Saturday, May 23, 2015

OUTLANDER marathon this weekend on STARZ!

There will not be a new episode of OUTLANDER this weekend, due to the Memorial Day holiday in the US.  Instead, STARZ will be running an OUTLANDER marathon Saturday and Sunday, showing all 15 episodes over two days.

Episodes 101 through 108 will be shown TODAY (Saturday, May 22), starting at 2 pm ET.

Episodes 109 through 115 will be shown on Sunday, May 23, starting at 2:45 pm ET.

I'm not sure about other time zones. Check your local listings.



Here's a handy checklist from STARZ to make sure you're prepared! (Click on the picture for a bigger view.) And a brief video to get you in the mood:



The season finale, Episode 116, "To Ransom a Man's Soul", will be shown on STARZ at 9pm on Saturday, May 30.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A beautiful and haunting video about Episode 115

Here's a very moving, and hauntingly beautiful, fan-made video about the events of OUTLANDER Episode 115, "Wentworth Prison".  It's both a reaction to this episode, and a tribute to Jamie and Claire's love, and I thought it was terrific!

*** SPOILER WARNING!! ***

This video contains Major Spoilers for Episode 115. Don't watch unless you've seen the episode (or read the book).

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Episode 115: "Wentworth Prison" (SPOILERS)

Here are my reactions to Episode 115 of the OUTLANDER TV series, titled “Wentworth Prison”. I thought the acting and the writing in this episode were superb! Sam and Tobias, especially, were just riveting throughout, and Caitriona was excellent as well. I had tears in my eyes more than once.

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The display of chains and what looks like medieval instruments of torture in the opening scene is chilling, especially by contrast to the lighthearted puppet show from the opening of last week's episode.

Wentworth Prison looks both forbidding and impregnable. As well it should!

I thought the scene with the prisoners being hanged was very well done. I especially liked Jamie's line, "What grieves me is to think my wife will never forgive me for foolishly gettin' myself hung," and MacQuarrie's defiant last words.

Yanking on the hanged man's legs to hasten death reminds me of Lord John doing just that for Bates in BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE. <g>

This hanging scene isn't in OUTLANDER, but (interestingly enough) it does appear, at least to me, to be based on a couple of bits from DRAGONFLY IN AMBER. Whether that was intentional or not, I'm not sure, but here are two examples:

1) MacQuarrie's line, "Nothing like being hung to make your tossel (?) stand up solid as an oak", and the discussion that follows, immediately made me think of Jamie's memory of BJR's words, taunting him:
“You’ll go to your death with your arse burning from my pleasure, and when you lose your bowels, it will be my spunk running down your legs and dripping on the ground below the gallows."

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 8, "Unlaid Ghosts and Crocodiles". Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
2) You may recall that Jamie tells Claire about watching executions at Wentworth:
"They marched us down to the courtyard; those of us in the condemned cell. And made us stand in rows on the stones, to watch an execution. They hanged six men that day, men I knew. I watched each man mount the steps--twelve steps, there were--and stand, hands bound behind his back, looking down at the yard as they put the rope around his neck. And I wondered then, how I would manage come my turn to mount those steps. Would I weep and pray, like John Sutter, or could I stand straight like Willie MacLeod, and smile at a friend in the yard below?”

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter  23, "The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Men..." Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
I liked the slow-motion bit where BJR looks at Jamie, as if realizing, "I've got him now."

I didn't care for the bit where Jamie was trying to free himself from the irons by brute force. Surely he can see that it's futile, and wouldn't it be better to conserve his strength?

Frazer Hines is excellent as Sir Fletcher Gordon. For those of you who don't know, Frazer Hines is the actor who played a young Scotsman named Jamie in that long-ago DOCTOR WHO episode that inspired Diana Gabaldon to set her "practice novel" in 18th century Scotland. <g> (See Diana's blog post from 2010 for more information about Frazer Hines and the DOCTOR WHO connection.) I thought it was a great idea to give him a role in the TV series.

This scene between Claire and Sir Fletcher is very much as I imagined from the book. Caitriona does a wonderful job here. The instant Sir Fletcher leaves the room, Claire comes close to breaking down, and it's clear that she's keeping control of herself only with great effort.

"The prisoner's personal effects" -- notice the little wooden snake on top.

