Book Review: An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

Title: An Echo in the Bone
By: Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 1149
Release Date: January 21st, 2010
Publisher: Orion
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads:

Jamie Fraser, former Jacobite and reluctant rebel, is already certain of three things about the American rebellion: The Americans will win, fighting on the side of victory is no guarantee of survival, and he'd rather die than have to face his illegitimate son--a young lieutenant in the British Army--across the barrel of a gun.

Claire Randall knows that the Americans will win, too, but not what the ultimate price may be. That price won't include Jamie's life or his happiness, though--not if she has anything to say about it.

Meanwhile, in the relative safety of the twentieth century, Jamie and Claire's daughter, Brianna, and her husband, Roger MacKenzie, have resettled in a historic Scottish home where, across a chasm of two centuries, the unfolding drama of Brianna's parents' story comes to life through Claire's letters. The fragile pages reveal Claire's love for battle-scarred Jamie Fraser and their flight from North Carolina to the high seas, where they encounter privateers and ocean battles--as Brianna and Roger search for clues not only to Claire's fate but to their own. Because the future of the MacKenzie family in the Highlands is mysteriously, irrevocably, and intimately entwined with life and death in war-torn colonial America.

With stunning cameos of historical characters from Benedict Arnold to Benjamin Franklin, An Echo in the Bone is a soaring masterpiece of imagination, insight, character, and adventure--a novel that echoes in the mind long after the last page is turned.


This book was far more interesting that the last one. I was sucked in from the beginning, wanting to know what the old world had in store for my favorite characters. As usual, chaos ensues as only it can and I found myself chewing my finger nails off in anticipation. The only complaint I have was that the very end of the book had too much story packed into only a few chapters. I don't want to give it away, but it felt way to rushed and probably could have been its own book. All in all, a wonderful Outlander story by Gabaldon.

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