no bearing on the story at all,( ie all those tedious surgical procedures clare performs on random inconsequential characters that most often never appear again) but will either not follow through with the more engaging stories or will leave the main threads of the story hanging in the air. Quite frankly im fed up with her writing style, this endless long drawn out middle of the story in which I've been drowning since Drums of autumn! Im bored of war, im bored of meeting characters who go nowhere and add nothing to the story and im bored of the frasers at this point. I read to escape the monotony of day to day life but reading Gabaldon's books is actually much more tedious than doing household chores on my days off work. This book is no exception. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars When can we expect more??? Love it.
Another great installment of the Outlander series.
Published 4 hours ago by Britabroad
5.0 out of 5 stars some sad, some happy all intertwined with the their adventures ...
For Jamie and Claire fans the latest in the Outlander series takes more twists and turns than ever. Some truly bizarre events , some sad, some happy all intertwined with the their... Read more
Published 9 hours ago by beenthere1953
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love, love, love Diana Gabaldon's writing, I wait with baited breath for the next installment...
Published 16 hours ago by Miss V J Melvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read as all outlander books by Diana Gabaldon
Published 2 days ago by bella
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Usual brillliant work. Absorbed from start to finish!
Published 2 days ago by A. C. Mcknight
5.0 out of 5 stars At last!
Long awaited, still reading and enjoying.
Published 3 days ago by Yvonne Baggott
2.0 out of 5 stars I am so sorry to say this as I loved the first 5 books of this series
I am so sorry to say this as I loved the first 5 books of this series. In my opinion she should have stopped when the going was good. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Daisy Gardener
4.0 out of 5 stars a great read as usual
hugely enjoyable disappointed at finishing the book. Hope there 's going to be another as some gaps need to be filled in. If youre a fan of these books well worth the wait.
Published 6 days ago by Cotton sox
4.0 out of 5 stars As usual loved the continuing story of Clare and Jamie Fraser et ...
As usual loved the continuing story of Clare and Jamie Fraser et al. Sometimes got a bit confused with the many characters' names as they entered and left the story, but otherwise... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Elizabeth Riddell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I read this next saga too quickly, and cannot wait for the next installment
Published 7 days ago by Susanne Puca
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