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The Space Between

(Outlander #7.5)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  15,622 ratings  ·  771 reviews
Joan MacKimmie is on her way to Paris to take up her vocation as a nun. Yet her decision is less a matter of faith than fear, for Joan is plagued by mysterious voices that speak of the future, and by visions that mark those about to die. The sanctuary of the nunnery promises respite from these unwanted visitations . . . or so she prays. Her chaperone is Michael Murray, a y ...more
Kindle Edition, 118 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Dell (first published October 11th 2012)
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Caitlin As a standalone novella, it is only in eBook format. However, it can be found in A Trail of Fire, a collection of 4 stories by Gabaldon, which is avai…moreAs a standalone novella, it is only in eBook format. However, it can be found in A Trail of Fire, a collection of 4 stories by Gabaldon, which is available in hard copy.(less)
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Erica I also had the impression that Melisande is Geillis. I haven't given the timeline sufficient thought (and should probably reread The Space Between), b…moreI also had the impression that Melisande is Geillis. I haven't given the timeline sufficient thought (and should probably reread The Space Between), but it hadn't occurred to me that Geillis had travelled more times, you could be right.(less)

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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*re-read 2019*

Excellent the second time around as well! I remember this storyline- I want MORE from these characters. Really good stuff.
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-kindle
Where I got the book: purchased on Kindle.

This is another of Diana Gabaldon’s nice little earners e-novelettes based on the Outlander series. This time—I hope I’ve gotten this right—it involves Jamie’s nephew Michael, returning to Paris after the death of his wife, and Jamie's stepdaughter Joanie (Laoghaire's daughter), traveling to Paris to become a nun. AND she wants to become a nun because…she is finding it hard to cope with being some kind of seer, with voices in her head and the ability to
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it

4.5 stars

Joan MacKimmie, stepdaughter of Jamie Fraser is leaving Scotland and heading to France to enter the convent, sailing across the Channel with Michael Murray on one of his ships. Michael, a recent widower, is returning to France after the death of his father, Ian.

Paul Rakoczy, Comte St Germain...believed back. Time-traveller and dabbler in magic, what is his agenda? Set in Paris, 1778 these two storylines ultimately intersect.


The Space Between:
For Michael, still bowed down
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novella, read-in-2014
My favorite Gabaldon novella so far. I loved Michael and Joan and I really want to know what happened to Raymond and Comte St Germain. I read Diana plans a new series about Raymond and time travellers and I really can't wait for it...This author is simply unique in her intensity, emotions and richness of details. ...more
Sonja Arlow
If I have to be completely honest even fans of Outlander really wont miss a lot by not reading the novella and the only reason why I bought this is because I miss Davina Porter’s narration :-)

This little interlude does not add or subtract anything from the main series but it was a nice 4-hour audio that apparently should only be read after book 7.

This definitely cannot be read as a stand alone with no knowledge of the series but I think it can be read before book 7 as the majority of the tension
The Space Between is a novella from the Outlander series. It was kind of cute because it gave you more information about characters that you didn't really know from the bigger books. Now this story is about Joan McKimmie, who is Jamie's step-daughter by the UGH Laoghaire. Sorry guys! I just did not like her in the first book nor in the show. Again, sorry to the people who like her.

Anyhoo, it's about her leaving Scotland for France with Michael Murray, who is Ian's older brother AND he runs a wi
Lisa Wolf
I just finished re-reading The Space Between, a wonderful novella by Diana Gabaldon centered on two barely known characters from the Outlander series: Michael Murray (son of Jenny and Ian) and Joan MacKimmie (daughter of Laoghaire and stepdaughter of Jamie). The Space Between takes place soon after events introduced in An Echo in the Bone, and I can only assume that the events in The Space Between will be referenced in the upcoming 8th book in the Outlander series.

Basically, this novella is a go
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Everything is good that's Outlander related, but I give it a 4 because it's so short, just as you're getting into it - it ends! It's surely enough to whet the appetite, but leaves the reader a bit dissatisfied and up in the air! The adventures of Michael Murray and Joan MacKimmie in Paris bring back memories and old characters from Dragonfly in Amber. Danger lurks nearby as Joan, starting out as a young novice in a convent, has a secret in which she has some sort of power to hear voices and fors ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
In this novella, Gabaldon chooses two lesser characters and send them on a journey mentioned towards the end of An Echo in the Bone. Young Joan MacKimmie, step-daughter of our beloved Jamie Fraser, heads to Paris to answer her calling and train to become a nun. Sent on her way with Jamie's nephew, Michael, they travel through the streets of Paris in a short and jam-packed story. While Joan seeks to make herself a bride of Christ, she wrestles with voices only she can hear, which offer both advic ...more
Lori C
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Sometimes a strange-looking boat would be there. But the rest was always the same and no doubt always would be: the old fishermen, catching their supper off the landing in stubborn silence, each guarding his space with outthrust elbows, the younger ones, barefoot and slump-shouldered with exhaustion, laying out their nets to dry, naked little boys diving off the quay. It gave him a soothing sense of eternity, watching the river. Perhaps it didn’t matter so much if he must one day die?"

A must r
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookclub, audio
3.5 A quick, interesting listen. We get to know Joan and Micheal, as well as some other characters we've met before. I really liked the link between time-travelling and being snatched by fairies. As always the biggest reasons to listen to this series is the author's amazing sense of humour, her ability to to get me to really feel for the characters, and Davina's astonishing narration. ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who wouldn't want to read more about the Comte St. Germain and Master Raymond?!?

They as well as Michael Murray (young Ian's brother) and Joan (Marsali's sister) are the stars of this novella!

