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A young Jamie Fraser learns what it really means to become a man in this Outlander prequel novella. Featuring all the trademark suspense, adventure, and history of Diana Gabaldon’s #1 bestselling novels and the Starz original series, Virgins is now available for the first time as a standalone ebook.  Mourning the death of his father and gravely injured at the hands of theA young Jamie Fraser learns what it really means to become a man in this Outlander prequel novella. Featuring all the trademark suspense, adventure, and history of Diana Gabaldon’s #1 bestselling novels and the Starz original series, Virgins is now available for the first time as a standalone ebook.  Mourning the death of his father and gravely injured at the hands of the English, Jamie Fraser finds himself running with a band of mercenaries in the French countryside, where he reconnects with his old friend Ian Murray. Both are nursing wounds; both have good reason to stay out of Scotland; and both are still virgins, despite several opportunities to remedy that deplorable situation with ladies of easy virtue. But Jamie’s love life becomes infinitely more complicated—and dangerous—when fate brings the young men into the service of Dr. Hasdi, a Jewish gentleman who hires them to escort two priceless treasures to Paris. One is an old Torah; the other is the doctor’s beautiful daughter, Rebekah, destined for an arranged marriage. Both Jamie and Ian are instantly drawn to the bride-to-be—but they might be more cautious if they had any idea who they’re truly dealing with.Note: Originally published as part of the Dangerous Women anthology....

Title : Virgins
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ISBN : 29219252
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Number of Pages : 86 Pages
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Virgins Reviews

  • Alex Farrand
    2019-04-08 08:14

    Virginsis a short novel, about one adventure after Jamie escapes the clutches of Randall and is forbidden to return home.This is my first Audible, and I am very proud that I finished it. I didn't think I would, because I easily get distracted. I bought an Audible because I am trying (not very successfully) to work out again. I have been too lazy, too long, and I thought reading a book could motivate me to work out. Another book off my endless TBR list. The main reason I am unsuccessful is due to the fact that 5 o'clock in the morning is not kind to me. Slowly, but surely I should have a strong workout regiment again. Therefore, I will be really picky about Audibles until 1) I get use to listening to novels and 2) to keep me motivated to hear at 5 am. Virgins by Diana Gabaldon did keep me motivated for the most part. The Audible was only three hours long, so it was light. Allan Scott Douglas has a dreamy Scottish accent. He did very well changing his voice for the other characters as well. Granted, sometimes the voices were really deep and weird, but I can bypass that since the Scottish accent over took me. Lastly, the short novel was only about Jamie and Ian. I just had to get my Jamie fix. *Wink, Wink*I thought the novel wasn't too bad. I was expecting more than one adventure, but I guess that would have needed a longer book. The novel had a lot of penis, and sex talk, which is how I imagine some males talk to each other. I get it. You get to know Jamie and Ian a little bit more, and that is the reason you are probably reading this book. But I did laugh at the dialogue. At times I thought how is talking about circumcision moving the story along. But when it came to the actual story where Jamie and Ian were hired as mercenaries I thought was interesting. There is really not a lot to say about it. I recommend it if you want a little bit more Jamie, but it is really unnecessary for the Outlander series. It doesn't really give you anymore information about Jamie that you already don't know. If I was you I would listen to the Audible if you have the chance. It does make the novel a little bit better, if you have a thing for Scottish accents like I do. haha. OH, if anyone knows Sam Heughan please send him my way. He is so dreamy. :) Also, check out the full blog here a million! Happy reading.

  • Cathrine ☯️
    2019-04-06 07:06

    3★A quick and fun novella to get Outlander fans through extreme periods of droughtlander.Without prior book/character experience I don't think it would hold much interest for newbies.Also, Jamie apart from Claire is not as compelling as their adventures together.Pour yourself some scotch or “claret” and enjoy in one sitting, but beware of Claire-hangover.

