Written in My Own Heart s Blood

Written in My Own Heart s Blood
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publsiher: Dell
Total Pages: 1152
Release: 2016-05-31
ISBN 10: 9781101884249
ISBN 13: 110188424X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Written in My Own Heart s Blood Book Review:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BOOKLIST In her now classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears . . . into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels, and CNN has called it "a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries]." Now the story continues in Written in My Own Heart's Blood. 1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington's troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is, and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie's wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces. The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland. Or not. In fact, Brianna is searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family's secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy . . . never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself. Written in My Own Heart's Blood is the brilliant next chapter in a masterpiece of the imagination unlike any other. Praise for Written in My Own Heart's Blood "[Written in My Own Heart's Blood] features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect."--People "Another breakneck, rip-roaring, oh-so-addictive page-turner from Gabaldon . . . Take a deep breath, jump aboard, and enjoy the ride."--Library Journal "With her Outlander series, Gabaldon . . . successfully [juggles] a sizable and captivating cast of characters; developing thrilling plotlines that borrow equally from adventure, history, and romance; and meticulously integrating a wealth of fascinating period details into the story without slowing down the pace. The result is a sprawling and enthralling saga that is guaranteed to keep readers up long past their bedtimes."--Booklist (starred review) From the Hardcover edition.

Written in My Own Heart s Blood

Written in My Own Heart s Blood
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publsiher: Doubleday Canada
Total Pages: 1008
Release: 2014-06-10
ISBN 10: 0307368017
ISBN 13: 9780307368010
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Written in My Own Heart s Blood Book Review:

In her now classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears . . . into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels, and CNN has called it “a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries].” Now the story continues in Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. 1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington’s troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is, and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie’s wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces. The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland. Or not. In fact, Brianna is searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family’s secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy . . . never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood is the brilliant next chapter in a masterpiece of the imagination unlike any other.

Outlander

Outlander
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publsiher: Doubleday Canada
Total Pages: 896
Release: 2010-12-22
ISBN 10: 0385674678
ISBN 13: 9780385674676
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Outlander Book Review:

Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another... In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an "outlander"—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Written in My Own Heart s Blood

Written in My Own Heart s Blood
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 1152
Release: 2016-05-31
ISBN 10: 9780606388641
ISBN 13: 0606388648
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Written in My Own Heart s Blood Book Review:

For use in schools and libraries only. The most recent volume in Diana Gabaldon's multimillion bestselling Outlander series, and the latest thrilling installment of Claire and Jamie's story. A #1 New York Times bestseller!

The Outlandish Companion

The Outlandish Companion
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publsiher: Doubleday Canada
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2015-03-31
ISBN 10: 0385685254
ISBN 13: 9780385685252
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Outlandish Companion Book Review:

Now in a brand-new edition, newly updated throughout, including new material from the author, 16 pages of Showcase television series tie-in photographs, and a gorgeous new cover and timed with the new season of Outlander on Showcase beginning April 2015. The Outlandish Companion is the comprehensive insider's guide to the first four books of Diana Gabaldon's bestselling series. New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon takes readers behind the scenes in The Outlandish Companion, an encyclopedic look at the first four books of the Outlander series. Necessary reading for new fans just starting the series who need to catch up, long-time readers wanting to relive how it all began, and everyone in between, the companion is packed with character guides, plot synopses, an extensive Gaelic glossary, and more.

An Echo in the Bone

An Echo in the Bone
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publsiher: Doubleday Canada
Total Pages: 848
Release: 2009-09-22
ISBN 10: 0307372332
ISBN 13: 9780307372338
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Echo in the Bone Book Review:

A new Outlander novel — the seventh — from #1 National Bestselling author Diana Gabaldon. Readers have been waiting with bated breath for the seventh volume in bestselling author Diana Gabaldon’s epic Outlander saga — a masterpiece of historical fiction featuring Jamie and Claire, from one of the genre’s most popular and beloved authors. Jamie Fraser, erstwhile Jacobite and reluctant rebel, knows three things about the American rebellion: the Americans will win, unlikely as that seems in 1778; being on the winning side is no guarantee of survival; and he’d rather die than face his illegitimate son — a young lieutenant in the British Army — across the barrel of a gun. Fraser’s time-travelling wife, Claire, also knows a couple of things: that the Americans will win, but that the ultimate price of victory is a mystery. What she does believe is that the price won’t include Jamie’s life or happiness — not if she has anything to say. Claire’s grown daughter Brianna, and her husband, Roger, watch the unfolding of Brianna’s parents’ history — a past that may be sneaking up behind their own family.

