I put off reading this book because of the length and the fact that some of the recent books in the series have been a disappointment. I shouldn't have waited. In my opinion, this is one of the best books in the series. Now that they're involved in the American Revolution, we get to meet historical figures like George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. Without giving too much away; we also get to revisit some of my favorite characters who have not been in recent books. This was the first book I've read since the TV series started. With that fresh in my mind, I could really appreciate had Gabaldon has realistically evolved her characters as they age, while still staying true to their original inception. I won't put off reading the next book.