Published in 1996 - Pages 1070 (paperback)

Drums of Autumn – Diana Gabaldon

I have to admit, when I stared this series it was by accident. My fiancé and I were in the book store and I was searching for a book to take on a business trip. Knowing how quickly I devour a book, he was on the lookout for something to keep me busy. He came across a shelf of Diana Gabaldon novels. The books were thick and it was a series – Bazinga! These books seemed to be the perfect fit. I bought Outlander and got started. A few chapters in I was thinking that I had made a mistake. But I wanted to give the book a fair chance so I kept reading. Boy am I glad I did. The series is great and I am HOOKED.

Drums of Autumn is the fourth book in the Outlander Series and I would recommend reading the first three before reading this one. Up to this point in the series there are 2 main characters, Jamie and Claire. There are MANY other characters to love or hate but in the end it all revolves around them. If you are a woman (which I am betting anyone reading this series is) you have already fallen in love with Jamie Fraser. (How could you not??) This book picks up where the last one left off – following the adventures and love affair of Jamie and Claire.

The book starts off in 1967 in Charleston at the hanging of a Scottish man named Hayes. Jamie Fraser was a prisoner with Hayes many years before. Jamie attends the hanging to help him find peace  in a familiar face during his final moments. This is just the beginning of the Fraser’s journey to settle in the Colonies. Who will settle in the new land with them?

Diana Gabaldon’s writing is exciting and enthralling. I find myself so interested in not only the story she is telling but also in the history. I can’t count the number of times that I paused reading the book to look up some of the historical events she wrote about. I am by no means a history buff but this book (actually the whole series) has sparked my interest in historical events from Scotland to the Islands to the US. She writes accurately about the time period and her descriptions of the places and events are vivid. Each book leaves me wanting more and at an average of 1,000 pages that is saying a lot.

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