Friday Reads: Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander2There is something that has always fascinated me about the idea of time travel.  I’m not sure if it’s a desire to change the past, or a desire to just experience a different time period, whether past or future.  Either way, when the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon was first published, I was immediately caught up in the adventures of English nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall and her journey back in time to 18th century Scotland.  I’ve enjoyed this series so much I’ve read it twice, and at the moment, I’m listening to it in audio format.  Here’s a little more detail about the story, from Amazon: “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 is 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 “Jamie” 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.” The books are so well written, rich in history and characters that you’ll remember long after you’ve finished the books, that it now has eight+ titles, and is in its’ first season on the Starz TV network.  Enjoy!    
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