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The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon

It has been awhile since I’ve read one of Gabaldon’s Outlander series and “The Scottish Prisoner” is a worthy addition to the historical spy thriller series.

In “The Scottish Prisoner” the series’ hero, Lord John Grey, takes charge of a Scottish lord who is now a paroled prisoner worker under a false name as a groom at a Lake District manor.  Grey takes the prisoner, Jamie Fraser, to London to meet with Grey’s brother and to plan a visit to Ireland in order to determine the meaning of an obscure poem written in Erse, the Gaelic common to both Scotland and Ireland.  The translation heightens the suspicion that there is a plot afield to reignite the Jacobean uprising against the British monarch, King George II.

Gabaldon must live and breath this Georgian period of British history because she tells the tale in convincing detail that the reader feels transported to the 18th century. The author’s descriptions take into account all of the senses so that the reader can visualize what it was like to live in that period in Ireland, Scotland, the Lake District or in London in 1760.  As one who has ancestors from England, Scotland and Ireland, I could put myself into that era and picture what life was like for my own kin.

I enjoyed getting reacquainted with this era and with these characters and look forward to the next installment in the Outlanders series.

Liz Nichols

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