Claire's reaction when she gets outside is taken straight from the book.

The bantering between Rupert and Angus is enjoyable, as always, but Murtagh was right to put a stop to it. This isn't the time for joking around!

I liked the way they kept alternating between Claire's point of view and Jamie's throughout this episode. Very efffective! Now we're back to Jamie.  BJR looks more than cheerful in this scene, smiling at Jamie as though he can barely contain his delight.

That petition of complaint is a very long document! I was not at all surprised to see BJR burn it to ashes.

I liked the scene with Murtagh and Claire searching the office.

"May I call you Jamie?"  Randall's tone is absolutely polite, but I can't help hearing Jamie's words from DRAGONFLY in my head:
"I am called Lord Broch Tuarach for formality’s sake,” the soft Scottish voice above me said. “And beyond the requirements of formality, you will never speak to me again--until you beg for your life at the point of my sword. Then, you may use my name, for it will be the last word you ever speak.”

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter  21, "Untimely Resurrection". Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
"If ye're expectin' me to beg for my life, ye'll be sorely disappointed." Good line, but like many parts of this episode, it's full of foreshadowing.

"Do I haunt your dreams?" My thought when I heard this was, Maybe not yet, but you will, you BASTARD!!

The next bit is one of my favorite parts of the whole episode.

"When you lie upon your wife, and her hands trace the scars upon your back--" This is a BRILLIANT bit of camera work, amazingly well done and very creative! It's easy to get distracted by that and miss BJR's next words. "--do you ever think of me, and soften?" More foreshadowing, and a reminder, for those of us who have read the books, that the psychological effects of this ordeal are going to linger for a long, long time.

"You could have a Roman death. Fall on your sword like Brutus." Hearing Tobias Menzies say this line actually made me laugh out loud, because it's clearly meant as a reference to his playing the part of Brutus in HBO's ROME a few years ago.  (He was excellent in that role, and I would definitely recommend the series, if you haven't seen it already.)

"But first you must give me your surrender." I loved the way Jamie looks at him, young and cocky and full of self-confidence, with no idea what's coming next. This is almost our last glimpse of his pre-Wentworth self, and I savored it, knowing that everything is about to change now.

Meanwhile, Murtagh clouts the guard over the head (his specialty, at least in the TV series <g>). I liked the part where Claire goes sneaking through the corridors in search of Jamie, though I kept muttering, "Too late! Too late too late TOO LATE!!"

"I won't surrender. To you or any man." Good line, but BJR is going to take that as a challenge.

I didn't expect the fight with Marley to happen then, but the way it's choreographed is clearly based on the description in the book. Interesting that BJR has to stop Marley from choking Jamie. ("Idiot! You could have killed him!")

When Randall picked up the mallet, I couldn't breathe at first. This was so incredibly hard to watch! I cried out, "NOOOOOOOO!!!!" with each blow.

I liked the way the camera shows Jamie's vision going in and out of focus.  But it's what happens next that I totally did not expect.

Randall puts Jamie's good hand on his crotch. "Can you feel that?" (I shuddered with revulsion as he moved Jamie's hand up and down.)  "I could take you right now." But then he shakes his head. "I will not give in to coarse passion." And then, FINALLY, he's gone.

I liked the fact that Claire stumbled by accident across the door leading to the outside.  And then she has the presence of mind to drop the key outside on the grass before she goes back in.

Notice the rat scuttling across the dungeon floor.

The scene where Claire finds Jamie is very much like the book, and I'm glad they kept so much of it intact. Ditto for the part with BJR and Claire. The dialogue is almost word-for-word from the book, but the subtle little touches, like BJR running a finger across her lips, or taking her hair down, add to the horror of the situation, especially when you recall how much he looks like Frank.

The bit with the two soldiers is not in the book, but it helps to explain how Randall is able to get away with torturing Jamie without being found out by Sir Fletcher or anyone else.

The final confrontation between Claire, Jamie, and Randall is absolutely riveting, and VERY well done!

"Are you watching?"
"STOP!!!"
"Make me a better offer."

At this point I started saying, "Oh God, oh God," over and over again. This is SO hard to watch!  BJR forcing Jamie's mangled hand to lie flat on the tabletop, then saying calmly, as Jamie cries out, "I haven't even begun."

