5 Cures for ‘Outlander’ Separation Anxiety

Personally I gave up on the Outlander series after the first three books, but I know plenty of people who pull at the bit waiting for the next book, and who schedule their day around the next episode on TV.  Hopefully as you wait for season 2 to air, or wait for the next instalment in the book series, here are five books I think you may find helpful:

Into the wildernessInto the Wilderness ~ Sara Donati
ISBN ~ 978-0385342575
Publisher ~Delta
No. Of Pages ~ 896 pages
Links ~ Indie Bound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Weaving a tapestry of fact and fiction, Sara Donati’s epic novel sweeps us into another time and place…and into a breathtaking story of love and survival in a land of savage beauty.

It is December of 1792. Elizabeth Middleton leaves her comfortable English estate to join her family in a remote New York mountain village. It is a place unlike any she has ever experienced. And she meets a man unlike any she has ever encountered—a white man dressed like a Native American: Nathaniel Bonner, known to the Mohawk people as Between-Two-Lives. Determined to provide schooling for all the children of the village, Elizabeth soon finds herself locked in conflict with the local slave owners as well as with her own family. Interweaving the fate of the Mohawk Nation with the destiny of two lovers, Sara Donati’s compelling novel creates a complex, profound, passionate portrait of an emerging America.

veil of timeVeil of Time ~ Sara Claire R. McDougall
ISBN ~ 978-1451693812
Publisher ~ Gallery Books
No. Of Pages ~ 416 pages
Links ~ Indie Bound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

The medication that treats Maggie’s seizures leaves her in a haze, but it can’t dull her grief at losing her daughter to the same condition. With her marriage dissolved and her son away at school, Maggie retreats to a cottage below the ruins of Dunadd, once the royal seat of Scotland. But is it fantasy or reality when she awakens in a bustling village within the massive walls of eighth-century Dunadd? In a time and place so strange yet somehow familiar, Maggie is drawn to the striking, somber Fergus, brother of the king and father of Illa, who bears a keen resemblance to Maggie’s late daughter. With each dreamlike journey to the past, Maggie grows closer to Fergus and embraces the possibility of staying in this Dunadd. But with present-day demands calling her back, can Maggie leave behind the Scottish prince who dubs her mo chridhe, my heart?

time travelers wifeThe Time Traveler’s Wife ~ Audrey Niffenegger
ISBN ~ 978-1476764832
Publisher ~Harvest Books
No. Of Pages ~ 571 pages
Links ~ Indie Bound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

This is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who inadvertently travels through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare’s passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love.

human croquetHuman Croquet ~ Kate Atkinson
ISBN ~ 978-0312186883
Publisher ~ Picador
No. Of Pages ~ 352 pages
Links ~ Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound

Once upon a time, in far-off England, there was a small village surrounded by a mighty forest, where a dark stranger, one Francis Fairfax, arrived to build a stately home. Fairfax Manor was renowned throughout the land for its feudal pleasures, its visit from the Queen, and the mysterious beauty of Lady Fairfax, who one day cursed the Fairfax name and vanished into the forest, never to be seen again except in a ghostly haze. Fast-forward to 1960…Over the centuries the forest has been destroyed, and the Fairfaxes have dwindled, too; now they are the local grocers to their suburb of Glebelands, a family as disintegrated as its ancestral home. It is here that young Isobel Fairfax awakens on the morning of her sixteenth birthday, a day that will change everything she knows and understands about her past and her future. Helping celebrate if one could call it that are the members of her strange and distracted family: There is Vinny, Maiden Aunt from Hell; Gordon, Isobel’s father, who disappeared for seven years; and Charles, her elder brother, who divides his time between searching for aliens and waiting for the return of their long-gone mother, Eliza. And back again…As her day progresses, Isobel is pulled into brief time warps and extended periods of omniscience, from the days of the first Fairfax to the roaring twenties to World War II, through which she learns the truth about her family and about her mother, whose disappearance is part of the secret that remains at the heart of the forest.

perilous gardThe Perilous Gard ~ Elizabeth Marie Pope; Richard Cuffari (Illustrator)
ISBN ~ 978-0618150731
Publisher ~Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
No. Of Pages ~ 288 pages
Age range ~ 10 – 14 Years
Links ~ Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound

In 1558, while exiled by Queen Mary Tudor to a remote castle known as Perilous Gard, young Kate Sutton becomes involved in a series of mysterious events that lead her to an underground world peopled by Fairy Folk—whose customs are even older than the Druids’ and include human sacrifice.