  • Jill
    2019-04-09 14:16

    A tale of two virgins....Jamie (aka Diego) and Ian (aka Juan) are the titular virgins. The story begins in October, 1740 near Bordeaux, France. Jamie has just arrived from Scotland, delivered by Murtagh, instructing him to stay and not return to Scotland. To earn their way, Jamie and Ian work as mercenaries, protecting and delivering goods and people safely to destinations for payment.Diana Gabaldon has done a great job of the characterisations of Jamie and Ian as young men. Interesting to note here that Ian being slightly older (20 years to Jamie's 19), often has the level head and common sense that we so associate with the older Jamie.A beautiful, little ‘bulge’ giving insight into Jamie as a young man, and his best friend, Ian. A lovely story of deep friendship and brotherhood.

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    2019-04-09 07:25

    Short little story featuring Jamie and Ian. It gave a little bit of perspective on events that happened before Outlander.

  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    2019-03-31 13:32

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestSo, after reading book one but before reading book two, I thought it might ease my heart to read a tale about young!Jamie when he was still just a teenager (nineteen, I believe). Freshly escaped from his brutal fate at the flogging post and banned from his homeland of Lallybroch, Jamie and his best pal Ian wander around in France with a group of bawdy, rapacious mercenaries. They end up coming into the acquaintance of a Jewish doctor named Dr. Hasdi who wants them to deliver his daughter, Rebekah, a Torah, and a chest of gold to her fiance in France. But of course, this being a book about Jamie, that doesn't go off as planned.The title refers to the fact that Jamie and Ian are both virgins, and there's a lot of blushing and dirty jokes in this book as both of them speculate - in the true fashion of boys everywhere - as to What Sex Must Be Like. Considering that several portions of this book take place in whorehouses, there's ample room for speculation. I thought that their discussions with one another were cute, and the dialogue is a lot more light-hearted here than it was in the books, even though some dark stuff does happen in VIRGINS.I recommend reading this after book one, or you won't have context for some of the backstory. Ian doesn't appear until pretty late into book one, and his character there sets the stage for what he's like here (and vice-versa). Reading VIRGINS was fun, but the whole time I read it there was a cloud over me, because I knew what was going to happen to these characters later, and it made me sad. :(Still, if you can get your hands on it on the cheap, it's not a bad way to pass the time.3 to 3.5 stars

  • Marianne
    2019-04-17 15:15

    Virgins is a prequel novella in the popular Outlander series by American author, Diana Gabaldon. It is October, 1740, and as a wanted man in Scotland, young Jamie Fraser goes to France to join a band of mercenaries that includes his good friend, Ian Murray. Jamie’s knowledge of Hebrew has them included in an assignment to take a young Jewish woman from her home in Bordeaux to her prospective husband in Paris. But the trip does not go according to plan, and Jamie sees the young, innocent-looking Rebekah for what she really is: a dangerous woman. This is an enjoyable novella that gives a bit of background to Jamie’s time in France, some years before he meets Claire Beauchamp Randall. There is some interesting information on the status Jews in France at that time, as well as of plenty of fighting, and some amusing banter between the two young men, virgins still. Originally published in the anthology, Dangerous Women, it is also available as a Kindle stand-alone and a rather expensive hardback.

  • Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
    2019-03-24 13:12

    ~*Full review and details on The Bent Bookworm!*~"The Virgins" felt short-story in length to me, though I think it’s actually classified as a novella. I read it in less than an hour though, so…maybe I just read fast? The hardcover addition available from The Book Depository is 256 pages…which I don’t understand since my e-book version was only 86 pages! HUGE difference there and I feel slightly cheated, but it doesn’t seem that there’s actually a difference in content. HOW.Feels:I was so happy to be back with Jamie and Ian! Seeing them before Claire came to Scotland, and seeing Jamie so soon after all the horrific events that we only see in flashback in the the full length novels, was both heartrending and exciting. I also really enjoyed that this story was just straight-up historical fiction, no woo-woo added. Not that I haven’t enjoyed those aspects of the novels, but this was just the down and dirty, the nitty-gritty. Even for such a short story, I was totally invested back into the characters and their world.Characters:Jamie and Ian are SO YOUNG! They distinctly remind me of my own 17-year-old brother in the way they react to some things. This is Jamie before he became the confident, skilled warrior we meet in Outlander. This is Ian before Jenny. This is both of them as complete virgins in every sense of the word, and they are gregarious, lovable, and heartbreaking. Also cringe-worthy at a few points. I swear I can almost smell the teen-boy sweat coming off of them.The secondary characters here are interesting and colorful, but I didn’t get attached to any of them. I was rather hoping someone would drive a dagger through a certain female person’s heart, but alas. Despite my non-attachment, I was devastated after a particular scene near the end. Not so much because of who died, but because of how it affected Jamie.Plot:The main line of the plot doesn’t become apparent right away. First, we’re thrown into Jamie and Ian’s meeting almost immediately after Jamie’s escape from Black Jack Randall. This, I think, is where it becomes apparent that this story is not to introduce a reader to Outlander. This story is for the fans. I loved it, naturally. However, the actual plot starts off a bit slow. Does it work? Yes. But I think it was secondary to showing us a young Jamie and Ian and just how they actually thought of each other.“Did ye not mean to go to Confession yourself?” Jamie asked, stopping near the church’s main door. There was a priest in the confessional; two or three people stood a discreet distance away from the carved wooden stall, out of earshot, waiting. “It’ll bide,” Ian said, with a shrug. “If ye’re goin’ to hell, I might as well go, too. God knows, ye’ll never manage alone.”Setting/Description:As usual, Diana’s writing appears to be impeccably researched. I’m not a historian, but the amount of detail and care is obvious.Rating/Notes:Overall, I’m giving 4 stars. I do think part of my rating is due to HOW MUCH I love these characters. The writing itself doesn’t seem quite as polished as in the books, but it’s difficult to lay a finger on what gave me that impression. Especially in the beginning, some things felt just a little bit forced. Once everything got started it moved along smoothly, and as usual Gabaldon is a fabulous storyteller. I would recommend reading immediately after the original Outlander, but it would be perfect for Outlander fans at any point in the series!

  • Melodie
    2019-04-21 07:14

    A prequel novella to Outlander, the story opens in 1740 with Jamie joining a band of mercenaries in France with his friend Ian Murray. He survived the vicious flogging by Black Jack Randall and the death of his father. Warned to stay away from his homeland he is ripe for an adventure. Trouble finds young Jamie without effort. And as usual it comes in the form of a beautiful young woman. Both virgins, Ian and Jamie speculate and dip their toes in the pool of sexuality. And not surprising, events do not go at all as planned.I enjoyed this bit of background on my favorite Scot.

  • Miranda
    2019-04-23 11:28

    Las aventuras de Diego(Jaime) y Juan(Ian). No puedo negar que me he reído un rato y eso que no es comedia, pero Jaime sigue siendo Jaime. (bae❤)Estuvo bien, me gusto conocer más de su amistad con Ian y el amor tan profundo que se tienen y que los a unido en las distintas etapas de sus vidas. Eso sí, no sé cómo le hizo Diana para que una novela de 96 páginas las sintiera como un libro entero, creo que fue por qué estaba de corrido y parecía que no dejaban de pasar cosas.PD: Recomiendo profusamente haber leído al menos los primeros dos libros ya que mencionan a Annalise, su vida en Francia cuando vivió con su primo, y hacen mención de personajes que ya conocemos como Jenny y Jack Randall. No es necesaria esta novela pero nos da una visión de un Jaime de 19 años antes de Claire. :)

  • Sally
    2019-03-23 10:22

    This is a pleasant enough novella about Jamie and Ian before the events of Outlander. Jamie has recently been flogged and shipped off to France by Murtagh and told not to return to Scotland and Ian still has his leg. Jamie is one of my favourite fictional characters EVER so I had to pick this up, and I love Ian too. Jamie didn't quite have the same magic he does in the big books but it wasn't completely gone and I did enjoy the little insights to their beliefs and their relationships and them just being teenage boys.There were parts that I could have sworn I'd read before, I'm not sure if I've seen excepts before or if part of the story was included in one of the main books. That part at the end with the gun?"By your right, man!" - This line gives me so many feelings.And of course, it wouldn't be a review without a little complaint about the stupid bloody timeline. October 1740. Really? Things must get moving pretty quickly after this if Young Jamie is going to appear in August 1741. Ian still has to lose his leg, be nursed back to health by Jenny and get working on making that kid. I'm just going to go ahead and believe that it's set in March 1740 which is when Jamie was flogged according to the official timeline. I know I complain about this timeline screw ups a lot (I can mostly ignore them in the big books because they're huge) but it's something that REALLY BUGS ME.

