Title: An Echo in the Bone
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Rating: 5 stars
This story brings in some new perspectives from William and Lord John, plus the continuing story of Ian who has a new love interest. Brianna and Roger are back in 1980 living at Lallybroch but have still managed to find a connection to the past. And of course we have Jamie and Claire (along with Ian) who find themselves travelling to Scotland but not without series of mishaps along the way.
Jamie and Claire are determined to make their way to Scotland to visit family while also picking up and bringing Jamie’s printing press to America. However not everything is smooth sailing (especially for Jamie) thus ensues a series of conflicts involving press-gangs and privateers and forces their return to America.
They find themselves embroiled in this affair and come across William and other interesting characters. As matters come to hand Jamie and Claire and Ian are summoned to escort a cousin of Jamie’s to Scotland- A General who has died fighting for the loyalists. This could be more fortuitous. And finally they make it safely to Scotland.
”Have ye ever in the slightest doubt that I need ye?”, he demanded.
“No, to the best of my knowledge, you needed me urgently the moment I saw you and I haven’t had reason to think you’ve got any more self-sufficient since.”
Brianna and Roger are back in the present and find themselves coming to terms with their situation. Mandy’s health is better and Jem is adjusting to life in modern times. Brianna finds herself a new job. And Roger is struggling to find his purpose but gets a visit from an unexpected guest.
William is a new soldier in the British armies and is trying to make his mark in the world. Lord John encounters someone from his past who is now a French spy who has some information that affects the Fraser family.
(this is where reading the Lord John Grey Series comes into play where relationships and characters are explained in a lot more detail). I found it very beneficial to have read this series and have heard others say that it helps to have read the series for this book in particular (plus it gives more detail to John and Jamie’s friendship).