Ode to Outlander

Yes, I have the Outlander craze. It began when the first episode aired in August 2014 and has been going strong ever since. Since then I have read the first three books in Diana Gabaldon’s series, and watched every episode (sometimes twice!) from the t.v series. I absolutely LOVE the actress who plays Claire, Caitriona Balfe, and follow her and everyone else from the show on Instagram religiously. She is completely perfect for the role, and now that the second season is up and running (Saturday nights Starz network 9pm) my love for the books has resurfaced. Here is a summary of the plot:

Claire worked as a British Army nurse during World War II, where she didn’t see her husband Frank for years. When the war ends and they reunite, they go on a second honeymoon to Inverness in Scotland. Frank, a history professor, researches his family history while Claire collects plant samples (she has an interest in their medicinal qualities). One day, Claire goes to a stone formation near Craigh na Dun, and is transported back in time to the 18th century Scotland. She meets a handsome red haired Scot named Jaime, and pretends to be an English window on her way to France to visit family. Slowly the Scottish clan she is staying with doubts her story, and believe her to be an English spy…

If you love a combination of romance, sci-fi, history and incredible writing focussed on a strong female lead, these are the books for you! I enjoyed reading what was going to happen first, and seeing it come true on t.v. Thank you Diana Gabaldon for writing such a memorable and intoxicating series!

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