April 6th, 2016

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Book 23: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Book 23: Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) .
Author: Diana Gabaldon, 1992.
Genre: Historical Romance. Period Fiction. Time Travel.
Other Details: ebook. 976 pages. Unabridged Audiobook (39 hrs, 28 mns). Read by Davina Porter.

For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to the majesty of Scotland's 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 warrior whose gallantry once drew the young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful daughter as Claire's spellbinding journey continues in the intrigue-ridden court of Charles Edward Stuart, in a race to thwart a doomed uprising, and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.
- synopsis from UK publisher's website.

The first book ended at a pivotal moment for Claire and Jamie in the 18th century and this second book in the series opens in 1968 with an older Claire who had clearly returned to her own time. This raised many questions that were addressed by the close of the novel though with plenty more to encourage me onward.

This is a clearly popular series and I enjoyed it very much and did it as a dual read/listen. Davina Porter did an excellent job of narration including the Scottish accents, which could have proved difficult to any but a gifted voice actor. I expect to continue the series.