book 2 of 50: dragonfly in amber

Book 2 of 50 is complete! Sticking with the Outlander series, my next book was Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. The beginning started out with Claire's story set some 20 years in the future. She recounts the years she spent with Jamie leading up to the Battle of Culloden in 1746, to her red-haired daughter. Starting this way, I knew eventually Claire would have to leave Jamie and travel back to her current time and she would be pregnant when doing so. But, I just didn't know when it would happen, which made me nervous and scared (in a good way) while reading it. While this book definitely had less love scenes between the two, their relationship flourished into more of a solid, foundationally built relationship, but this book contained more history, which I loved. The love quotes between Jamie and Claire are enough to make my heart melt, but it's the quotes that make me literally laugh out loud that always get my attention the most. “Lying on the floor, with the carved panels of the ceiling flickering dimly above, I found myself thinking that I had always heretofore assumed that the tendency of eigh­teenth-century ladies to swoon was due to tight stays; now I rather thought it might be due to the idiocy of eighteenth-century men.”

If you're interested, here is the blurb from the author's website: DRAGONFLY IN AMBER is the second novel in the main OUTLANDER series. The book carries on the story begun in OUTLANDER, but begins with a brief framing story set in 1968, in which Claire Randall visits a young Oxford don named Roger MacKenzie in Inverness, in search of answers for her daughter, Brianna. Her request is unusual; she has a list of names, Jacobite soldiers who fought with Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s army, who took part in the disastrous battle at Culloden in 1746. What happened to these men, she asks, following the battle? Roger is surprised at her intensity, but intrigued at her question—and intrigued even more by her red-haired daughter. The answer to Roger’s search leads all three to an unexpected grave—and to a revelation that will turn all their lives inside-out. Claire tells Roger and Brianna what happened during the year before the Stuart Rising: the political intrigues, the chain of spying, betrayal, and murder that led her and her husband James Fraser from the court of Louis XV to the windswept moors of the Scottish Highlands and the blood-soaked ground of Culloden. The horrifying trap of circumstance and honor that sent her back to the future—and the present set of circumstances that have led her to her quest, and to a still more shocking revelation.

It would be too obvious to say I'm hooked to this series.