Oh Diana, what a story you have woven. Before reading Outlander, a fellow book club member gave us the backstory on the author and a taste of the storyline. Diana Gabaldon; degreed in marine biology, zoology, and ecology. Dr. Gabaldon did research, was a scientific computing and database expert, and taught university classes for college credit in anatomy and other subjects. Oh, and one day she decided to writing a novel because she wanted to learn how. Wow, I couldn't wait to read this book, which I must say was a bit intimidating due to the thickness. But, this woman had already inspired me with her tenacidity to not only follow through with an epic novel , but to then spawn a series of novels with the never-fading main characters, Claire and Jamie!
Nevertheless, I curled up on the sofa and dove in. Gabaldon did not dissapoint. From the first page, I was hooked. Layers and layers of emotion, the humanity (and inhumanity) of the characters took me for a ride. Rich characters that you fall in love with, relate to, and feel true emotion for (shock at times). A storyline that at times seemed unimaginable, yet a luring fantasy you wanted to get lost in. Webs of thoughtfully constructed historic, scientific, and romantic fiction mingling together and create a thrilling, can't-put-the-book- down-at-1-in-the-morning, first novel. And, not only did I fall into this Outlander world once. I am revisting the dynamic characters Diana has created for the fourth time in Drums of Autumn; the fourth book in the Outlander series.