I LOVE the Outlander series. LOVE. Love as in it's my favorite series of all time, followed by a tie between books by Sharon Kay Penman (The Welsh trilogy, The Henry the II trilogy, and Sunne in Splendor), and of course, Harry Potter. I didn't even have to put a link on Harry Potter because EVERYONE has heard of Harry Potter.
I found out about Outlander when I was picking up Zack at summer day camp one year and they had a sign that said "Free Books" (Hmm? My eyes and ears pricked up and my feet just naturally detoured into the room.) I picked up a few and then ran across this one:
I immediately was intrigued because it was nice and thick -- my kind of book. And the crown on the front surely meant historical fiction -- also my kind of book. So I flipped it over and started reading about it. And I almost left it on the table.
See, it involved time travel, and I'm not so down with that. But I kept coming back around the table to that book, and at the last minute, I snatched it and carried it home. And life has never been quite the same.
To make it quick, she's a war nurse with her husband in Scotland in 1945. She touches a cairn stone and whoomp, is somehow transported 200 years back, and has no idea how, why, or how to get back. So she has to set about getting used to it. There are wars, narrow escapes, love, hate, intrigues, conspiracies -- terrific book.
Taken from Diana's site, and about Outlander:
And the series goes on for six books, and I was fortunate enough to come across them when all six were published. As large as these books are, and as incredibly as they're researched, it takes Diana Gabaldon about two years between books. I thought the sixth book was the last one.
There's another one due in September! And rumor of another!
Needless to say, I pre-ordered that baby as soon as it was available.
If you love historical fiction -- if you love a good love story without drivel -- if you love action -- if you like a really thick book (and a stack of them!) to read -- try this series out. Then let me know what you think!