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A couple of years ago, I asked the collective IHGB community to share some of their favorite books. The response was exciting! Knowing that I was a sucker for a good love story, several participants suggested I read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I was immediately hooked by the epic love story of lead characters Jamie and Claire.

I remember calling my sister, imploring her to stop whatever she was doing at that moment so she could start reading Outlander immediately. She told me she had already read the book and I had to fight feelings of irritation that she didn’t think to share this news with her beloved sister, champion of all things involving epic romances.

My sister: “I didn’t think it was appropriate since you were in junior high when I read it.”


Then I took a silver lining approach. Most of you have been waiting forever for Diana Gabaldon to find someone who could bring her intriguing world and characters to life. It only took 20 years, but she finally found a writer and director to shepherd her baby along.

And I believe they did a phenomenal job. Ronald Moore took Gabaldon’s words and created a seamless script. Bear McCreary’s score is exquisite. And after only one episode, I have no doubt that Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan are going to effortlessly bring Claire and Jamie to life.

Some of you are already rolling your eyes, assuming that Jamie Fraser is going to be another Noah Calhoun in my life. To that inference, I will respond with a simple, “Yes. Yes he will.” Sure Sam Heughan is ridiculously good looking in a unbelievable sort of way and I actually debated last night if bloody Jamie was equally as hot as non-bloody Jamie, but that’s not my point.

Claire endears herself to Jamie within minutes of meeting him. She heals his wounds, she doesn’t cower before him, she tells him when he’s being a jack wagon and figuratively lifts him up without even trying. Jamie is fascinated.

In the actual world where I live, I don’t have a “Jamie” in my life. I like the idea that a man may one day find me captivating. I’ll do something he translates as extraordinary. I will think this is odd because the moment felt rather ordinary to me. There will be intrigue, trust, respect and he will make a vow to himself that I will be his priority from that day on.

Those who rolled your eyes are rolling them again, blessing my heart and my head which resides in the clouds. And that’s okay. I understand your concern for my rose-colored outlook on married life.

I’m not ready to say I’m okay if I never get married. That’s actually a rather ginormous falsehood and terribly inaccurate. I don’t think I’m alone when I confess that I sometimes fear that some other girl shoved Jamie’s dislocated shoulder back in its socket and he became transfixed with her instead of me because I stopped to tie my shoelace. But then I remind myself that there is no Plan B — there’s only Plan A.

If and when a Scottish man in a kilt looks me in the eye and thanks me for being me, I’ll be ready to go wherever the horse leads.

Unless it’s the 1740s. I’ll need a little bit more time to prepare myself for that.

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August 10, 2014 4:23 pm

Loved it Lincee! And NEVER stop looking for that guy, took me YEARS to find mine, and was worth every second of the wait.

August 10, 2014 4:39 pm

Loved it…and I’m still looking for my Jamie as well.

August 10, 2014 4:50 pm

I loved it too…wish we could just see all the episodes at once! 🙂

August 10, 2014 5:34 pm

I am anticipating watching it, but have to wait 2 more weeks in Canada. Ugh, the wait is going to be torture. I’m glad to know I have your recaps to go along with it, and can’t promise I won’t read them before watching the episodes.

August 10, 2014 5:44 pm

Jamie’s face, the scottish language and accents and the kilts are enough to keep me going. Hope you do recaps!

August 10, 2014 6:55 pm

I, too, found Outlander via your readers. I read their recommendations and followed their lead…. So, I actually have you to thank! Love, love, love their longstanding love affair.

August 10, 2014 8:47 pm

Where is this showing. I loved all 8 books!

August 10, 2014 11:14 pm

Hallelujah that you blogged about this! I was hoping you would 🙂 I think it is going to be epic! I was one of those readers that put this book on your list. It just doesn’t get better than Jamie Fraser…and I really like these actors! For those wondering, you can view the first episode for free on Starz online. Sadly you have to have a subscription to watch the others once they air…still trying to talk the hubby into ordering it!

August 11, 2014 2:58 pm

Thank you!

August 12, 2014 11:31 am

Anyone who rolls their eyes at your rose-colored outlook on married life should be strung up and flogged! I think every girl is well within her rights to hope/wish/dream that they find their Jamie Fraser, or Noah Calhoun, or whichever character makes them swoon and believe in true love. I know my heart and head are still open and welcome the idea of this great romance, and I have to believe we’ll both find it!

August 12, 2014 10:00 pm

Lincee! Oh pretty, pretty, pretty please recap Outlander for us going forward. I adored reading the books and was blown away by the first episode. Gorgeous scenery, wonderful actors, meticulous attention to detail…I am hooked! We ordered Starz yesterday. The only thing that could make watching it better would be to read your recaps afterwards. 🙂

October 21, 2014 2:37 am

i just started watching this series this week and I love it. My brother and sister in law are fans and my husband even likes it!

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