Summary of Written in My Own Heart s Blood

Summary of Written in My Own Heart s Blood
Author: Whizbooks
Publsiher: Blurb
Total Pages: 78
Release: 2018-09-22
ISBN 10: 9780464803560
ISBN 13: 046480356X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Summary of Written in My Own Heart s Blood Book Review:

Summary of Written in My Own Heart's Blood: A Novel by Diana Gabaldon: Trivia/Quiz for Fans Features You'll Discover Inside: - A comprehensive guide to aid in discussion and discovery - 30 multiple choice questions on the book, plots, characters, and author - Insightful resource for teachers, groups, or individuals - Keep track of scores with results to determine "fan status" - Share with other book fans and readers for mutual enjoyment Disclaimer: This is an unofficial summary, analysis and trivia book to enhance a reader's experience to books they already love and appreciate. We encourage our readers to purchase the original book first before downloading this companion book for your enjoyment.

The Exile

The Exile
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publsiher: Ballantine Group
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2011-10-19
ISBN 10: 0345530055
ISBN 13: 9780345530059
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Exile Book Review:

Diana Gabaldon’s brilliant storytelling has captivated millions of readers in her bestselling and award-winning Outlander saga. Now, in her first-ever graphic novel, Gabaldon gives readers a fresh look at the events of the original Outlander: Jamie Fraser’s side of the story, gorgeously rendered by artist Hoang Nguyen. After too long an absence, Jamie Fraser is coming home to Scotland—but not without great trepidation. Though his beloved godfather, Murtagh, promised Jamie’s late parents he’d watch over their brash son, making good on that vow will be no easy task. There’s already a fat bounty on the young exile’s head, courtesy of Captain Black Jack Randall, the sadistic British officer who’s crossed paths—and swords—with Jamie in the past. And in the court of the mighty MacKenzie clan, Jamie is a pawn in the power struggle between his uncles: aging chieftain Colum, who demands his nephew’s loyalty—or his life—and Dougal, war chieftain of Clan MacKenzie, who’d sooner see Jamie put to the sword than anointed Colum’s heir. And then there is Claire Randall—mysterious, beautiful, and strong-willed, who appears in Jamie’s life to stir his compassion . . . and arouse his desire. But even as Jamie’s heart draws him to Claire, Murtagh is certain she’s been sent by the Old Ones, and Captain Randall accuses her of being a spy. Claire clearly has something to hide, though Jamie can’t believe she could pose him any danger. Still, he knows she is torn between two choices—a life with him, and whatever it is that draws her thoughts so often elsewhere. Step into the captivating, passionate, and suspenseful world of The Exile, and experience the storytelling magic of Diana Gabaldon as never before.

Heart s Blood

Heart s Blood
Author: Juliet Marillier
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2009-11-03
ISBN 10: 1101149248
ISBN 13: 9781101149249
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Heart s Blood Book Review:

National bestselling author Juliet Marillier revisits the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast in this “engaging Gaelic fantasy romance staring two fascinating reluctant souls”(Genre Go Round Reviews). Whistling Tor is a place of secrets, a mysterious, wooded hill housing the crumbling fortress belonging to Anluan—a chieftain whose name is spoken throughout the region in tones of revulsion and bitterness. A curse lies over Anluan’s family and his people, and the woods themselves hold a perilous force whose every whisper threatens doom. Then the young scribe Caitrin appears in Anluan’s garden, admiring the rare plant known as heart’s blood. Retained to sort through entangled family documents, Caitrin brings about unexpected changes in the household, casting a hopeful light against the despairing shadows. But even as Caitrin brings solace to Anluan, and the promise of something more between them, he remains in thrall to the darkness surrounding Whistling Tor. To free Anluan’s burdened soul, Caitrin must unravel the web of sorcery woven by his ancestors before it claims his life—and their love...