The nailing was much worse than I'd pictured, bloodier and even more difficult to watch than the crushing of Jamie's hand had been. I flinched and squeezed my eyes shut involuntarily with each blow.

Jamie and Claire's farewell is just heartbreaking, and yes, I had tears in my eyes through this part. It's VERY well done.  I just wish they had been able to include more of the actual dialogue from the book here.  I especially missed Jamie's line, "Claire, I'm to hang in the morning.  What happens between now and then doesna matter to anyone."  And Claire's reaction.  (This is a minor quibble, really, and I'm not trying to nitpick. The scene as it appears on TV is emotionally wrenching and very effective, but I still prefer the book version, which always makes me cry.)

The scene with Claire and BJR in the corridor is really well done, very much as I always pictured it.

Wow, that was a long drop down from the trap door! Lucky Claire didn't sprain an ankle or something. Claire stumbling across MacQuarrie's corpse was unexpected, but I liked it.

Back to Jamie. To me, the look on Jamie's face when BJR cuts his shirt off says, "I will endure this because I must, as the price for Claire's life."  We know from the book that he was trying very hard not to think at all.

"Shall we begin?" That made me shudder, knowing that Jamie's ordeal is far from over.

I'm glad they included the wolves howling in the distance, even if we didn't actually see Claire fighting off a wolf with her bare hands.

I like MacRannoch, and this scene is very close to the book.  The pearls are prettier at close range than they appeared in Episode 107, but they're still not anything like what I imagined from the description in the book.  Still, I'm glad they kept this part.

The sight of the cows made me smile, in spite of everything.

I definitely wasn't expecting the episode to end where it did!  There's an awful lot of the book left to cover in just one more episode, but I can't wait to see the finale!

Finally, in case you're wondering why BJR smashes Jamie's left hand instead of his right, Maril Davis (@TallShipProds) explained on Twitter:


I hope you enjoyed this recap. What about the rest of you? I'd like to know what you thought about this episode. Please leave a comment here or on my Outlandish Observations Facebook page.

*** IMPORTANT NOTE: ***

There will be no new episode next week. The season finale, Episode 116, will be shown on STARZ on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Here are my previous OUTLANDER episode recaps. Please come back on May 31st to see the last one!

Episode 101: "Sassenach"
Episode 102: "Castle Leoch"
Episode 103: "The Way Out"
Episode 104: "The Gathering"
Episode 105: "Rent"
Episode 106: "The Garrison Commander"
Episode 107: "The Wedding"
Episode 108: "Both Sides Now"
Episode 109: "The Reckoning"
Episode 110: "By the Pricking of My Thumbs"
Episode 111: "The Devil's Mark"
Episode 112: "Lallybroch"
Episode 113: "The Watch"
Episode 114: "The Search"

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Outlander Kitchen Cookbook coming in 2016!

Big news today from Theresa of Outlander Kitchen!  She has reached a deal with Ballantine Books to publish an Outlander Kitchen Cookbook!! It will be out in summer 2016.
The Outlander Kitchen Cookbook, with Introduction by Diana Gabaldon, will be full of your favourite dishes from OutlanderKitchen.com as well as approx 50 NEW recipes never before published. Traditional “receipts,” modern interpretations and creative, character-inspired dishes will combine to make Outlander Kitchen an everyday essential for today’s modern kitchens and progressive palates.
See the full text of Theresa's announcement on Facebook for more details.

Congratulations, Theresa!!  This is fantastic news, and well-deserved!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wentworth is coming!



If you're dreading the upcoming broadcast of OUTLANDER Episode 115, "Wentworth Prison", you are definitely not alone! As emotionally intense, brutal, and horrific as it was to read about in the book, what will it be like to watch the events of that horrible night unfold in front of our eyes?

I would strongly encourage you all to take the time before you see Episode 115 to read this excellent blog post by atom1cflea.

I will be watching in the privacy of my living room on Saturday night, with a box of tissues nearby.

It will be very, very hard. But I'm holding on to the thought that if Jamie can survive it, we will, too.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Episode 114: "The Search" (SPOILERS)

Here are my reactions to Episode 114 of the OUTLANDER TV series, titled “The Search”.

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I really enjoyed this episode! It's very faithful to the book (thank you, Matt B. Roberts!) and I thought Caitriona Balfe, Laura Donnelly, and Duncan Lacroix in particular were just terrific!

