Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Drums of Autumn

The Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

This is book 4 of the Outlander series.  While this series is classified as historical fiction, my sister just pointed out that it is also considered a romance novel.  Admittedly the first book and even parts of the second were very romance related, I think the historical novel aspect outshines the romance.

This book takes Brianna, the daughter of Jamie and Claire back in time to search for her parents and warn them of their impending deaths.  Hot on her heels is Roger Mackenzie Wakefield who knows why she has gone but doesn't believe the past can be changed.

This book has pirates, theft, rape, the building of a house and a community. The politics of the Colonies under King George as well as interactions with the various indian tribes in the North Carolina area - some peaceful, some not.

I am enjoying this series and I plan to keep reading.  It is good escapist reading to fill in the gaps between other books.  I do with there was a bit more history although I think Gabaldon has done a good job painting a mental picture of the time and how people lived.  She makes it easy to see how people built their homesteads and farms and slowly built a life that brought in enough to feed their family for a year but also a little extra for the things they couldn't grow or raise themselves.