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Subject: Outlander - Diana Gabaldon - spoiler alert
Date Posted: 4/1/2010 9:50 AM ET
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Can someone tell me how the first book ended? I waited too long between Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber, and now I'm reading Dragonfly and just feel like I'm missing something. I know very well it may be something that unfurls it'self as I read further into the book, but I want to be reminded of how the 1st book ended just in case. Thank you!

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 10:32 AM ET
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IIRC, Claire and Jamie had a serene moment in which she told him she was pregnant at the very end of the book.  That's all I remember- I've only read it the one time, and that was at least a couple of years ago, but I know there are ladies here who have read it multiple times so maybe someone else remembers more detail than I do.

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 2:25 PM ET
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After Jamie is assaulted, Claire & Jamie are taken to an abbey and they both wait for him to heal.  They also make initial plans to go to France.   The next to last scene is a love scene where Jamie takes Claire to a hot spring on abbey grounds.  The very last scene is the one in which Claire tells Jamie she has a gift for him and puts his hand on her stomach.

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Date Posted: 4/3/2010 12:01 PM ET
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The abbey is in France. And the opening of the 2nd book does seem confusing because you are left with thinking she is going to have Jamie's child, then suddenly she's in 1968, in Scotland, with a daughter, at the beginning. So in a way you are missing something, but that something will be revealed later in this book - and book 3. Then there's much more of a cliffhanger at the end of the 2nd book, so have the third book nearby, ready! It's a wonderful journey.

Date Posted: 4/7/2010 11:54 PM ET
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SPOILER alert for Voyager

Wonderful, and very, very long.  The first time I read Dragonfly a couple years ago, I skipped all the Roger & Bree stuff - who the heck are these people, just gimme my Jamie! - much of the French intrigue, the politics, the Rising - ie, practically the entire book.  Then went on to Voyager, again skipping all the Roger & Bree, skimming the 20th century parts, until finally reaching the Jamie & Clare reunion.  I love Diana's writing, but get very impatient with the historical events and minor characters until I know what's happening with my beloved major characters.  I still have only read perhaps 90% of books 3-6, though many sections I have read I've reread multiple times.  I figure I'll reread them all in their entirety in 2 or 3 years in preparation for Book 8.

The point of this long story: keep reading and you won't be disappointed :)

Date Posted: 4/10/2010 12:10 PM ET
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That's exactly it.  DIA is a bit bewildering when you start, but it makes sense eventually.