It's short, but not too short. I enjoyed it!
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, kindle
Wow! I thought this would answer so many questions and it did answer some. But now I'm spinning with more questions than I started with! Can't wait to see where this all goes. ...more
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical


I mean, I love this series, and I am always happy for a little more time in the Outlander world, but what did I just read?

I'm hoping that this has something to do with the plot in book 8, like a prologue or something, because as a stand alone, this novella is not only very thin, but unresolved for me.

Honestly, I would have rather had the author spend her time getting book 8 and the conclusion of the story written and published, rather than spend the time on small side stories like this one,
Jessica Vaile
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As per usual, Herself has managed to do it again... Left me with that aching void of "What's next?"' I can't wait another moment for book 8. In such a short novella she was able to raise so many new questions, bring to life characters you felt were forgotten, and piqued many questions of Claire. I loved the opportunity to learn more about Joan and Michael, and see the beginning of a new kinship as well as the impact of Claire's warning on Michael. This definitely was a kind segue into book 8, pr ...more
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had to read this a couple of times, and I'm sure that I still missed a lot. This novella is packed full of useful Outlander series information. There are so many mysteries. This helps some with the blue color surrounding certain people and other things in the series. It also leads to so many new questions. The family tree is looking like everyone in the series is somehow connected. I admit I mostly focused on Jamie, Claire, Lord John, Brianna and Roger while reading the other books. I need to ...more
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Note: this contains spoilers for
An Echo in the Bone

As with all of Gabaldon's books, there is a gaping error in the timeline.

An Echo in the Bone
, Jamie writes a letter dated March 20, 1778, and says that Michael and Joan have already left. In other words, they've left before March 20. This novella starts with their departure, but says June 1778. As I've said in all my reviews of her other books: huh????

Also, the Comte St. Germain says "tabernac". But that's exclusively a Québecois word.
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
TEASE! That's all I can say… Diana's fantastic writing made me fall in love with two side characters from An Echo in the Bone, AND, we get a reemergence of Master Raymond. Fantastic, but too short!!! Thank goodness I can go right into Book #8, or this would have just made my heart hurt with longing. ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This was one of those novellas that if you happen to miss, it won't hurt. I struggled with this one. It was between 2 and 3 stars for me. But of course I rounded up for three reasons. One, because its Diana Gabaldon, two, it is Outlander, and three, it is Davina Porter. Those three reasons go hand in hand. So 3 stars. ...more
Ava {aka JBee} ☕
For one of the many fans awaiting for the next Outlander installment this June, I was thankful for this short story to tide me over. If youre just starting this series, this novella will be a bit spoilerish.

This fun gem follows Joan McKimmie, daughter of Laoghaire (pronounced "Leery", or as we fans like to call her, "Leg Hair") on her quest to quiet her inner demons.

The stoy opens with Joan, accompanied on a ships passage to France by Michael Murray, Young Ian's brother.  Joan seems to be runnin
Over the years, Diana Gabaldon has written a rich tapestry of supporting characters into the Outlander series. It took me a little while for my literary GPS to figure out where the two main characters of The Space Between fit into this tapestry. I can't say that I felt that I had the story exactly pinpointed. So, things started out a little on the slow side for me even for a novella.

That said, the story does pick up and I did find it to be a fun and interesting read. Since the story is truly an
Passion 4 Books
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Was a good read finding out more about Master Raymond and the relationship between Joan and Michael that ensued.

I struggled with the quickness of it all and bouncing from here to there but all and all enjoyable and informative.
Melissa **Just Really Loves Musicals**
Not quite as good as the other novella, but still a really interesting addition to the series.
Paula Berinstein
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A stunner! I would give this little book ten stars if I could. Not only is it beautifully written and completely absorbing but it's integral to the series storyline. Plus it's shocking. OMG, OMG. ...more
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Outlander Fans
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"4.5 stars" “The Space Between” is a novella set in the Outlander world that takes place roughly toward the end of An Echo in the Bone or perhaps between it and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. It involves several supporting characters from the series. In one part of the story we have Michael Murry, Jenny and Ian’s son and Young Ian’s older brother, and Joan MacKimmie, Laoghaire’s youngest daughter and Jamie’s step-daughter. In a separate storyline, we also have Paul Rako
Jennifer Ladd
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another worthy in-between. Surprise familiar characters and worthy new ones.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Allison ☾
I like these characters a lot but this was pretty friggin pointless.
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the first novella from the Outlander series I have read. While I enjoyed it,it took me a good while to get my bearings in the story.But it did all come together for me as I remembered some of the details from An Echo in the Bone.
Joan McKimmie(step-daughter of Jaimie)is on her way to France to become a nun. She is accompanied by Michael Murray(Ian's older brother) for safekeeping.Once there, things get complicated very quickly for both her and Michael.
This was a whirlwind of slightly le
Cyndi Tefft
Apr 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Gabaldon is one of my favorite authors so it pains me to give this one star, but it was not much more than a confusing, half-baked story that didn't seem to have much point or resolution. I wouldn't be surprised if it were actually a mishmash of deleted scenes that she pasted together in order to have a novella for sale. I enjoyed her other novella about Roger's parents, but this one was not up to her usual standards, unfortunately. :( ...more
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Diana Jean Gabaldon Watkins grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and is of Mexican-American and English descent. She has earned three degrees: a B.S. in Zoology, a M.S. in Marine Biology, and a Ph.D in Ecology.

She currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona .

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Outlander (9 books)
  • Outlander (Outlander, #1)
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  • Voyager (Outlander, #3)
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  • The Fiery Cross (Outlander, #5)
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