It’s almost cliché; the house-wife/stay-at-home mom reading the trashy, grocery store romance novel with the sultry man on the cover. But, hey! can’t beat them, join them. But, if you want all the perks of those novels without the undercurrent of guilt bouncing off Cover Boy’s glistening pectorals, then I strongly suggest The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldon!!!
Quick side note, I’m an insomniac. And to top it off, I have a very over active mind! So not a good combo! At night, I lay in bed with my cell phone and ear buds under the covers (to avoid getting caught watching tv by my husband… again) and watch tv until I fall asleep. I found the Showtime series Outlander. The show is absolutely amazing!! They have two seasons now, with the third coming out in September 2017. I ate it up and was left demanding more! So I went out and bought the first three books. I want to note that the series is very respectable to the books. What was cut out or changed was within reason and certain things were condensed with respect to the continuity of the books.
The Outlander Storyline
The story is about a WWII combat nurse that gets sucked through time to 18th century Scotland through magical fairy stones. She gets swept away with a group of Scottish men and eventually falls in love with one, amidst a whirlwind of shenanigans (mostly her fault!) The characters are rich and diverse, and Diana does an excellent job balancing description and action — unlike Tolkien!! Sorry, not sorry, I hate the LOTR series for its 10-page description of a squirrel collecting its nuts!
With a degree in European History, I tend to be harsh on historical fiction. I believe that if you want to write a story about someone who lived in a certain timeframe, do the research and you’ll find what you’re looking for. However, Gabaldon creates fictional characters that blend flawlessly into the factual events of the Jacobite Rising of 1745. She did her research. Not enough research to know that the Polio vaccine was still in the experimental phase in 1945, and it was an oral vaccine in the 1960s, but that’s just me splitting hairs.
What I love the most about these books is they fit in my life. They are simple to follow so you can read a page or two here and there throughout the day without getting lost. But, at the same time, the story is complex enough so you won’t get bored, or easily guess the plot. And it has plenty of moments that meet the “no-no” books criteria without the dead giveaway cover for reading in the park. There are eight books in all (I’m currently on book four) as well as a branch off following a slightly significant character.
So if you’re looking for a new series to read (or you’ve seen the show like me, and need more Sam time) go and pick up Outlander!!
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