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Along with thousands of other readers, I am a huge fan of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  While impatiently waiting for “Written In My Own Heart’s Blood” to come out, I read her novella “A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows” which tells the back story of Roger McKenzie’s parents.

It was two weeks yet to Halloween, but the gremlins were already at work.”

Roger’s father, Jerry, is a Royal Air Force pilot during World War II and the “gremlins” are hard at work on the plane he is flying.  This short story is a great addition to the Outlander series and fills in quite a few blanks about Roger’s life.  It just wasn’t long enough!

Please join me at Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings.

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Welcome to a special edition of Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader.  Well, it is special for me because today I am writing about the eighth Outlander novel called “Written In My Own Heart’s Blood” by Diana Gabaldon.  It follows the story of Jamie and Claire during the start of the Revolutionary War.  Here are the first lines:

“June 16, 1778

The forest between Philadelphia and Valley Forge

Ian Murray stood with a stone in his hand, eyeing the ground he’d chosen.  A small clearing, out of the way, up among a scatter of great lichened boulders, under the shadow of firs and at the foot of a big red cedar; a place where no casual passerby would go, but not inaccessible.  He meant to bring them up here – the family.”

Whenever I read one of Ms. Gabaldon’s books, I just get lost in it.  I could read for hours at a time (if that were possible with a full time job and a household to take care).  I was overjoyed to read it, but sad to see it end.  Bring on number 9!!

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Well, guess what?  You know how I wrote on the last Book Beginnings post about being stuck on series?  I still am.  This week’s subject is the next installment of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon entitled “An Echo In the Bone”.

“The pirate’s head had disappeared.  William heard the speculations from a group of idlers on the quay nearby, wondering whether it would be seen again.”

Doesn’t that sound ominous?  It is, especially for the pirate involved.  While reading these books, I have wondered if the life and times during the 18th century leading up to the American Revolution was very much like the descriptions in these books.  If so, I am very glad to live in this time and not then!

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Looking back over the last few months, I seem to be stuck on book series.  Today’s Book Beginning subject is no exception: “A Breath of Snow and Ashes” by Diana Gabaldon.  This book is part of Ms. Gabaldon’s Outlander series and, if you haven’t read these books, you don’t know what you are missing.

“The dog sensed them first.  Dark as it was, Ian Murray felt rather than saw Rollo’s head lift suddenly near this thigh, ears pricking.  He put a hand on the dog’s neck, there ridged with warning.”

These aren’t just books, but epic novels full of colorful characters and vivid descriptions of locales and lifestyles in the 18th century.  If you are a lover of historical fiction (like me), run, don’t walk, to your library and check out these books!

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader.  If you love books as much as I do, please check out this great link party to see what other bloggers are reading and writing about.

I have been re-reading a few old favorites the last couple of months and this week’s line comes from “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon.  This is the first book in a series that follows a time-traveling female doctor from the 1940’s to the Scottish Highlands in 1743.  It is an epic tale that continues through several books and I believe the next one comes out soon.  Can’t wait!

“It wasn’t a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance.”

This makes you wonder what you might find at a second glance, doesn’t it?  If you haven’t read these books, please give them a try because I think they are wonderful!

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