The Devil s Waltz

The Devil s Waltz
Author: Anne Stuart
Publsiher: Harlequin
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2012-09-17
ISBN 10: 1460301730
ISBN 13: 9781460301739
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Devil s Waltz Book Review:

Christian Montcalm was a practical man, if a destitute scoundrel, but his plan to bed and wed the delectable Miss Hetty Chipple would take care of that sticky wicket. However, there was a most intriguing obstacle to his success. Annelise Kempton desired nothing more than to come between this despicable rogue and the fortune (and virtue) of her young charge. Certainly, Annelise understood the desperation that comes from hard times, but Montcalm would fail—she would personally see to it. All that stands in her way is a man whose rakish charm could tempt a saint to sin, or consign a confirmed spinster to sleepless nights of longing…to give the devil his due.

The Fiery Cross

The Fiery Cross
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publsiher: Anchor Canada
Total Pages: 992
Release: 2010-12-17
ISBN 10: 0385674651
ISBN 13: 9780385674652
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Fiery Cross Book Review:

Crossing the boundaries of genre with its unrivalled storytelling, Diana Gabaldon’s new novel is a gift both to her millions of loyal fans and to the lucky readers who have yet to discover her. In the ten years since her extraordinary debut novel, Outlander, was published, beloved author Diana Gabaldon has entertained scores of readers with her heart-stirring stories and remarkable characters. The four volumes of her bestselling saga, featuring eighteenth-century Scotsman James Fraser and his twentieth-century, time-travelling wife, Claire Randall, boasts nearly 5 million copies in the U.S. The story of Outlander begins just after the Second World War, when a British field nurse named Claire Randall walks through a cleft stone in the Scottish highlands and is transported back some two hundred years to 1743. Here, now, is The Fiery Cross, the eagerly awaited fifth volume in this remarkable, award-winning series of historical novels. The year is 1771, and war is approaching. Jamie Fraser’s wife has told him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy – a time-traveller’s certain knowledge. To break his oath to the Crown will brand him a traitor; to keep it is certain doom. Jamie Fraser stands in the shadow of the fiery cross – a standard that leads nowhere but to the bloody brink of war.

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

A Breath of Snow and Ashes
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publsiher: Anchor Canada
Total Pages: 992
Release: 2010-12-17
ISBN 10: 0385674694
ISBN 13: 9780385674690
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Breath of Snow and Ashes Book Review:

Eagerly anticipated by her legions of fans, this sixth novel in Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling Outlander saga is a masterpiece of historical fiction from one of the most popular authors of our time. Since the initial publication of Outlander fifteen years ago, Diana Gabaldon’s New York Times bestselling saga has won the hearts of readers the world over — and sold more than twelve million books. Now, A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the extraordinary story of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest. With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence — with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie’s death, along with his kin. For once, he hopes, his time-traveling family may be wrong about the future.

A Plague of Zombies An Outlander Novella

A Plague of Zombies  An Outlander Novella
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publsiher: Doubleday Canada
Total Pages: 94
Release: 2013-04-15
ISBN 10: 0385681380
ISBN 13: 9780385681384
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Plague of Zombies An Outlander Novella Book Review:

Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Outlander series, delivers a captivating tale of history and suspense, with a touch of the supernatural, featuring Lord John Grey. This novella, originally published as “Lord John and the Plague of Zombies,” is now available as a standalone eBook. Lord John Grey, a lieutenant-colonel in His Majesty’s army, arrives in Jamaica with orders to quash a slave rebellion brewing in the mountains. But a much deadlier threat lies close at hand. The governor of the island is being menaced by zombies, according to a servant. Lord John has no idea what a zombie is, but it doesn’t sound good. It sounds even worse when hands smelling of grave dirt come out of the darkness to take him by the throat. Between murder in the governor’s mansion and plantations burning in the mountains, Lord John will need the wisdom of serpents and the luck of the devil to keep the island from exploding.

