Book Review: Written In My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon


Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander  is my favorite series. Seriously. Favorite. Series. Ever. I’m thrilled that Outlanders will come to life as a series on the Starz network August ninth, and I’m even more excited I finally got a chance to read the latest book in the series, Written In My Own Heart’s Blood (Delacorte Press, 848 paes, $35.00).

If you’ve never read the series, explaining it is complicated. There’s time travel, a beautiful love story, and excellent character development – but there’s so much more. Way too much to explain here. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (AKA WIMOHB) is the eighth book in the series, so there’s a lot of back story. This one picks up where the action of the last book, An Echo In The Bone left off. At this point in the series Claire, who is a a time traveler from the 20th century currently living in 18th century America, believes Jaimie (her husband – he’s super hot and sometimes wears a kilt) is dead as a result of a failed voyage from Scotland to the States. Circumstances have forced Claire to marry Lord John Grey, Jaimie’s best friend, in order to remain safe in 1778 Philadelphia.

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Jaimie comes back and Claire is shocked to learn that he didn’t die. Their reunion is short lived as George Washington asks Jaimie to serve in the war. You can’t really say no to George Washington, right? Gabaldon’s depiction of life during wartime is fascinating as always, and she describes battle with such detail that I felt like I was fighting and working alongside Jaimie and Claire. I love the many descriptions of the medical procedures Claire performs on the sick and wounded. I can’t imagine how many hours of research Gabaldon must have done just to get the details of the battles and surgical procedures correct.

The secret concerning William’s true father finally comes out in this book. I would like to have seen more interaction between Jaime and William, but I assume the next book will explore their relationship further.

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Brianna, Jaime and Claire’s daughter, and her husband Roger (they and their two children are also able to travel through time) are living in the 1980 Scotland at the beginning of the book when things go horribly wrong. Roger travels back to he past because he believes their son Jem has been kidnapped and taken back to the 1700’s. Back in the 1980’s Brianna discovers that Jem is still in the present and must figure out how to reunite her husband with the family while dealing with problems on her homefront. The Roger/Brianna storyline has been my favorite in the last couple of books. I wish Diana Gabaldon would consider writing a spin off series featuring the couple.

Gabaldon’s story of enduring love through time is captivating. She ends the book with a tease that left me on the edge of my seat for the next book in the series. I have a feeling I’ll be on the edge of that seat for at least a few years since writing such detailed novels understandably takes years to do. Written In My Own Heart’s Blood, is a page turner! Readers who enjoy historical fiction and time travel romance will love Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.

Fell free to comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts about WIMOHB or any other book in the Outlander series.

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  1. says

    I love your style of writing and i love that you can write about a book without completely spoiling the story line. You give just enough information for me to instantly want to read it to find out more. This series will definitely be on my list of books to buy now

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