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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
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Aug 15, 11

bookshelves: didn-t-read, historical-fiction, to-read, no-more-trivia
Recommended to Patricia by: Embarrassment of Riches
Read in May, 2011

I spent the early part of my adolescence reading the kind of romance novels depicting a very Fabio-like man on the cover. The romance part of it was a draw, of course, but I also liked the historical fiction settings.

Being a learned adult with access to historical fiction novels that don't have Fabio-like men on the cover, I sometimes worry if the historical fiction book I'm reading that includes romance does not, in fact, fall into the Fabio cover category. I had that fear with this book and it was partially that fear which caused me to discard it.

It was also slow to start. We spent an agonizingly long time establishing that the main character was a WWII combat nurse who deeply loves her husband, but hasn't spent much of her marriage with him, due to the war. After about 25 pages of this, I got the gist and also the drift that when she was plunged back into "back in the day" Scotland, the guy she meets she would feel very romantic feelings for, but I'm guessing there would be no sex. I read to the point she was thrown back in time, a bit more and decided to end the Fabio/not-Fabio conundrum and stop reading.
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message 1: by Sara K. (new)

Sara K. No more trivia - ha ha!


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