Genres: Historical Romance, Time Travel Romance
Published by Recorded Books
Released on March 28, 2008
Over two years! Yep, I nibbled at this one for quite some time savoring it between other reads and listens. This was a re-read or I would have never been able to hold off like that for certain. This book hit me hard the first time around and this second time in audio was the same. Davina Porter is the voice of these characters for me and between her narration and the author’s fabulous writing, I could see it all in my mind’s eye vivid and sharply.
Drums of Autumn is the fourth installment in the Outlander saga of books that must be read in order. Jamie and Claire have made it to America and it was exciting to see them introduced to local Colonial politics and situations in the Carolinas, stay with Jamie’s Aunt Jocasta on her plantation and experience that way of life before continuing up into the mountains where they, and Young Ian, settle. It is not the Highlands, but Jamie and Claire have found home. It is a hard and sometimes dangerous life on the frontier, but they forge on.Meanwhile, back in the present Brianna discovers a disturbing historical newspaper article mentioning her parents and a fire. She and Roger MacKenzie have drawn close since Claire left through the stones for the past. She is determined to warn her parents so strikes out on her own. Roger follows her and they have dangerous adventures and encounters that will rival anything Jamie and Claire had been through in their youth.
One would think a re-read would be less of an impact particularly when the listener takes her time over it, but it was like reading this one for the first time in many ways. I hadn’t realized how much I’d forgotten. The history and daily life on the Colonial frontier came alive and the characters are so fantastically drawn. Jamie and Claire’s long love affair has not cooled and only grows deeper. I am still not a Brianna fan though I do adore Roger, I am a softie for Ian and love whenever Lord John is about, but it is Jamie and Claire who will always hold me focus.
Davina Porter is enchanting the way she vocalizes so many characters, accents, genders, and situations.
So, it was another engaging time with a favorite series. As I await the newest release, I will continue to slowly savor the re-reads and listens to this incredible series. I know it can be a daunting series because of the page-length, but it is well worth it.
Mt. TBR #116
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