Some like it Scot…
The Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon, consists of eight novels – it has been around for a number of years and was originally called Cross Stitch. I started reading it last year, and can’t believe that I have not read it sooner! Where have I been all this time!!
Be warned – these books are hefty reads – not for the faint-hearted on so many levels – rich with history, politics, war and no shortage of steamy love scenes that would put ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ to shame! The reading is not easy going – for me, personally, there were some tedious parts (war and politics)- but these are interwoven with an often racing plot full of twists and turns and completely un-put-down-able.
The absolute immersion in the history I found so absorbing. And throw in the fact that the central character, Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser (called Sassenach by her highlander soul mate Jamie Fraser) is a time traveller – makes for an absolute rollicking read! I just want to go home and throw myself under the covers and never get up until I have reached the end of Claire and Jamie’s fascinating life.
The novels go back and forth in time – from 1940s Inverness, Scotland to 1740 Inverness, at the first stirrings of the Jacobite rebellion. Over to France, back to Scotland – and then forward to 1940s Scotland and 1960s America – THEN back to 1770 Scotland and across the water to Colonial America, at the beginnings of the War of Independence.. Phew! I have learned so much , and have so much left to go – I LOVE this series so far ( am currently reading An Echo in the Bone, book 7). And to top it off, it is now out on DVD – so I am making my way through the DVD series as well – which is available to borrow through Tararua District Library.
So, come on, I dare you! If you haven’t discovered the Outlander series, and love a good dose of history/romance/action/war/fantasy, you will love this I guarantee! But don’t expect to find these books sitting idly on the shelves, this series is so popular, that you often will need to reserve it. Diana Gabaldon hasn’t finished yet – she is currently researching and writing her 9th novel “Don’t tell the bees that I’m gone”. No word yet on publication, her books generally take 2-3 years to write.. ohhh.. the anticipation!