Thursday, October 19, 2006

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

Title: Drums of Autumn

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Genre: Historical

Summary: Jaime and Claire make their home in colonial America, standing up for what they believe is right while Brianna and Roger travel from Scotland, both present and past, to find them.

The Take-Away: Being reunited after twenty plus years of separation mean that Jamie and Claire have catching up to do. They also are staking out their claim in America, growing their home into a self-sufficent village, and taking a political stance as the political scene grows into the American revolution.

And yet, even in the midst of these major historical events, life goes on. Winter needs to be prepared for. People are sick or hurt and need tending. Even the unexpected, when Brianna finds them and Roger shortly after, is handled with care and cunning to enhance the plot and keep it moving forward.

The writing is rich with details, both of 'people history' and political history. While the story could be told faster, it would lose the charm for speed.

Recommendation: A story that never ends and keeps getting better. Invest some time in the series.

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