    2019-04-09 07:06

    James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser, where have you been this whole time?

  • Teresa
    2019-04-11 10:08

    I have been perfectly happy with the fantasy element in the Outlander books I've read so far. Even the little sketch of Claire meeting Nessie did not made me raise my brows in the least. I just found it amusing. Voyager was peppered with highly improbable events too readily explained as coincidence that still did not bothered me too much, and I managed rather easily to put my misgivings away to the point that they certainly did not interfere with my enjoyment of the book as a whole too much, so I have no idea why it is that I am drawing the line of what I am prepared to"believe" (or not!) in the Outlander universe here. BECAUSE I'M DRAWING THE LINE. I do not believe this. Because, wait for it, Jamie speaks semi-fluent Hebrew!!!!!!!!Ha!And not only him, but we are asked to believe that Ian Murray speaks Hebrew too (Why? How? When? Not that this is a commonly spoken language among gentiles, anyway). For some reason this bothered me tremendously and rather interfered with my enjoyment of this brief novella. I am quite prepared to believe that this 18th century Scottish lad, who lives in the rather remote Highlands, is, besides his many other assets, well educated. After all, we are told (numerous times in this novella alone) that he has been to University in Paris (for how long, we've never known, but it could not have been more than a year or two, after all he tends to be quite busy being flogged by Jack Randall). So the fact that he is well educated is even a huge part of his enormous charm. So he is fierce and very, very manly, but he is also tender, and always protective and caring, and hey, bonus, he can recite classic poems in your ear if the occasion calls for it.So I can even believe that his French is flawless to the point that he can pass as a native. I can also be persuaded that he also speaks some German, reasonable Spanish, and that he learnt Latin and even Greek at University. That would be quite a feat in itself. But whatever. Fine. Ok. Possibly. But in this novella he is 19. So I'm sorry. But NO. I do not buy it that he also speaks Hebrew. This is taking credibility just a tad too far. There. Tantrum over. But I deducted one star because of that alone, as it left my suspension of disbelief so taut, it almost broke. Yes, I am being mean. I don't care. My downgraded rating is a very small revenge against the total Outlander obsession I've developed that is consuming my waking hours. In any case, it is Jamie!!!!!Swoon. So, totally worthy. As a brief summary of what happens, and with no more spoilers than appear on the blurb, a young Jamie Fraser, even more the hothead than he ever was, has a crush on a beautiful Jewish wealthy girl he is commissioned to protect during an early stint as a mercenary. There is a lot of fighting, a lot of blood, rape and pillage all around them of course, lots of drinking in taverns and cellars, and lots of obscure words that I only survived because of the in-built kindle dictionary. Ah, and he has just fled the vile Jack Randal in Fort Williams, so he spends the whole story with a sore and still unhealed back, poor darling. He also contemplates whether he should go to a brothel or not, but eventually decides he's got higher standards than that after all. Hooray for Jamie Fraser!!!! The book was quite good, really. Bye. I'm off to start with Lord John Grey's stories now.

  • Kathy (My Nook Books and More)
    2019-04-18 14:19

    A quick story to satisfy my Jamie obsession during droughtlander. This short story made me love Jamie and Ian more.

  • Yukino
    2019-04-16 10:30

    SERIE OUTLANDER n. O.5Lettura di gruppo E&LDovevo continuare un altro ho letto le prime righe e non mi sono più fermata. Il libro ha poche pagine e si legge velocemente. Narra un'avventura di Ian e Jamie in Francia, arrivato qui subito dopo il fattaccio con il capitano Randall...Carino, simpatico in alcuni punti, e Jamie è sempre Jamie anche se qui è ancora un po' immaturo. Per i super fan delle serie , che hanno bisogno di sopperire al fatto che la Gabaldon ci sta mettendo un po' a pubblicare il prossimo libro. O sono io che non ce la faccio più ad aspettare.Ti prego Gabaldon sbrigati, sto soffrendo!!!!

