I want to introduce you to one of my favourite loooong series, the Outlander series, written by Diana Gabaldon. (Ok, I say that about all the series I review here … sorry about that! But seriously, I only share books I love here.]
To date, there are seven big fat juicy books in the series, and more to come, I believe. In order, they are Cross Stitch [or Outlander, depending on where you live], Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes and An Echo in the Bone. Phew!!! It is very hard to put these books into a category … they are kind of a mix of historical romance, fantasy, and mystery. Diana says that she puts a lot of research into her books, and has even seen them sold under the ‘non-fiction’ banner.
I visited Diana’s website today, and found this description of the first in the series, Cross Stitch …
In 1946, after WWII, a young Englishwoman named Claire Beauchamp Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband, Frank. She’s an ex-combat nurse, he’s been in the army as well, they’ve been separated for the last six years, and this is a second honeymoon; they’re getting re-acquainted with each other, thinking of starting a family. But one day Claire goes out walking by herself, and comes across a circle of standing stones–such circles are in fact common all over northern Britain. She walks through a cleft stone in the circle … and disappears. [from here … ]
This is a series I read usually every year … and I was totally excited to see that they are now available as eBooks, so An Echo in the Bone is now on my iPad, and Books 1-6 are pre-ordered, and will magically be delivered to my iPad on August 31!
You can find the eBooks and paper copies here at Amazon. I love the characters, Claire, Jamie, their daughter … in a long series you get to know and love the characters as they develop over time. I love Diana’s sense of humour, particularly in the relationship between Claire and Jaime.
I am also amused by the fact that Briana (Claire’s daughter) isn’t really all that fond of the ‘camping’ conditions she often finds herself living in … that would so be me, looking for 5 star accommodation in the 1600/1700s, not something you would easily find in the wilds of early American life. Fabulous books … I recommend this series!