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Lynn | 4047 comments Mod
Written in My Own Heart's Blood is the eight book in the Outlander series and the winner of the Romance Category.

Previous group reads in the series:
Book #1 - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
Book #2 - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
Book #3 - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
Book #4 - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
Book #5 - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
Book #6 - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
Book #7 - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander, #8) by Diana Gabaldon

Book Summary:
In June of 1778, the world turns upside-down. The British army withdraws from Philadelphia, George Washington prepares to move from Valley Forge in pursuit, and Jamie Fraser comes back from the dead to discover that his best friend has married Jamie’s wife. The ninth Earl of Ellesmere discovers to his horror that he is in fact the illegitimate son of the newly-resurrected Jamie Fraser (a rebel _and_ a Scottish criminal!) and Jamie’s nephew Ian Murray discovers that his new-found cousin has an eye for Ian’s Quaker betrothed.

Meanwhile, Claire Fraser deals with an asthmatic duke, Benedict Arnold, and the fear that one of her husbands may have murdered the other. And in the 20th century, Jamie and Claire’s daughter Brianna is thinking that things are probably easier in the 18th century: her son has been kidnapped, her husband has disappeared into the past, and she’s facing a vicious criminal with nothing but a stapler in her hand. Fortunately, her daughter has a miniature cricket bat and her mother’s pragmatism.


ally  ¯\(ツ)/¯ (allykennedy) | 1002 comments So... I think it's fair to say that we gave up? LOL


Janina (sylarana) | 692 comments oh, I dropped this at 25% when it came out .. so I'll try to read at least another quarter this time round. She just got in over her head .. what used to be a silly, but thrilling time - travel romance is now a pseudo - historical mess with weird bits of almost romance thrown in every 200 pages or so.


ally  ¯\(ツ)/¯ (allykennedy) | 1002 comments I honestly thought I'd love this series. I read the first one and it could have been great! Diana Gabaldon just can't get to the point fast enough for me.


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Lynn | 4047 comments Mod
ally ¯\(ツ)/¯ wrote: "So... I think it's fair to say that we gave up? LOL"

Yup!

Despite me loving the characters and the storylines in general ...... there was just too many words!


ally  ¯\(ツ)/¯ (allykennedy) | 1002 comments Agreed.


Devon Stangland | 3 comments Her books are more like a mini-series. Take them in parts, read them as a long term investment. If you try to read them in a dense sitting they can get a bit overwhelming. I have enjoying listening to them on audiobook. Divina Porter is awesome. I also encourage you to really study the Family Tree in the front of the book. You'll find some entertaining family links. Seriously. :)


Janina (sylarana) | 692 comments I'm at 63% now and I'm actually really enjoying it. I still struggle with some of the names since it's been years that I've read the previous books, but it's nice. (though the first 2-3 books were much better)


Janina (sylarana) | 692 comments I just finished it and once I got into it, I enjoyed it. I like the characters and their stories, but the books just feel like something written over a long time without any editing. A soap opera does come to mind indeed. And, they are generally developed without a plan .. just written according to whims and ideas of the author as the story progresses. Long fanfictions often feel that way as well. A real book however that feels like the author just kept on writing without any idea how the story might go and without ever going back and maybe pruning odd bits and pieces here and there? So, enjoyable trash literature if you've got a lot of time without anything better to do ...


message 10: by Lea (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lea (leaspot) | 77 comments I enjoyed this book more than the previous three; in fact, I would go so far as to say that this one was my favorite sequel in the series. However, I'm not sure it was worth reading all the previous books (The Fiery Cross - I'm talking about you!!!) to get to this one. Reading Gabaldon takes a series commitment. :-)


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