This week is chapters 29-35!!
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1. We are now settled into life at Lallybroch. What are your impressions of this place, and Ian and Jenny Murray? How do the stories of Jamie’s life here growing up shape your feelings toward him?
I loved Lollybroch because I felt like it was such a true look into the time and the lives of people at the time – because very few lived like Jamie, and more lived like Ian and Jenny!
And oh how I loved Jenny and Jamie’s relationship!! And the friendship between Jamie and Ian, that was realistic and a great way to get to know Jamie better – to watch his interactions with those who he has loved for much of his life.
2. What do you think of the story of what really happened between Jenny and Jack Randall? Could you have been as bold as Jenny? Does this change your understanding of Randall?
I loathe Jack Randall. And this experience, if anything, has cemented my hate for him. If there was any doubt at all, we all know that Jack is a scumbag now. And Jenny? She is one heck of a strong woman – at this point in the book I liked her more than Claire, for a lot of reasons – but her story with Randall is a strong supporter for that feeling.
3. For the second time, we see Claire warning a Fraser about future events. Do you think this is wise? Or does this mess with history/the space-time continuum/the natural order of things?
At this point I was really wondering if Claire had any ability to change the future… the whole Geilie thing had me thinking about that in the first place.
But, no. I don’t think it was wise for her to warn him, in case she could change the future. This is where you start to wonder – if she changed even the slightest thing, how much damage would be done? How different would the world be? Wow… I just don’t like time-travel.
4. Do you consider Claire brave or foolish for going after Jamie? Would you be courageous enough to go into enemy territory to try and save the man you love?
Definitely foolish, but courageous at the same time. In hindsight, it’s one of those things that was absolutely necessary. And? In the end I also think it made me love this series even more! The idea of a love like that – a love where you put absolutely everything on the line? WOW!! (I mean, I love my husband. But let’s be honest… I don’t know that I’d have the guts to do what Claire does here…)
5. Jamie makes a gut-wrenching decision in Chapter 35. Do you blame Claire for putting him in that position? What kinds of repercussions do you expect?
Oh Claire… why are you so stupid?? If this were any other series, you would have made me put my book down by now. But for some reason, your foolish actions make me continue to read, perhaps to see what stupid stunt you’re going to pull next. But this? Well, I wish I could say it takes the cake…
Yes, I fully blame Claire for putting him in this position, and it scared me to know what would come next from the whole scenario. Would Jamie forgive her? Would she cause more problems with this? So many “What if’s…”