Yes I gave the latest Gabaldon book 5 stars because I love the series and can't wait for the next installment of Jamie and Claire's story. That said this book was not my favorite of the series. As others have said there are a lot more plot lines with other characters, which in my opinion is just more characters to fall in love with. Maybe a little slower in some parts, and of course in true Jamie and Claire fashion nothing trip is easy or boring. And yes there are cliff hangers, but that just ensures more Jamie and Claire! At the end of the day this book still leaves me glowing in the love that is Jamie and Claire, that will keep me coming back for more as long as Gabaldon keeps writing.