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Drums of autumn
Diana Gabaldon
Adult Fiction GABALDO

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Gabaldon has few rivals in writing exciting‘and hefty‘historical romances. The fourth in a series of linked sagas (Outlander; Dragonfly in Amber; Voyager), her new epic has a delicious premise. Claire Randall, the post-WWII bride of historian Frank Randall, steps through a skew in the Scottish stone circle Craigh na Dun and lands in Revolutionary America and the arms of Highlander Jamie Fraser‘putting a new spin on the notion of a two-timing woman. Bold and bawdy, but a believing Catholic, Claire struggles to live a rich and moral life‘or, rather, rich and moral lives‘under these extraordinary circumstances. Claire's adventures in 18th-century Charleston alternate with equally engaging chapters devoted to her 20th-century daughter, Brianna. Raised as Frank Randall's child, Bree discovers that Jamie Fraser is her real sire. She takes off on a harrowing, confrontational quest through time and space with her suitor, Roger Wakefield, in hot pursuit. Gabaldon's range is impressive, whether she's evoking the rawness of colonial America, the cozy clutter of a modern Scottish parsonage, the lusts of the body or the yearnings of the spirit. Her legion of fans will love diving into this ocean of romance. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club featured alternates; author tour. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

This fourth installment of the winning saga begun in Outlander (LJ 7/91) spotlights Brianna, the daughter of 18th-century Jamie and his time-traveling 20th-century wife, Claire, who joins her parents in the wilds of the Colonial Carolinas. Prompted by a desire to forestall the fatal fire she knows is their fate, Brianna is trailed as she leaps back in time and across the Atlantic by her historian boyfriend, Roger. Romantic complications, intrigue, and treachery ensue. Actor Geraldine James provides a graceful reading, but devoted fans of the series may feel shortchanged by the condensation of the 896-page novel (LJ 11/15/96) to a six-hour performance. Recommended for large audio collections.‘Linda Bredengerd, Univ. of Pittsburgh Lib., Bradford, Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser
Female
Married
Has time traveled for the second time back to 1765 to be reunited with her husband.
Doctor

James "Jamie" Fraser
Male
Scottish
Claire's husband and Brianna's father.

Brianna
Female
Claire and James's daughter; goes to the stone circle that took her mother back in time; time travels looking for her mother and the father she never met; risking her own future to try to change history by saving her parents from a house fire.

Roger McKenzie
Male
Brianna's boyfriend; follows Brianna back in time.
Professor



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