Finally! Finishes!! Because I was able to finish The Fiery Cross on Monday evening, I was able to get another book finished this week. I am going to review the second book first so that those who are reading the Outlander series and haven’t gotten to the Fiery Cross can skip the end of this post so that you don’t inadvertently read any spoilers.
Sing You Home
by Jodi Picoult is about Zoe Baxter who is married to Max and they have
fertility issues. After she is finally pregnant and gives birth to a
still born, Max decides that he has had enough and divorces her and
moves in with his brother and sister-in-law. The brother and
sister-in-law are super religious and Max then joins their church – not a
Zoe realizes that she has no friends since she has pushed
everyone away during her fertility battles and she latches onto the
first person who shows her any signs of friendship – Vanessa. In a
matter of 3 or 4 months, Zoe falls in love with Vanessa, they move in
together and then get married. And Vanessa wants to use the frozen
embryos from Zoe and Max’s last round of fertility treatments to have
Zoe’s baby. And
Max, being a newly reformed Christian, objects to Zoe’s relationship,
re-marriage and the desires for the embryos. Thank God for GLAAD to step in
and help Zoe with the court battle to fight for the embryos.
was a lot going on in this book and it felt like things happened very
fast and then everything was all wrapped up in a nice little bow. In the
course of about 3 months, Zoe is dealing with the still birth and then a
divorce, but there was only a week or 2 of depression? I found that a
little hard to believe. Then, Zoe is married to a man and within a
matter of 5 or 6 months from his request for a divorce, she falls in
love and gets married to a woman? Without having a lot of inner turmoil
about the switch and the ramifications? Feelings just seemed to be
glossed over a lot, in my opinion. I suppose that the bigger plot was
Vanessa using the embryos and not Zoe coming out at 40 after being
married for 10 years and dating Max for 2 years before that.
this is a typical Picoult novel – drama and/or something terrible
happens and then a court case that could go either way with a hot button
issue or two. Beware when listening to the audio version - there are
songs. Folk songs. Written for the book, but they just, I don’t know,
sounded forced or something. I fast forwarded through all of them. They
were supposed to add to the story, but I thought it was just odd.
The Fiery Cross
is the 5th book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. All of the
books are really individual Epic Novels, but I am sure there are people
who would agree that they wish the stories were longer. Or maybe longer
and broken down into more books. Either way, there are never enough of
the adventures to go around!
anyone not familiar, the Outlander series follows Claire, a 20th
century British nurse, who travels back in time to 18th century Scotland
and meets Jamie Fraser and his clansmen. Through additional forces
beyond her control, she is forced to marry Jamie and she unwillingly
falls in love with him and attempts to help him fight British troops in
the Jacobite Rising.
don’t be fooled. The series is not a Science Fiction novel. The actual
time travel accounts for such a small amount of the storyline. These
novels are really historical fiction based around actual events like the
Jacobite Rising, the Battle of Culloden and the American Revolution.
this installment, Claire, Jamie and their clan are settled into
Fraser’s Ridge in the back country in North Carolina in 1771. Brianna
and Roger get married. Jamie is called by the governor to organize a
militia to fight against the uprising of the Regulators. There is a
wedding at River Run, Jamie’s aunt Jocasta’s plantation. Jamie continues
to bring in fellow Scotsmen to help settle Fraser’s Ridge.
is a lot of thought on Claire’s part to travelling back to the 1900’s
and whether she is causing more damage by staying with Jamie and trying
to save lives with medicine. She concentrates quite a bit on trying to
create penicillin and even writes about it in her journals for future
medicine men and women to learn from. She also obtains a microscope to
help her with her healing.
wasn’t much of a plot to this novel, but it was still nice to have a
glimpse into the lives of the characters in between all of the fighting
in previous books and what is obviously coming with the American
Revolution in future books. And I think that this novel was more
interesting to me than the second novel in the series which I thought
was too bogged down with politics and a regurgitation of history.