  • Eline
    2019-04-03 08:30

    Leuk boek over Ian en Jamie om tussendoor te lezen. Ik vond de twee personages een beetje te jong naar voor gebracht. Ik hou toch meer van Jamie in de periode waarin hij Claire ontmoet. De andere personages zijn tof, maar niet diepgaand zoals in de andere boeken. Gezien het weinige aantal bladzijden was dit voor de auteur waarschijnlijk moeilijk om verder uit te werken.

  • ☠tsukino☠
    2019-03-28 12:18

    La Gabaldon con questo racconto breve, scrive un altro mattoncino che va a costituire la colonna portante di tutta la serie.È sempre bello poter leggere dei suoi personaggi e, leggere dei giovani Jamie e Ian (qui tutto integro!) alle prese con le loro prime esperienze da adulti veri, non ha prezzo.Mi è piaciuto molto perché mi ha fatto ricordare l’amore fraterno esistente tra i due e mi ha rattristato pensare a tutto il tempo che hanno dovuto passare lontano per colpa delle circostanze. E mi ha rattristato ancora di più ATTENZIONE SPOILER SU TUTTA LA SERIE (view spoiler)[che Ian ora non c’è più. (hide spoiler)]Finalmente (la prima pubblicazione di Virgins risale al 2013), dopo tanti anni, questo racconto fa luce sulla storia della cameriera accennata, credo, ne Il prezzo della vittoria (potrei sbagliarmi sul libro in cui era inserita) e chi mi aveva sempre incuriosito.Come suo solito la Gaby stupisce e le cose non sono andata come uno poteva immaginare.Alla fine, sia Ian che Jamie, per certi versi, perdono la verginità, Ian nel modo più classico :P (però mi chiedo con che coraggio poi era andato a fare la morale al giovane Ian ^^) e Jamie con la sua prima uccisione (è sempre una verginità perduta).Breve ma inteso e in pieno stile Gabaldon.

  • Gail - Slitty
    2019-03-23 11:10

    Pre-Claire Jamie isn't nearly as colorful as post-Claire JamieThis novella picked up after Jamie's stay at Wentworth prison and the death of his father. He is recovering from the floggings by Black Jack Randall, and cannot return to his home, so he joins his pal Ian for an adventure. This novella was filled with historical information about Jewish practices and history during the 18th century, but the journey itself was drab and very gray to me. Pre-Claire Jamie is not nearly as interesting and colorful as post-Claire Jamie.

  • Jo
    2019-04-23 07:16

    Para ser precuela no es muy relevante pero entretiene xD

  • Books.Paper.Mania
    2019-04-06 11:13

    One can never get enough of Jamie Fraser. There will never be enough books of him.I will always buy and get whatever related to Jamie Fraser or the Outlander series. I'm just addicted and extremely LOYAL <3In this book or prequel novella we get to know what happened to Jamie after he was flogged by Jack Randall and how did spend his life in Paris fleeing from his home town and seeking an adventure with his friend Ian Murray."Jamie gave an irritable twitch, then stiffened as he felt one of the rawer wounds on his back break open."I loved the friendship that we had the chance to explore between Jamie and Ian. Loved Ian's character, so naughty but loyal at the same time.We also get some historical background or life about the Jews in France.I loved this short story and would have wanted to be a bit longer.

  • Ronja
    2019-03-27 12:29

    Ok as a kindle edition for 0,99 €. If I had paid 11 € for the book I would have been angry. It's nice for Janie-and-Claire-fans, of course, but I wouldn't even call it a novella and it's not terribly good. I can't really recommend it.

  • Jena
    2019-04-01 11:04

    It . . has Jamie in it.So . . . five stars. :-)

  • Lau
    2019-03-30 07:04

    3.5Historia (precuela) breve que transcurre al comienzo del exilio de Jamie en Francia, después de la muerte de su padre y por lo tanto del castigo a manos de Jack Randall. Me gustó ver a Jamie y a Ian tan jovencitos y compartiendo amistad, aventuras y peligro. Y lidiando con las hormonas. No me sorprendería que haya alguna otra historia más en el futuro, ésta en particular me gustó y me sorprendió.Pobre Jamie, de todos modos, qué personaje sufrido.“If ye’re goin’ to Hell, I might as well go, too. God knows, ye’ll never manage alone.”

