THE OFFICIAL BLURB:
Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another…
In 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’s destiny is soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning 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 passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Cross Stitch is the first instalment of my new, hands down, all time favourite series! The characters and I met via a mutual friend who introduced us and we’ve become very close acquaintances.
Plenty of people have asked me if this book is of the Science Fiction Genre. Romance? Yes. Adventure? Yes. Historical? Yes. Sci-Fi? Not so much, so long as you don’t count the odd bit of time travel (just the once or twice) which is crucial to the storyline. But it definitely has a little bit of everything, and can’t be boxed.
For me, the educational factor, surprisingly, drew me in. The facts and settings are well researched. The adventures and sub-plots are believable and the characters are heartwarming, frustrating, repulsive, compassionate and tangible. I was able to lose myself in fantasy, escape to another time, place and era but also learn ‘stuff’ about history, medicine, geography, 18th century England, Scotland, France & America, civil war, revolutions, colonisation and more along the way. It’s been an amazing journey, I must say.
If the valuable history lessons are what drew me in, it’s the characters who kept me there. One in particular, perhaps! In a parallel universe, where the father of my children has not even been born yet, I am madly, deeply in love with James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser. And I’m pretty sure, I’m not alone. The love story between two main characters, Jamie & Claire is feisty & passionate. But it’s honest and develops into a beautiful trusting & loyal relationship.
If I haven’t convinced you already, here are my top ten reasons why I love Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series….
1. James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser
2. It sucks you in.
3. Each book is a new experience.
4. The characters feel as if they exist in your own time.
5. Attention to detail.
6. The author has transcended time and space.
7. The Scottish accents.
8. The historical content.
9. The story-telling is compelling and raw.
10. Men in Kilts !?
“Written In My Own Heart’s Blood” (Outlander #8) by Diana Gabaldon is due to hit bookshelves in June/July 2014.
I CAN’T WAIT!!