Sometimes in life, I come late to the party. I haven’t ever attended a Harry Potter event. Nope,not me. Everyone has told me how great the books are and how much fun the movies are, but frankly, I never found the time or had the inclination to read the books or see the movies. Might I say, I believe all of you!
The same thing happened with Twilight. No way, would I read a story about a vampire family. But guess what, long after the first Twilight movie came out, my friend literally stuck the book in my face and told me to read it. I wouldn’t be disappointed. Guess what? I read the book and spent the next two weeks, buying or borrowing the rest of the series. I came late to the party with Twilight, but I am so glad I did. I read every word of the series and was first in line at the box office when the movies came out. Had to see Edward and Bella’s HEA, didn’t I?
Now, there’s this book called Outlander. I’d heard wonderful things about the story, and my friends would tell me not to let the page count (coming in at 866 pages) daunt me. It’s a fast read, they said. But I never attended the page party for Outlander either. Where would I find time to read such a long book? And only because I’m on Twitter and Facebook, did I hear about the new Outlander series for television, did I finally attend a celebration. Oh, and did I mention that when OUTLANDER, the first book of Diana Gabaldon’s AMAZING series hit the cable screens, it was the most talked about event on Twitter for the entire day? What can I say about the first episode…LOVED IT!! It’s right up my alley. Time travel, action, adventure, conflict, conflict, conflict and the most uncanny kind of love triangle I’ve ever seen. I swear to you, I watched the first five minutes the other night and knew in my heart that OUTLANDER was a beautiful work of art. The writing is fantastic. To think, I met Diana Gabaldon once. We traveled to a Romance Writer’s Convention on the same plane, years ago and I really was clueless as to her work and talent. Silly me, late to the party again.
I have to give props to the actors too. Claire, brilliantly played by Caitriona Balfe has a hauntingly beautiful voice and onscreen persona. She was perfectly cast as the feisty heroine. Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan was captivating as the very dashing, hunky Scottish hero. He’s swoonable, ladies.
Here’s a brief synopsis taken right off the Amazon pages. 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 in 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.
So tell me have you ever come late to the party? Have you ever discovered joy in something you’d previously decided against? Have you read Outlander? And the other books in the series? Did you watch the premiere of Outlander on television and what did you think?
While, I’m praising Diana Gabaldon’s wonderful book, I like to remind you that my newest release REDEEMING THE CEO COWBOY is available now on Amazon and all other online and retail bookstores! Here’s a very nice 4 **** REVIEW and ranking below and I’m happy to say that readers are enjoying the story. Is 8 your lucky number? It may just be mine!
- #8 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Series > Harlequin Desire
- #8 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction > Western
- #88 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Westerns