Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: August 28th 2007
In her much-anticipated new novel, the New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander saga brings back one of her most compelling characters: Lord John Grey--soldier, gentleman, and no mean hand with a blade. Here Diana Gabaldon brilliantly weaves together the strands of Lord John's secret and public lives--a shattering family mystery, a love affair with potentially disastrous consequences, and a war that stretches from the Old World to the New. . . .
In 1758, in the heart of the Seven Years' War, Britain fights by the side of Prussia in the Rhineland. For Lord John and his titled brother Hal, the battlefield will be a welcome respite from the torturous mystery that burns poisonously in their family's history. Seventeen years earlier, Lord John's late father, the Duke of Pardloe, was found dead, a pistol in his hand and accusations of his role as a Jacobite agent staining forever a family's honor.
Now unlaid ghosts from the past are stirring. Lord John's brother has mysteriously received a page of their late father's missing diary. Someone is taunting the Grey family with secrets from the grave, but Hal, with secrets of his own, refuses to pursue the matter and orders his brother to do likewise. Frustrated, John turns to a man who has been both his prisoner and his confessor: the Scottish Jacobite James Fraser.
Fraser can tell many secrets, and withhold many others. But war, a forbidden affair, and Fraser's own secrets will complicate Lord John's quest. Until James Fraser yields the missing piece of an astounding puzzle, and Lord John, caught between his courage and his conscience, must decide whether his family's honor is worth his life.
I did not read this book straight through, but as a slow read right before bed, so I have been enjoying about thirty minutes of reading a night...until the last third of the book..then well I just had to keep reading because it was such a attention grabbing story! Each book or novella regarding Lord John keep getting more and more detailed. In my other reviews I mentioned that I enjoyed the writing, the overall story, Lord John, etc. but that I found the stories a little to rushed. Not this time, no this time, I thought the story detail, adventures and sidelines were fantastic.
I loved seeing more of some of the previous characters such as Tom, Stephan_von_Namtzen and Harry Quarry for with each story they become more tangible and lifelike. I loved that this story took the hints of the scandal associated with the Gray family, fully developed it and solved it. I loved the little pieces of information that were expertly thrown into this story. As always the rich detail to the outfits, locations, events and emotions made this story by DG fantastic. For those that thought her Outlander books were too sexually explicit, than this book needs to come with a disclaimer as Lord John and Percy, and others share some very intimate moments near the last half of the book. What I lastly enjoyed about this book is that it brought more depth to Lord John and we saw how creative he could get and what truly matters to him and his character.
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Disclaimer~ I borrowed this book from the library. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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