I was startled (but fascinated) by the puppet show in the beginning. I really wasn't expecting that, but I like it.

Ian's reaction -- intense frustration at his helplessness, but wanting to do whatever he could to help -- was very good. This is a bit that we didn't see in the book, but I can easily believe it happened just this way.

I liked the way Jenny's wearing two pistols, one in front and one behind.

The music as Jenny and Claire track Jamie is wonderful!

The corbies pecking at the corpses made me think of the opening scene of VOYAGER, of course.

The scene where Jenny expresses her milk was very well done, and just like I imagined from the book.

"True, but he's not daft enough to pick a fight with ten armed soldiers!"  Claire's raised eyebrow at this line made me smile.

I loved the scene with Jenny and Claire and the redcoat! This is one of my favorite parts of the whole episode. Jenny is more vicious than I expected, in a shocking way that reminds me of Jamie interrogating the young Lord John at Prestonpans.

In the book, they left the soldier alive and tied to a tree. But I agree that it makes more sense for them to kill him, so he can't tell anyone they're looking for Jamie. (Minor quibble: why did Jenny tear up the dispatch rather than throwing it into the fire? That didn't make sense to me.)

I laughed out loud when Murtagh turned up out of nowhere! <g>  Although this is not the way it happens in the book, I think the way it's done here is very effective.

"Love forces a person to choose." Great line, both as foreshadowing of Jamie's sacrificing himself for Claire at Wentworth, and as a reminder of Claire's decision at Craigh na Dun to choose Jamie over Frank.

Claire has surprisingly good camping skills, more so than in the books.  I liked the bit about Jenny "bedeviling their suppers" -- what an unforgettable image!

"You two are natural outlaws" -- good line from Murtagh.

Jenny and Claire's farewell is almost exactly word-for-word from the book, and it's just as I always imagined! They left out the reference to the priest-hole, but I think that would have required too much explanation for a modern audience, especially viewers in the US who don't know much about British history. The "plant potatoes" message was far more important, anyway.

The scenery throughout this whole episode is gorgeous!!

Murtagh's sword dancing made me laugh.  Meanwhile, Claire is very obviously copying what Mrs. Graham told her in Episode 101 ("Sassenach") about palm-reading.

I liked the scene between Murtagh and Claire after his performance. The two of them are wonderful together!  I particularly liked this bit:

"Words canna travel by air."
"Not yet, anyway."

During the puppet show, listen carefully and you'll hear exactly the same tune that Gwyllyn the bard played on the harp near the end of Episode 102 ("Castle Leoch"). Which makes sense, because the puppets are apparently re-enacting the same story.

Murtagh's reaction to "jazz" made me laugh. And I laughed much harder at Claire's singing "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy". That was great!

Claire's "Oh, fuck!" when she goes on stage the first time took me by surprise, but she did a good job with the song. The lyrics are based on a real (and very bawdy) song called "The Reels o' Bogie".

Notice the poster tacked up beside the venue during Claire's second performance, which says "By Particular Demand, THE SASSENACH", with a drawing of Claire in costume. Where on earth did they find a printer, in that remote part of the Scottish Highlands, to have broadsheets made up? (I guess I'm going to have to suspend disbelief on this point.)

My one criticism of this episode is that the song-and-dance routine went on too long.  It got very repetitive after a while. But to be honest, that bothers me in the book, too.  I have always been very uncomfortable, on re-reading/re-listening, with the fact that Claire seems actually to be enjoying herself doing her gypsy-fortuneteller/song-and-dance routine, while Jamie's life is at stake and every minute counts.  That drives me nuts in the book, and so I wasn't surprised that I felt the same way watching it on TV.

"A song is a song is a song. No one can claim the words." I wasn't expecting the "copyright infringement" angle, but it was entertaining. Sort of an inside joke for modern viewers, perhaps?

"I outrank you, do I not?" That took me by surprise.  Claire is certainly not intimidated by Murtagh at all.

"If ye look hard enough [across the water], ye might just see the Americas. It's the only place you haven't sung that damn song yet."  Good line.

The scene with Murtagh and Claire by the campfire is terrific! One of my favorites in the whole episode.