  • Erin Stevenson
    2019-04-22 14:23

    Diana Gabaldon's talent with her characters is a commendation to her skill as a writer. This story is set before Cross Stitch (Or Outlander as it is more commonly known as these days), and follows a young Jamie and Ian in France. It was fascinating to see Jamie so young and, dare I say it, naive. The development of her characters throughout her novels are simply amazing and a large reason why I love these books as much as I do. I will never tired of reading these stories.

  • Sonja
    2019-04-04 14:24

    Nadat Jamie door Black Jack Randall werd gegeseld met een zweep, ging hij naar Frankrijk op zoek naar zijn vriend Ian Murray. Ian is bij een groep huurlingen aangesloten die een lading waardevolle tapijten beschermen. Wanneer ze aangevallen worden vechten Ian en Jamie met de rovers en slagen erin het merendeel van hun lading te behouden, op één duur tapijt na. Om aan geld te komen moeten ze direct opnieuw aan de slag. Hun nieuwe opdrachtgever, een Joodse dokter, verzorgt Jamies wonden alvorens hen op pad te sturen met een eeuwenoude Thora-rol en zijn beeldschone kleindochter. Doch Rebekah is niet van plan om te luisteren naar haar grootvader en heeft haar eigen plannetjes. Plannen waarbij ze Ian en Jamie eigenlijk niet kan gebruiken.Het verhaal beschrijft de diepe vriendschap tussen Ian en Jamie, en laat ook duidelijk zien.....lees verder op mijn blog

  • Anna
    2019-04-22 14:15

    2.5 stars Was excited to be getting some back story to Jamie and Ian's lives, but very disappointed when I got halfway through the book and it was finished - the second half of the book was just the first chapters of my much-loved Cross Stitch (Outlander). Not enough character development, not enough story, not happy.

  • Stephanie Bain
    2019-03-26 10:09

    It was so nice to get into the world pre claire and see ian and jamie be well ian and jamie :)

  • Aires
    2019-04-20 10:05

    Jamie Fraser a Claire. Jejich příběh známe z knihy Cizinka. Ale taky vám někdy vrtalo hlavou, co bylo předtím, než Jamie potkal Claire? Jamie toho má za sebou více, než dost. Léta v Paříží, první lásku, vojenskou službu, střet s kapitánem Randallem a v neposlední řadě také jednu celkem bezvýznamnou epizodku, kterou vám představí tato kniha- Panicové. Těšila jsem se na další setkání s Jamiem, které jsem si v Cizince velmi oblíbila. Bohužel, Panicové jsou jen kraťoučký 90stránkový příběh, zbytek knihy je už první kapitola Cizinky. A ze spousty Jamieho dobrodružství tohle není právě to nejzajímavější. Polovinu povídky na každé druhé straně přemýšlí, jaké by to asi bylo mít za sebou už pár hříšných radovánek :D Ach jo, já chtěla příběh stejně lákavý, poutavý, geniálně napsaný, jako byla Cizinka. Dostala jsem neobratný pokus o popsání toho, jaké to je být panicem :D 2 hvězdičky a třetí za to, že je to Jamie :D

  • Natalia
    2019-04-19 08:27

    Virgins is a prequel to Outlander starring Jamie Fraser and Ian Murray. After Jamie faced a brutal whipping from British officer and nemesis Black Jack Randall, he went to France in search of his friend Ian Murray...It was a strong, fascinating story about Jamie before Claire. This story is worth a read from fans of the Outlander series as well people looking for a good story. Maybe I'd like this story to be longer, but still I enjoyed it a lot!4.3 stars!

  • Sara Jesus
    2019-04-23 08:02

    Uma história que conta os antecedentes da vida de Jaime antes de conhecer Claire. Uma narração repleto de acção, aventura e mulheres perigosas. Pode conhecer melhor Jaime e Ian. Adorei observar a personalidade intempestiva e o senso de justiça de Jaime. Há como não amar o adorável e sedutor montanhês?

  • Cecilia
    2019-04-12 14:21

    It was so much fun to read about young Jamie and Ian. But it was several times when I just thought "Claire should be here!" - I really missed her, although I like the novel just fine on its own.