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Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
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it was amazing


For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones ... about a love that transcends the boundaries of time ... and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his....


I will say that you need patience to read this series. The books are long, verra long indeed.

”This is Scotland. Of course not liking whisky is a crime.”


Twenty years have passed and Claire returns to Scotland to try and unravel some secrets.


I fell in love with Jamie in the first book, Outlander. So when this one started 20 years later with Claire being 48, I was excited as to see where it would go.


“The devil’s in the detail.” Isn’t that what they say? Well there sure was some detail in this story. I don’t know how long it took Ms Gabaldon to do her research for this. I found it authentic

“I am called Lord Broch Tuarach for formality’s sake,” the soft Scottish voice above me said. “And beyond the requirements of formality, you will never speak to me again—until you beg for your life at the point of my sword. Then, you may use my name, for it will be the last word you ever speak.”



“The price of Frank’s life was Jamie’s soul, and how was I to choose between them?”



“The window was made up of thousands of tiny colored panes, held in place by strips of melted lead. Though the entire window, a mythological scene of the Judgment of Paris, shuddered in its frame, the leading held most of the panes intact; in spite of the crash and tinkle, only a jagged hole at the feet of Aphrodite let in the soft spring air.”




“I stood still, vision blurring, and in that moment,
I heard my heart break.
It was a small, clean sound, like the snapping of a flower's stem.”



“The gray cloud that had surrounded me … seemed to draw closer, wrapping me in swaddling folds that dimmed the light of the brightest day. Sounds seemed to reach me faintly, like the far-off ringing of a buoy through fog at sea.”



REMEMBER MAN, THOU ART DUST …
AND UNTO DUST YOU SHALL RETURN



“Never,” he whispered to me. “Never. Never another but me! Look at me! Tell me! Look at me, Claire!” ”

“For you are mine.
My wife, my heart, my soul.”



Jamie and Claire’s story is epic.
It was wonderful.
They were perfect together and perfect for each other.

“And I looked, held prisoner, bound to him. Looked, as he dropped the last of his masks, and showed me the depths of himself, and the wounds of his soul. I would have wept for his hurt, and for mine, had I been able. But his eyes held mine, tearless and open, boundless as the salt sea. His body held mine captive, driving me before his strength, like the west wind in the sails of a bark.

And I voyaged into him, as he into me, so that when the last small storms of love began to shake me, he cried out, and we rode the waves together as one flesh, and saw ourselves in each other’s eyes.”


Once again, we are sent on a journey through Scotland and France. Parisian Court beckons and Jamie and Claire are thrown headfirst into aristocratic life in Paris.


To be honest, some of the political detail went right over my head. I don’t know a lot about Scottish history – well I do know that they or some of them are looking for their independence from England with a referendum in September.

“Whatever you want to say about the Swiss, they are clever woodcarvers, no?”



I wasn’t’t sure if I should be shouting for the Jacobites, the Stuarts, King Louis, Bonnie Prince Charlie…


I knew I was shouting for Jamie and Claire.

“He turned to me, wordless, and the breath rushed from him as he pulled me hard against him. Our hands groped in the dying light of the setting sun, urgent in the touch of warmth, the reassurance of flesh, reminded by the hardness of the invisible bone beneath the skin, how short life is.”


I loved Jamie’s sister, Jenny and her husband, Ian.

“Aye, mo duinne. But you’re my sassenach.”



I found the Scots Gaelic to be quite lovely. Verra similar to Irish so I could understand some of it.

“You’re mine, damn ye, Claire Fraser! Mine, and I wilna share ye, with a man or a memory, or anything whatever, so long as we both shall live. You’ll no mention the man’s name to me again. D’ye hear?” He kissed me fiercely to emphasize the point. “Did ye hear me?” he asked, breaking off.”


Once again, I could be here all night and talk about Jamie and Claire but time is of the essence and the night is falling.


“I know it,” he said quietly. “I do know it, my own. Let me tell ye in your sleep how much I love you. For there’s no so much I can be saying to ye while ye wake, but the same poor words, again and again. While ye sleep in ” “my arms, I can say things to ye that would be daft and silly waking, and your dreams will know the truth of them. Go back to sleep, mo duinne.”



“There is one way,” I said. “Only one.”



“I will find you,” he whispered in my ear. “I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you—then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust. But there is the one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest.”

His voice dropped, nearly to a whisper, and his arms tightened around me.

“Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well.”



“There aren’t any answers, only choices.
I’ve made a number of them myself, and no one can tell me whether they were right or wrong.”


Whoever picked the casting for the forthcoming TV series, ya picked verra well indeed.


I sort of go in blind to these books. I am really afraid that I will read a spoiler. I already did with the first one when I saw something on Pinterest.


As I said in my review for the previous book, I hope my son gets his place at Edinburgh Univeristy and I can walk in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire Fraser. This book is way more than my review. There are twists and turns and events that will tear at your heartstrings.

Looking forward to my Buddy Read tomorrow of Book 2 avec mon amie, Ⓐlleskelle, n'est pas Alexandra? She is probably cringing at my ruination of the French language.


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Diana Gabaldon
“Babies are soft. Anyone looking at them can see the tender, fragile skin and know it for the rose-leaf softness that invites a finger's touch. But when you live with them and love them, you feel the softness going inward, the round-cheeked flesh wobbly as custard, the boneless splay of the tiny hands. Their joints are melted rubber, and even when you kiss them hard, in the passion of loving their existence, your lips sink down and seem never to find bone. Holding them against you, they melt and mold, as though they might at any moment flow back into your body.