"Nothing about this search has been fine!" I like how Claire's voice breaks when she says this.

Murtagh's story about the bracelets is done really well, even better than I expected from the book, in fact. Duncan Lacroix is just marvelous in this scene.

"Ye think ye're the only one who loves Jamie? He's a son to me." Terrific line!  I love it.  And this is what causes Claire finally to break down, throwing her arms around Murtagh and sobbing, "I'm sorry. I can't bear it!"

Murtagh's revelation about the bracelets occurs in a different place in the book, but I think it works extremely well here, and gives Murtagh's character much more depth. Good to give Claire a chance to release some of her feelings, too, to make sure the viewers see how desperately worried and afraid she is for Jamie.

In the morning, it's clear that things have changed. Claire is back in her regular clothes. And I liked the way she gives Murtagh a half-smile when he says, "We'll manage something."

I liked the underground network of tunnels at Glen Rowan Cross. Very good location for Dougal's hidden stash of supplies for the Jacobites.  The whole sequence with Claire and Dougal is done very well!

"He's in Wentworth Prison." Suddenly I'm shuddering all over and I can't breathe. Oh, God, it's really going to happen!

"We won't talk about Geillis today. This is about you." Good to keep the focus where it belongs.

I like Claire's reaction as she figures out what Dougal is up to. "Don't you DARE speak of him as if he were already dead!!" Terrific line!

I think when Claire says "I will marry you" [if Jamie dies], she's just saying whatever she has to say, to get him to agree to help her save Jamie. I don't think for a second that she really meant it.

I love the fact that it's Willie, the youngest clansman, who is the first to volunteer. Rupert's reaction is great: "If this goes wrong, I'm killin' you first, for gettin' us involved!"

In the very last scene, as they approach Wentworth Prison, I thought the director did a great job of increasing the dramatic tension, by showing Claire and the others reacting to the sight of the prison, but not letting the viewer see what they're seeing until the very end. So we feel what they feel. And like so many of you, I am DREADING what's coming next!!

What about the rest of you? I'd like to know what you thought about this episode. Please leave a comment here or on my Outlandish Observations Facebook page.

Here are my previous OUTLANDER episode recaps. Please come back next week for more!

Episode 101: "Sassenach"
Episode 102: "Castle Leoch"
Episode 103: "The Way Out"
Episode 104: "The Gathering"
Episode 105: "Rent"
Episode 106: "The Garrison Commander"
Episode 107: "The Wedding"
Episode 108: "Both Sides Now"
Episode 109: "The Reckoning"
Episode 110: "By the Pricking of My Thumbs"
Episode 111: "The Devil's Mark"
Episode 112: "Lallybroch"
Episode 113: "The Watch"

Happy Mother's Day!



Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!  Here are a few of my favorite quotes about motherhood from Diana Gabaldon's books.  Hope you enjoy them!

1) Marsali, in an advanced state of pregnancy, and five-year-old Germain:
She leaned back a little and pushed a hand firmly into the side of her mound. Then she seized Germain's hand and put it on the spot. Even from where I stood, I could see the surge of flesh as the baby kicked vigorously in response to being poked.

Germain jerked his hand away, startled, then put it back, looking fascinated, and pushed.

"Hello!" he said loudly, putting his face close to his mother's belly. "Comment ça va in there, Monsieur L'Oeuf?"

"He's fine," his mother assured him. "Or she. But babies dinna talk right at first. Ye ken that much. Félicité doesna say anything but 'Mama' yet."

(From A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 27, "The Malting Floor". Copyright© 2005 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
2) I like the realistic depictions of breastfeeding in these books, even though I've never had kids of my own.  Here's Claire with Brianna, age three months:
Brianna burrowed into the front of my red chenille dressing gown making small voracious grunting noises.

"You can't be hungry again," I said to the top of her head. "I fed you not two hours ago." My breasts were beginning to leak in response to her rooting, though, and I was already sitting down and loosening the front of my gown.

"Mrs. Hinchcliffe said that a baby shouldn't be fed every time it cries," Frank observed. "They get spoilt if they aren't kept to a schedule."

It wasn't the first time I had heard Mrs. Hinchcliffe's opinions on child-rearing.

