Back Cover: "The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"-- in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord..1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life...and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young scots warrior, shows her a love so absoloute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives."
Have you ever read a story that so captures your attention, when you are done, want to turn right back around and read it again slowly and savor it, bit by bit. I'd been hearing about Outlander for quite a while now and just never got around to reading it. I think I found the 850 pages daunting. When I heard about the TLC book tour for Diana Gabaldon's latest book in the Outlander series - Echo in the Bone, I just had to jump aboard. It would make me clear the decks and take the time to read the story. For some reason deadlines work well with me. Surprisingly, once I sat down and started reading the book, the 850 pages no longer seemed so daunting. I had a hard time putting the book down. I'm a fast reader generally and finished the book sooner than I was ready to "finish" the story if you know what I mean. Outlander is a wonderful historical romance with beautifully written characters. I fell in love with Claire and Jamie and now look forward to reading the rest of the series.
The books in the series are:
2) Dragonfly in Amber
4) Drums of Autumn
5) The Fiery Cross
6) A Breath of Snow and Ashes
7) An Echo in the Bone
To celebrate the release of An Echo in the Bone in paperback, Diana Gabaldon's publisher is offering one free copy of the book for me to giveaway. The giveaway will be open until 11:59 PM September 7th to US/Canada residents only. Please leave your name along with your email address in the comments. The winner will be picked via Random.org.