Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander #4
Also in this series: Outlander Cross Stitch (TV Tie In), An Echo In The Bone, Voyager
Published by Cornerstone Digital on September 30, 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Historical
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How far will a woman travel to find a father, a lover a destiny? Across seas, across time – across the grave itself.
It began in Scotland, at an ancient stone circle. Claire Randall was swept through time into the arms of James Fraser whose love for her became legend - a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return to the present to bear his child. Two decades later, Claire travelled back again to reunite with Jamie, this time in frontier America. But Claire had left someone behind in her own time - their daughter Brianna.
Now Brianna has made a disturbing discovery that sends her to the stone circle and a terrifying leap into the unknown. In search of her mother and the father she has never met, she risks her own future to try to change history - and to save their lives. But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past - or root her in the place she should be, where her heart and soul belong...
A fine read to get you through Droughtlander!
It’s almost time for the return of Jamie and Claire Fraser to our screens with the ending of Droughtlander almost over again for another year. I was keen to refresh my memory of what occurred during the Drums of Autumn, the book to be covered in Season 4. In a feeble effort to not rush on too far ahead with the series, I am trying desperately to slow down and I’ve stopped at the sixth book – but no promises on how long that will last!
Each of the main Outlander books requires a worthy investment in your time. I always like to plan an Outlander week when I decide to read one. It is armchair travel at its finest with no attention to detail spared. Characters and scenes are vividly brought to life and as such the time spent with the Frasers is time well spent. The setting in Drums of Autumn is predominantly in America but with a distinctive Highlander voice. Once again I found myself searching for audio clips of the Gaelic used as it is far from a phonetic language!
If you haven’t read an Outlander book, now is the time to stop reading this review and choose whether to catch up with the series either by reading or viewing Outlander first. In my opinion, you will want to do both!
‘I gave ye three things that day,’ he said softly. ‘My name, my family, and the protection of my body. You’ll have those things always, Sassenach –so long as we both shall live. No matter where we may be. I willna let ye go hungry or cold; I’ll let nothing harm ye, ever.’
When we left Jamie and Claire in Voyager I for one was desperate to see more of Bree and Roger. In this book I was delighted to catch up with not only them, but the other young ones as well. For me the storyline signified a fresh start for all, not just Jamie and Claire. There is never a dull moment when it comes to the Frasers. They literally stumble upon shore with little but the clothes on their backs. Resourceful as always, they face numerous encounters before they begin anew at Fraser’s Ridge. Jamie and Claire take nothing for granted and embrace the chance to be together again. Starting from scratch, they build their home and work the fields with little regard for what material possessions they lack.
‘Do you know how rare such a thing is?’ he asked quietly. ‘That peculiar sort of mutual passion?’ The one-sided kind was common enough.
Jamie continues to impress me to no end. We have seen him as a young man who never turns away from his duty. He’s an honorable man and a proud Highlander. Even when he gets on his high horse he will humbly acknowledge the rare (coughs) moments he may have gone a step too far. The love he and Claire share is obvious to all who are close to them.
The drums of love beat for Roger and Bree as resoundingly as they do for Jamie and Claire. The difference for them is that they knew each other well before love blossomed. And it is Bree who steals the limelight from Claire in this story, which is a testament to her loving upbringing. The rather impressive gene pool she came from undoubtedly helped as well!
‘Let me be worthy of her, let me love her rightly; let me take care of her.’
Roger is the ultimate gentleman who learns that being polite doesn’t always work in matters of the heart. A rather awkward fatherly advice is delivered at a prudent time to rekindle the passion between him and Bree. He is a rather polished, less brash but none the less passionate version of a Scotsman we have met thus far in the series, well except for Jamie’s brother-in-law, Ian who displays the patience of a saint.
Quite often when I read a book the second time (and this usually occurs because I didn’t stop to write a review the first time around) I am conscious of what I want to include in my review. The one moment that I wanted to play with in my review this time was my version of Bree and Roger’s fun with describing The Minister’s cat. It’s more challenging than I first thought!
And I could go on, but I’ll never get this review posted so I’ll stop there and leave off with a list of some of the moments I am hoping to see portrayed in Season 4. By the scenes shown in the official trailer, it looks like I won’t be disappointed.
My wish list of what I would love to see included in the TV series:
- Jenny and Ian’s warm welcome
- Bree causing the town to gossip with her attire
- Laoghaire getting a well-deserved talking to
- Fergus sharing his worldly knowledge of the Birds and the Bees
- Roger’s welcome from the men of the family for the first time
- Jamie’s fishing ventures
- Ian’s adventures
- Lord John at dinner party
- The birth of Jeremiah
- Dealing with the crowded house
- The heated Fraser family moment where Ian wisely knows they will stop when they get hungry
- The gathering!
The second half of Drums of Autumn was amazing. It never takes me long to slip back in time to be with Jamie and Claire. This was probably the first time in a few books where I didn’t have a sense of loss for a character with the different settings and PoVs. A wonderful story that finished on with a sentence that left me impatient for more time with the Frasers.
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