Written in my Heart’s Own Blood

The seventh novel in the Outlander series, it follows time-traveling 20th century doctor Claire Randall and her 18th century Scottish Highlander warrior spouse Jamie Fraser.

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood is the eighth installment in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. The stories feature time-traveling 20th-century doctor Claire Randall and her 18th-century Scottish Highlander warrior spouse Jamie Fraser, including historical fiction, romance, adventure, and fantasy themes.

Claire and Jamie’s love story and the story arcs of many characters from the previous novel, An Echo in the Bone, are continued.

In September 2011, Gabaldon revealed the title of the novel.

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood recasts the Revolutionary War and the following turbulence in Europe through the perspective of Claire Randall. Jamie is assumed dead at the start of the narrative after his disappearance while sailing across the Atlantic. To avoid being imprisoned for being an American spy, Claire remarries Lord John William Grey, a closeted homosexual. On the other hand, Jamie survives the journey and confronts John about marrying his wife without any proof of his death.

Meanwhile, William, John’s son-in-law, grows angry with both men after learning that he is Jamie’s biological son. Ian, Jamie’s nephew, marries Rachel Hunter, a well-known Quaker family’s daughter. They marry at the same time as Denzell Hunter, Rachel’s brother, and Dorothea, John’s niece. Because they support the Continental Army, the Hunters have a reputation for alienating the Quaker community.

Claire is gravely injured during an attack on Monmouth, a village on the outskirts of New Jersey. Jamie leaves the military to care for her while she recovers. They dwell in Savannah, Georgia, for a brief while before moving to Fraser’s Ridge, a small rural town in North Carolina.

Jamie’s family suffers a tragedy when his adoptive son, Fergus, loses his home and printing shop in a fire; Fergus’s son, Henri-Christian, is killed in the fire.

The novel’s conclusion is set in the twentieth century. Jeremiah, Claire and Jamie’s grandson, is kidnapped. While the family tries to locate him, Jamie and Claire’s stepson, Roger, meet Jamie’s father for the first time, forming yet another link across generations. Jeremiah is safely returned, and the Randall family decides to relocate to the eighteenth century to live in peace with the Frasers.

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood picks up with the fates of its main protagonists unknown but full of optimism, as the two improbable lovers and their families are closer than ever.