Review – Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4) by Diana Gabaldon

Drums of Autumn“Nothing is lost, Sassenach; only changed.”

“Twenty four years ago today, I married ye, Sassenach,” he said softly.  “I hope ye willna have cause yet to regret it.”

Can we all just agree that Jamie gets the absolute best lines in this series?

I cannot properly write a synopsis without giving away spoilers.  All I will tell you is that there is a lot of Claire and Jamie in this novel.  Yes, they do find a new home in the mountains of North Carolina.  (This made me especially happy as I grew up in South Carolina where the novel begins and we vacationed every year with my grandparents in the mountains of North Carolina.)  My favorite scene of the series so far was between Jamie and Claire.  They had an open, frank, adult discussion about relationships and death.  Claire is such a strong woman but was having a weak moment. Jamie knew exactly what to say because he knows her so well.  Part of my appreciation for this series is due to the fact that DG is writing about adults.  All of the love stories aren’t between teenagers or twenty-somethings.  Claire and Jamie are now in their 40s and DG embraces their continuing love story.

There is also a lot more of Brianna and Roger in DoA.  I cannot decide if that’s a good thing.  Roger is okay and Brianna has okay moments.  She needs to grow up some more before I can truly get on board the Brianna train.  Also, I do feel like there are times that DG is planning for Brianna and Roger to be the next Jamie and Claire.  There really is no comparison.  (Spoiler alert: the first love scene between B&R is pretty awkward for me.  I wasn’t a fan and it didn’t compare to the worst of the scenes with J&C.)

Brianna does go back in time through the stones (not really a spoiler since it’s on the book jacket).  How hard would it be to be able research your parents’ past and try to decide if you help them based on what you find?  It was heartwarming to read about Jamie’s first meeting with Brianna and then see them build a father-daughter relationship.  Jamie has waited so long for this but what an adjustment for both of them!  And, poor Claire in the middle of two-hot headed Scots.

5/5 stars for a really great story, great romance between Jamie and Claire and for including the Carolinas.  Thank you, Diana Gabaldon.


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