Dragonfly in Amber, by Diana Gabaldon
Claire Randall has a secret. She’s kept it for over 20 years, but finally it is time to return to Scotland and confront her past. Dragonfly in Amber is the second in the Outlander series, but my friend assured me that you can read them out of order.
The story begins with Claire searching for historical records that will confirm her difficult to believe story. 20 years before, she went missing for months as a young, married woman, before arriving back at home malnourished and pregnant, as mysteriously as she vanished. But where was she?
Now 20 years later, Claire’s husband has died and it is time to reveal to her daughter the truth about her father.
The book is a long saga weaving in the 1960s with the 1740s, in Claire’s attempt to stop the slaughter at Culloden during the Scottish Jacobite rebellion. It weaves history into the novel’s story and is extremely detailed and painstakingly researched. You will learn about the family connections of the clans in Scotland, the political motives of the various players, and some pretty gruesome medical treatments of the time.
I don’t want to give away the story, but highly recommend the book. The only challenge was that it took so long to get through (I admit I had to put it down to read other things in between), it was hard to remember the beginning once I got to the end.