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The last couple of weeks I’ve been engrossed in the TV series Outlander, adapted from the book series of the same name. I don’t know if any of you have read the books, or have seen this TV series, but I’ve watched sixteen episodes in a short length of time. (This encompasses the first book in the series of eight very thick books.)
My hubby added Starz to the TV lineup as part of my birthday gift back in June and somehow I’ve been so busy that I didn’t get to start the series until lately. Of course I set them to record right away. The books are fabulous. I read them several years ago and couldn’t put the books down, even taking them to the kitchen with me so I could read while I was cooking dinner at night.
The TV series won’t disappoint you either. It’s way better than I expected it to be. As we all know, usually there’s so much to be desired after reading the book first. But Diana Gabaldan, author of the series, is a producer for this TV adaptation, so I imagine it has to meet her high standards.
Anyway, to boil it down to a few lines, this is a time travel, historical romance. A woman, Claire, finds herself on holiday with her husband in
Scotland after World War II. They were both busy in the war so this is a
second honeymoon because they’ve been away from each other for five years.
They’re visiting the countryside and going to places that his ancestors lived when she touches the center stone in a stone circle and is transported back to 1743. (Note she’s alone when this happens, as she goes back to the stone to gather an unusual flower she spotted there the day before.)
Of course she finds herself in a different world from there on, one that’s action packed with war, brawls, sicknesses we have cures for today, etc. And a woman had a different place in society back in those times. This causes a bit of a problem for Claire at times, but she eventually builds up a reputation as a healer among the people because of all the experience she has from being a war nurse. Most of the people are suspicious of her for knowing all she knows and also from the fact she’s English and
Scotland is at war with the English. She’s mistaken for a spy, a witch and other
things. It’s a good thing Claire’s
rescued by Jamie, a young Highlander, who will later become the love of her
Her husband in the twentieth century, Frank, has a relative who is “black hearted” and has horrible things in mind for Claire when she meets him fact-to-face upon her arrival. Later she finds out what awful things this English officer is capable of as their paths cross from time-to-time.
If you haven’t read the books, or seen this series, it’s highly recommended. I now want to read the books again.