But from the very start, there is that small streak of steel within each child. That thing that says "I am," and forms the core of personality.

In the second year, the bone hardens and the child stands upright, skull wide and solid, a helmet protecting the softness within. And "I am" grows, too. Looking at them, you can almost see it, sturdy as heartwood, glowing through the translucent flesh.

The bones of the face emerge at six, and the soul within is fixed at seven. The process of encapsulation goes on, to reach its peak in the glossy shell of adolescence, when all softness then is hidden under the nacreous layers of the multiple new personalities that teenagers try on to guard themselves.

In the next years, the hardening spreads from the center, as one finds and fixes the facets of the soul, until "I am" is set, delicate and detailed as an insect in amber.”
Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber

Diana Gabaldon
“I talk to you as I talk to my own soul," he said, turning me to face him. He reached up and cupped my cheek, fingers light on my temple. "And Sassenach," he whispered, "Your face is my heart.”
Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber

Diana Gabaldon
“I stood still, vision blurring, and in that moment, I heard my heart break. It was a small, clean sound, like the snapping of a flower's stem.”
Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber

Diana Gabaldon
“Blood of my Blood," he whispered, "and bone of my bone. You carry me within ye, Claire, and ye canna leave me now, no matter what happens, You are mine, always, if ye will it or no, if ye want me or nay. Mine, and I wilna let ye go.”
Diana Gabaldon , Dragonfly in Amber

Diana Gabaldon
“I will find you," he whispered in my ear. "I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you - then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust. But there is the one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest."

His voice dropped, nearly to a whisper, and his arms tightened around me.

Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well.”
Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber


Reading Progress

June 21, 2014 – Started Reading
June 21, 2014 – Shelved
June 21, 2014 –
0.0% "I swore I was gonna to take a wee break and read something different before starting book 2 but I kinna do it, I have ta return to Jamie and Claire ...\n \n "
June 21, 2014 –
1.0% "
Wish I remembered more about Scottish history from my school days.
\n \n "
June 21, 2014 –
1.0% "
????
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June 22, 2014 –
10.0% ""Oh, Claire, ye do break my heart wi' loving you."\n \n "
June 22, 2014 –
17.0% "
”Do me a favor, Sassenach,” he said … “Take a bigger fan.”
\n \n "
June 22, 2014 –
18.0% "Let's go to Versailles, shall we?\n \n "
June 23, 2014 –
31.0% ""
June 23, 2014 –
32.0% "
”For you,” he said. “For protection.”
\n \n "
June 23, 2014 –
34.0% "This is not the type of Dame Blanche they are referring to. I have been living in Belgium too long ...\n \n "
June 23, 2014 –
38.0% "
“Oh, Jesus H. fucking Christ!”
\n \n I knew it was too good to be true.\n \n "
June 23, 2014 –
38.0% "
No Hamlet on the stage had ever reacted to the appearance of a ghost with more convincing terror than I saw stamped on that aristocratic face.
\n Oh, Jamie, I feel for you.\n \n "
June 23, 2014 –
40.0% "
“I’m honest enough to say that I dinna care what the right and wrong of it may be, so long as you are here wi’ me, Claire,”
\n \n "
June 23, 2014 –
40.0% "I WILL NEVER BE FINISHED THIS BEFORE SIGNAL BEND COMES OUT!"
June 24, 2014 –
46.0% ""I'm sorry ... I must."\n \n "
June 24, 2014 –
47.0% "
There was one word I could hear and understand—my own name, shouted over and over, but at a distance.\n “Claire! Claire!”
\n \n "
June 24, 2014 –
49.0% "
“No, I’m a Catholic,” I answered. “But I’m not at all vicious about it,”
\n Join the club, Claire. \n \n "
June 24, 2014 –
50.0% "
”Where is Jamie?”
\n \n "
June 24, 2014 –
52.0% "
The river that flows through my home village in Ireland is called the River Fergus – I am a mine of useless fucking information for you.
\n \n "
June 24, 2014 –
56.0% ""
June 24, 2014 –
57.0% ""
June 24, 2014 –
58.0% "
A Scientific Treatise on Methods of Farming, by Sir Walter O’Bannion Reilly had made its appearance, with a small section on potato planting as presently practiced in Ireland.”
\n The Irish know a thing or two about spuds alright!\n \n "
June 24, 2014 –
60.0% "Jamie, I love you...\n \n
“That’s all right, Sassenach,” he said, with a smile in his voice. “It’s only that ye looked so beautiful, wi’ the fire on your face, and your hair waving in the wind. I wanted to remember it.”
"
June 24, 2014 –
61.0% "
”Pog ma mahon!”
\n \n It’s a different phrase in Irish but I understand what he means. LOL.\n \n "
June 25, 2014 –
69.0% "
"Mon Dieu, je regrette …"
\n \n "
June 25, 2014 –
80.0% "
Jamie, I still love you.
\n \n "
June 25, 2014 –
83.0% ""
June 25, 2014 –
83.0% "
“Ho, mo cridh! Ciamar a tha thu?”
\n I love how I can understand the Scots Gaelic as it is verra similar to Irish.\n \n "
June 25, 2014 –
91.0% "
We need to send our husbands, boyfriends, partners to the “Jamie Fraser Finishing School”. Everything he says has me swooning!
\n \n "
June 25, 2014 –
100.0% "
Amazing!
\n \n Review to come.\n \n "
June 25, 2014 – Finished Reading

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