Lord John Grey has not asked many questions about the
circumstances surrounding his father's death 17 years ago.
His family's honor was challenged with assumptions that
John's father was a Jacobite agent and it has, at times,
seemed best to let the situation lie. But suddenly, John
and his brother, Hal, find a single page from their
father's diary -- a diary that was supposedly burned -- and
it seems that someone is threatening John's life.
Hal still doesn't want to take his younger brother into his
confidence, and John becomes frustrated as he strives to
find out if his father truly was as bad as he was portrayed.
John certainly understands leading a double life. A soldier
and excellent bladesman, John's private life would shock
his family, friends and society. And it would definitely
get him executed. But there is a chance he may find love at
last -- and maybe the answer to secrets that will destroy or
save his family.
Ms. Gabaldon reaches inside the reader and sifts through
all possible emotions -- from the flirtatious simplicity of
first desire to the intricately woven emotions that abound
in all families. Honestly, I couldn't decide whether I
loved it or hated it -- but I know I had to read it. You
In her much-anticipated new novel, the New York Times
bestselling author of the Outlander saga brings back one
of her most compelling characters: Lord John Greyâ€“soldier,
gentleman, and no mean hand with a blade. Here Diana
Gabaldon brilliantly weaves together the strands of Lord
Johnâ€™s secret and public livesâ€“a shattering family
mystery, a love affair with potentially disastrous
consequences, and a war that stretches from the Old World
to the New. . . .
In 1758, in the heart of the
Seven Yearsâ€™ War, Britain fights by the side of Prussia in
the Rhineland. For Lord John and his titled brother Hal,
the battlefield will be a welcome respite from the
torturous mystery that burns poisonously in their familyâ€™s
history. Seventeen years earlier, Lord Johnâ€™s late father,
the Duke of Pardloe, was found dead, a pistol in his hand
and accusations of his role as a Jacobite agent staining
forever a familyâ€™s honor.
Now unlaid ghosts from
the past are stirring. Lord Johnâ€™s brother has
mysteriously received a page of their late fatherâ€™s
missing diary. Someone is taunting the Grey family with
secrets from the grave, but Hal, with secrets of his own,
refuses to pursue the matter and orders his brother to do
likewise. Frustrated, John turns to a man who has been
both his prisoner and his confessor: the Scottish Jacobite
James Fraser. Fraser can tell many secretsâ€“and withhold
many others. But war, a forbidden affair, and Fraserâ€™s own
secrets will complicate Lord Johnâ€™s quest. Until James
Fraser yields the missing piece of an astounding puzzleâ€“
and Lord John, caught between his courage and his
conscience, must decide whether his familyâ€™s honor is
worth his life.