I started reading the Outlander series when it was first released in 1991 and from the first page I was immersed in this great time travel story. Gran...moreI started reading the Outlander series when it was first released in 1991 and from the first page I was immersed in this great time travel story. Granted the books in the series are huge but the writing is such that the length of the book passes into insignificance as the pages turn. What could be better in a novel than standing stones, castles and men in kilts?? Once Claire is transported back to 1700's England/Scotland she finds herself in a world that she knew from the history books and she is in for the ride of her life.. this book is full of romance, mystery, history of Scotland, lots of engaging characters in the past and present of the book. There is violence and sexual situations also that contribute to the story. Once you start reading this series you will not want to stop and you will never want the story of Jamie and Clair to end... but the good news is that this is only the first in this series so you will be able to read about the love between Jamie and Claire for a long time...(less)
I finally finished it, took me almost a month to read, not because it was a hard book to read, just the opposite....moreThe Kennedy Women by Laurence Leamer
I finally finished it, took me almost a month to read, not because it was a hard book to read, just the opposite. It was a very good book, just its size was a drawback for me. So I settled that by sitting on the deck and reading at the table.
Description from, Amazon.com Laurence Leamer was granted unheralded access to private Kennedy papers, and he interviewed family and old friends, many of whom have never been interviewed before, for this incredible portrait of the women in America's "royal family." From Bridget Murphy, the foremother who touched shore at East Boston in 1849, to the intelligent, independent Kennedy women of today, Laurence Leamer now tells their stories.
Here are the private thoughts of Kathleen, the flirtatious debutante in prewar England...the truth behind Joe Kennedy's insistence that his mildly retarded daughter, Rosemary, be lobotomized...the real story behind Joan and Ted's whirlwind romance...Jackie's desire for a divorce from JFK in the 1950s...Pat Lawford's disastrous Hollywood marriage...how Caroline discovered her cousin David's death by overdose, and more. Tough enough to withstand the unimaginable, these Kennedy women soldier on, in the name of their extraordinary family and what they believe is right.
This story starts with Bridget Murphy and goes untill shortly after Jackie Kennedy Onassis's death. It told of the heartbreak of losing a son to WWII and a daughter who defied what she knew was right to find happiness, then to die in a plane crash. The death of John and Bobbie was a loss that not only affected the family but all Americans of that time. It described in depth of Rose Kennedy's strict Catholic upbringing in a decade when women of means and privilege were taught only to take care and protect their men, no matter what, and what was expected of each member of the family. It tells of Jackie, Ethel, Joan, the wives who stood by their men through infidelities, and of campaigning for their men in the political life whether that was what they wanted to do or not. It also depicts the ruthlessness of Joe, the patriarch of this family and steps he took to get what he wanted for his family and the manipulating that was done to achieve his goals.
There are descriptions of how the family, mostly the women ,and how the political life took its toll on them. These were very strong women who enjoyed their lives to the fullest and strove to do the right thing in their public service. Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her husband Sarge and their founding of the Special Olympics shows the drive to do public service. Even though this family were always in the public eye, they were very private people and did not show a lot of affection or love. That did not mean that they didn't love each other, they were all taught to be stoic especially in bad times.
This book took 5 years to complete and an amazing amount of research and interviews by family members and friends, employees and other people close to the family.
I would recommend this book to anyone is interested in the Kennedy family. I think the author did a remarkable job telling this story and did not sensationalize the information and research he had which is typical in telling a story of famous people. 5 stars for this one!! (less)