Outlander 8 Book Bundle

Outlander 8 Book Bundle
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publsiher: Anchor Canada
Total Pages: 7561
Release: 2012-12-11
ISBN 10: 038568021X
ISBN 13: 9780385680219
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Outlander 8 Book Bundle Book Review:

Diana Gabaldon’s acclaimed Outlander series blends rich historical fiction with riveting adventure and a truly epic love story. Now, with this convenient eight-volume eBook bundle, discover the novels that have won Gabaldon millions of fans and introduced readers to the brilliant Claire Randall and valiant Highlander Jamie Fraser. “Great fun . . . marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex . . . perfect escape reading.” —San Francisco Chronicle, on Outlander The year is 1946. Claire Randall is a British ex-combat nurse on a postwar second honeymoon with her husband in the Scottish Highlands. Walking alone one afternoon, she passes through a circle of standing stones and is hurled back in time to a Scotland simmering with war in the year of our Lord 1743. Catapulted into an intrigue of rival clans and rising armies that threatens her life, she’s obliged to wed James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, as the only way to survive. Thus begins a series of unrivaled storytelling that has become a modern classic. This bundle includes: OUTLANDER DRAGONFLY IN AMBER VOYAGER DRUMS OF AUTUMN THE FIERY CROSS A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES AN ECHO IN THE BONE THE CUSTOM OF THE ARMY (E-NOVELLA) “Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller . . . the pages practically turn themselves.” —The Arizona Republic, on Dragonfly in Amber “A feast for ravenous readers of eighteenth-century Scottish history, heroism, and romance.” —Kirkus Reviews, on Outlander

A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows An Outlander Novella

A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows  An Outlander Novella
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publsiher: Dell
Total Pages: 59
Release: 2012-12-03
ISBN 10: 0345545370
ISBN 13: 9780345545374
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows An Outlander Novella Book Review:

In this original Outlander novella, Diana Gabaldon reveals what really happened to Roger MacKenzie Wakefield’s parents. Orphaned during World War II, Roger believed that his mother died during the London Blitz, and that his father, an RAF pilot, was killed in combat. But in An Echo in the Bone, Roger discovers that this may not be the whole story. Now, in “A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows,” readers learn the truth. Praise for Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series “All you’ve come to expect from Gabaldon . . . adventure, history, romance, fantasy.”—The Arizona Republic, on An Echo in the Bone “A grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across ten generations.”—CNN, on The Fiery Cross “Escapist historical fiction at its best.”—San Antonio Express-News, on Drums of Autumn “A feast for ravenous readers of eighteenth-century Scottish history, heroism and romance.”—Kirkus Reviews, on Outlander

Outlander s Guide to Scotland

Outlander s Guide to Scotland
Author: Phoebe Taplin
Publsiher: Pitkin
Total Pages: 44
Release: 2018-10-26
ISBN 10: 1841658235
ISBN 13: 9781841658230
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Outlander s Guide to Scotland Book Review:

"It s beautifully presented, the text is light and informative, and the print quality of the book is top-notch."

Outlander

Outlander
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publsiher: Random House Digital, Inc.
Total Pages: 688
Release: 2011-07-05
ISBN 10: 0385671083
ISBN 13: 9780385671088
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Outlander Book Review:

Twenty years ago, Gabaldon swept readers into her mesmerizing world brimming with history, romance, and adventure. To celebrate, this special commemorative edition features special production details, a brand-new letter and essay from the author, and a Random House Reader's Group Guide.