"Then she'll be spoilt, won't she?" I said coldly, not looking at him. The small pink mouth clamped down fiercely, and Brianna began to suck with mindless appetite. I was aware that Mrs. Hinchcliffe also thought breast-feeding both vulgar and insanitary. I, who had seen any number of eighteenth-century babies nursing contentedly at their mothers' breasts, didn't.

(From VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 3, "Frank and Full Disclosure". Copyright© 1994 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
3) Jamie lost his mother at a very young age, but he hasn't forgotten her:
I had heard what he said to the plover he released. Though I had only a few words of Gaelic, I had heard the old salutation often enough to be familiar with it. “God go with ye, Mother," he had said.

A young mother, dead in childbirth. And a child left behind. I touched his arm and he looked down at me.

“How old were you?” I asked.

He gave me a half-smile. “Eight,” he answered. “Weaned, at least."

(From OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 17, "We Meet a Beggar". Copyright© 1991 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.) 
4) Bree's reaction on the night before Claire goes back through the stones, when she thinks she'll never see her mother again:
"It's like--there are all these things I don't even know!" she said, pacing with quick, angry steps.  "Do you think I remember what I looked like, learning to walk, or what the first word I said was? No, but Mama does! And that's so stupid, because what difference does it make, it doesn't make any difference at all, but it's important, it matters because she thought it was, and...oh, Roger, if she's gone, there won't be a soul left in the world who cares what I'm like, or thinks I'm special not because of anything, but just because I'm me! She's the only person in the world who really, really cares I was born, and if she's gone..."  She stood still on the hearthrug, hands clenched at her sides, and mouth twisted with the effort to control herself, tears wet on her cheeks.  Then her shoulders slumped and the tension went out of her tall figure.

"And that's just really dumb and selfish," she said, in a quietly reasonable tone. "And you don't understand, and you think I'm awful."

"No," Roger said quietly. "I think maybe not."  He stood and came behind her, putting his arms around her waist, urging her to lean back against him.  She resisted at first, stiff in his arms, but then yielded to the need for physical comfort and relaxed, his chin propped on her shoulder, head tilted to touch her own.

(From VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 22, "All Hallows' Eve". Copyright© 1994 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
5) Roger's mother saved his life in the moments before she died in the Bethnal Green tube station collapse in March, 1943.
"She let go my hand,” he said. The words came more easily now; the tightness in his throat and chest was gone. “She let go my hand...and then she picked me up. That small woman--she picked me up, and threw me over the wall. Down into the crowd of people on the platform below. I was knocked mostly out by the fall, I think--but I remember the roar as the roof went. No one on the stair survived."

(From THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 98, "Clever Lad". Copyright© 2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
6) This is my favorite quote about motherhood from the whole series:
“Did I ever think to thank ye, Sassenach?" he said, his voice a little husky.

“For what?" I said, puzzled. He took my hand, and drew me gently toward him. He smelled of ale and damp wool, and very faintly of the brandied sweetness of fruitcake.

“For my bairns," he said softly. "For the children that ye bore me."

"Oh," I said. I leaned slowly forward, and rested my forehead against the solid warmth of his chest. I cupped my hands at the small of his back beneath his coat, and sighed. "It was...my pleasure."

(From THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 13, “Beans and Barbecue". Copyright© 2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
7) And finally, my personal OUTLANDER Mother-of-the-Year Award goes to Brianna MacKenzie! Everyone knows that mama bears are exceedingly dangerous when separated from their offspring. Bree spent most of WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD in full mama-bear mode, and I really admire the way she kept her cool even under extreme stress, as in this confrontation with Rob Cameron:
“Where’s my son?”

“He’s okay.”

She stood up suddenly, and he jerked a little in reflex. His face flushed and he hardened his expression.

“He’d bloody well better be okay,” she snapped. “I said, where is he?”

“Oh, no, hen,” he said, rocking back on his heels, affecting nonchalance. “That’s no how we’re playing it. Not tonight.”

God, why didn’t Roger keep a hammer or a chisel or something useful in his desk drawer? Did he expect her to staple this jerk? She braced herself, both hands flat on the desk, to keep from leaping over it and going for his throat.

“I’m not playing,” she said through her teeth. “And neither are you. Where’s Jemmy?

(From WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 26, "A Step into the Dark". Copyright© 2014 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
I hope you enjoyed these quotes. Happy Mother's Day!