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Review: Time Fall ~ Timothy Ashby

Time fall“Their odds of returning alive are about the same as playing Russian Roulette with five loaded chambers — one in six.”

On a secret mission, Lt. Art Sutton’s team of US Rangers parachutes into Nazi Germany weeks before the end of World War II … and vanishes.

Missing in Action for seven decades.

2011. Sutton’s team lands on target in Bavaria. Unaware of the passage of time, the Rangers begin their operation: sabotage, assassinations and assaults on military targets. Believing the Rangers to be terrorists, modern Germany’s elite counterterrorism unit – led by unrepentant Nazi Hanno Kasper – hunts them.

Wounded and left behind after a gun battle, Sutton realizes that he has landed in a future world very different from 1945. He races against time to save his men, knowing that Kasper has given the order:

Take no prisoners.

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Redolent with the tantalising flavours of movies such as “The Philadelphia Experiment and “Final Countdown”, this novel takes the time slip premise and turns it into something that is unique, refreshing and very hard to put down.

The characters are written in a crisp and precise manner, and are fleshed out in such a way that the reader could actually visualise the scenarios they face being plausible.  This fact in itself takes this book far out of the realm of being just another time travel/sci-fi piece of writing.  There are two characters I certainly did not care for at all in its pages, and this was not because they were badly written; it was because they were so well written that when they appeared one left a bad taste in my mouth, and the other left me wondering how he could not have learnt anything from the fate of his Family.  The male protagonist really pulled at my emotions, as his story unfolded so did his bewilderment at living in a time that was so far removed from the one he grew up in.  The Author skillfully depicts the way in which he is torn between the moral code instilled in him during his formative years, and the moral code that is now the norm in the 21st century.  The reader is pulled into this characters bewilderment and wonder at the things he now sees in the world he has entered; but is also drawn along with the urgency he feels at preventing the needless deaths of his comrades.  He is asked to re-evaluate many of his beliefs, and we feel keenly the pain he experiences at having to make decisions that he would not normally be faced with.  The remainder of the characters in this novel are not treated with any less detail; we learn of the Alabama boy who just wants to go home; the ex Hitler Jugend who still believes in the Nazi tenants and, in his position of power, is intent of seeing them to fruition; the war widow who believes that her Husband was lost over 60 years previously and the ex Viet Nam Vet who is intent on making sure that the men he is trying to find do not die as “terrorists”.  All the characters bring out some kind of emotion in the reader, whether it is revulsion, empathy or just sorrow they are written so well.

In the scene setting, the Authors remarkable knowledge of the areas the plot takes place in is highly visible, he knows his way round the Bavarian Forest and all the areas his characters visit are obviously well-known to him.  He also shows a deep and accurate understanding of, not only modern terrorism, weapons and anti-terrorist Special Forces, but also about World War II era history and culture and this adds a whole new depth to the novel that could otherwise have been missing.  The reader feels as if they are in the forests, walking through the German towns in the dead of night, even stood in the Scottish pub mentioned at the opening of this book.

My only complaint about this novel was the silly little errors that slipped by the proofreaders and editors; things such as double words (the the) and also for some bizarre reason not all, but a vast majority of words that ended in ‘rn’ were appearing throughout the book as ending with ‘m’.  This led to some very unusual sentences, where ‘burn’ became ‘bum’ and ‘turn’ became ‘tum’.  They were nothing major, but enough to make me disgruntled that this fast paced exciting novel had been marred somehow, by these errors.

I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced thriller, and would recommend it to readers from teens upwards, and also those who enjoy reading the time travel/World War II/sci-fi genres.  In fact I would recommend this novel to anyone that enjoys a hard to put down good read.  This is definitely one you could curl up in your favourite chair with and become truly engrossed in.

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