Written on My Heart

Written on My Heart
Author: Cole Gibsen
Publsiher: Entangled: Embrace
Total Pages: 293
Release: 2015-07-28
ISBN 10: 163375359X
ISBN 13: 9781633753594
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Written on My Heart Book Review:

It's been six months since Ashlyn Daniels was kicked out of her home. Six months since she stood up to her abusive stepfather and got a busted rib-and seeing all her things set ablaze in a backyard bonfire-for her trouble. Never going back. She doesn't need trouble...especially if trouble is tattoo artist Lane Garrett, who's six-feet-plus of tattooed hotness and a complete ass. Lane has spent the last decade fighting to support his family. To protect them. There's no room for romance, even with a fragile (yet amusingly feisty) stunner...even if she somehow manages to invade his world and his heart. But while some secrets are as visible as ink on the skin, others must remain hidden at all costs... Each book in the Written on my Heart series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order. Series Order: Book #1 Written on my Heart Book #2 Seared on My Soul

The Outlandish Companion Volume Two

The Outlandish Companion Volume Two
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publsiher: Delacorte Press
Total Pages: 1008
Release: 2015-10-27
ISBN 10: 9780385344449
ISBN 13: 0385344449
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Outlandish Companion Volume Two Book Review:

More than a decade ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon delighted her legions of fans with The Outlandish Companion, an indispensable guide to all the Outlander books at the time. But that edition was just a taste of things to come. Since that publication, there have been four more Outlander novels, a side series, assorted novellas, and one smash-hit Starz original television series. Now Gabaldon serves up The Outlandish Companion, Volume Two, an all-new guide to the latest books in the series. Written with Gabaldon's signature wit and intelligence, this compendium is bursting with generous commentary and juicy insider details, including * a complete chronology of the series thus far * full synopses of A Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart's Blood * recaps of the Lord John Grey novels: Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner * a who's who of the cast of Outlander characters, cross-referenced by book * detailed maps and floor plans * an annotated bibliography * essays on subjects as wide ranging as Outlandish controversies regarding sex and violence, the unique responsibilities of a writer of historical fiction, and Gabaldon's writing process * a guided tour of the clothes, food, and music of the eighteenth century * a Gaelic glossary and pronunciation guide * personal photos from the author taken on the set of the Starz Outlander series As entertaining, sweeping, and addictive as the series itself, this second volume of The Outlandish Companion is a one (or two)-of-a-kind gift from an incomparable author. From the Hardcover edition.

My Own Blood

My Own Blood
Author: Ashley Bristowe
Publsiher: Random House Canada
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2021-04-06
ISBN 10: 0735278172
ISBN 13: 9780735278172
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

My Own Blood Book Review:

Mothering under normal circumstances takes all you have to give. But what happens when your child is disabled, and sacrificing all you've got and more is the only hope for a decent future? Full of rage and resilience, duty and love, Ashley Bristowe delivers a mother's voice like no other we've heard. When their second child, Alexander, is diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, doctors tell Ashley Bristowe and her husband that the boy won't walk, or even talk--that he is profoundly disabled. Stunned and reeling, Ashley researches a disorder so new it's just been named--Kleefstra Syndrome--and she finds little hope and a maze of obstacles. Then she comes across the US-based "Institutes," which have been working to improve the lives of brain-injured children for decades. Recruiting volunteers, organizing therapy, juggling a million tests and appointments, even fundraising as the family falls deep into debt, Ashley devotes years of 24/7 effort to running an impossibly rigorous diet and therapy programme for their son with the hope of saving his life, and her own. The ending is happy: he will never be a "normal" boy, but Alexander talks, he walks, he swims, he plays the piano (badly) and he goes to school. This victory isn't clean and it's far from pretty; the personal toll on Ashley is devastating. "It takes a village," people say, but too much of their village is uncomfortable with her son's difference, the therapy regimen's demands and the family's bottomless need. The health and provincial services bureaucracy set them a maddening set of hoops to jump through, showing how disabled children and their families languish because of criminally low expectations about what can be done to help. My Own Blood is an uplifting story, but it never shies away from the devastating impact of a baby that science couldn't predict and medicine couldn't help. It's the story of a woman who lost everything she'd once been--a professional, an optimist, a joker, a capable adult--in sacrifice to her son. An honest account of a woman's life turned upside down.