A woman on a second, post WWII honeymoon with her husband in the Scottish Highlands unexplicably travels back in time to the 1700's. Sounds strange and even a bit hokey, right? Trust me, however it sounds, this premise that starts a series of seven books (and counting) is anything but hokey.
Diana Gabaldon has penned some marvelous works of fiction: Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and An Echo in the Bone. Each book follows and advances the story of the time-traveling woman, Claire, and her family. Claire is as strong a protagonist as you could ask for; she's very human, very wry and witty, making the most of a strange situation as best she can. Throughout the story, you as a reader definitely come to care for her and those who surround her.
All of the novels are full of twists and turns. Weighing in at several hundred pages each, the plot is ever-changing and brimming with vibrant detail of the time periods in which Clare and company find themselves. Diana Gabaldon proves herself an excellent, meticulous researcher of history, and she manages to bring her characters and history to life in the pages she's penned. Please don't let the size or subject matter deter you: these books are definitely worth a look.
(On a personal note, having read all of the books (only once, though!), I loved Outlander. However, I thought things really picked up pace in the third and fourth books (Voyager and Drums of Autumn). Not wanting to give away too much of the plot, these books transition from Scotland to America without skipping a beat.)
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