Written in My Own Heart's Blood

Written in My Own Heart's Blood

A Novel

Book - 2014
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In her now classic novel  Outlander,  Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears . . . into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels, and CNN has called it "a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries]." Now the story continues in  Written in My Own Heart's Blood .
 
1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington's troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is, and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie's wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces.
 
The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland. Or not. In fact, Brianna is  searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family's secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy . . . never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself.
 
Written in My Own Heart's Blood  is the brilliant next chapter in a masterpiece of the imagination unlike any other.

Publisher: [Toronto] :, Doubleday Canada,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780385666121
Branch Call Number: F GAB
Characteristics: xv, 825 pages : genealogical tables ; 25 cm

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aleciaduane
Sep 15, 2020

Book 8

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DreBrown
Sep 11, 2020

Outlander - 8

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SaraWilson7
Oct 13, 2019

#8

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avlcek
Sep 22, 2019

#13

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nikkicoco777
Aug 24, 2019

Book 8

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kathryngauer
Mar 27, 2019

Book 8 in the Outlander series

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DANIEL HAMMANG
Jan 03, 2019

This is a well thought out book that, as the title says, uses diet and what the author calls Functional Medicine, to attack her progressive MS. She was motivated by the paleo diet movement and the Institute for Functional Medicine. That institute is based on the foundational principle that the current clinical model for treating disease, especially chronic disease, is obsolete.

I have a form of MS that my neurologist classifies as progressive relapsing. After ten years of care I have a lot of sympathy for the idea that a change in the way care is done could use some updating. I take a fair number of drugs. I have been through four different protocols for specifically addressing the MS. The progression of my MS has marched right along throughout all of them. I also take eleven other medications that address various symptoms that I have. All of them have been helpful in helping me maintain a better quality of life during the progression.

The effectiveness of all of them has seemed to have faded over time, though, as the various symptoms inexorably march on. I often wonder whether it is worth taking them.

I have also faithfully worked at many of the alternative therapies that Wahl talks about. For me the most effective ones have been yoga, exercise and meditation. My diet has also changed very dramatically. My calorie intake is much lower and I eat a lot of fruit. There are some meat based proteins and a lot fewer carbs. A lot more fiber.

After ten years I have found that the meditation has opened up a great gift for me: acceptance. In the history of this group we call human beings there is long, deep cultural support for that idea. It was a bit of surprise for me to discover that fact after living within a culture of great personal empowerment. There is a lot to be said for empowerment of the individual and I have lived most of my life being enriched in many senses of that word pursuing the individual goal setting and action based days that that model calls for.

I'm in a place now where I am at peace in accepting the trajectory that I am on. I say three cheers to Dr. Wahl for her rational, evidence based approach. I hope it continues to work for her and her Wahl warriors. And I hope that the clinical testing that she has correctly undertaken winds up supporting her hypothesis.

And I ask that as a society we leave room for both paths.

This is perhaps more than a book review. I hope that some folks out there find it helpful.

Karen_Weber Jul 11, 2018

Historical fiction, romance, time travel! This latest addition to Diana Gabaldon's hit Outlander series has it all. We pick up the story of Clair Bauchamp Fraser and James Alexander Malcom McKenzie Fraser (Jaime to those of us who know him well) and their lives in colonial North Carolina in the 1770s. Yes, times were interesting! A coming war, the newly immigrated and their relations to the indigenous people of North America. And the love between Jaime and Claire. Mix in their grown daughter's life and family in current day Scotland. Beautifully written, historically accurate, and just lovely. I listened to this and all of the Outlander novels through DCL's RB Digital app. A great listening experience.

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serafyp
Jun 23, 2016

Will there be another one I have so enjoyed living with Claire, Jamie and their family. Would Love to continue

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erinsnest
Mar 04, 2016

March 4 2016....my first read of this baby starting. Will listen to the audio book at the same time. Makes it slow, but soooo enjoyable!.....March 21, I am almost at page 300, and I am finding the parts about Roger and Brianna the most page turning. Things in the past are going pretty slow, but I certainly am enjoying this read.

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