Nell’s Opinion & Book Hunt
I read to escape real life. Sometimes being an adult really sucks. My fantasy books reduce my stress because I can have my hero or heroine neutralize the jerk face that really bummed out my day. How many of you read to cut down on stress? A 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%.* It’s even credited with being more effective than any other relaxation technique. The trick is reading something enjoyable. The news, with it’s negativity, may not be ideal.
It has also been shown that reading can give a person inspiration and strength by showing that person they are not alone with a certain problem. Our heroines and heroes find themselves in some stupid situations and I’ve learned communication is a key element there. Is that moral of the story kind of stuff? Eh, could be, though I’m sure Ivana will die from mortification to hear one could learn something from reading a romance. 😉 Also, everyone knows that reading makes you smarter, gives you insight into how people react and maybe even a tiny bit of problem solving. It fills the brain with knowledge, builds a better memory, improves writing skills, and increases vocabulary especially with some colorful expletives…..if you read the right book. 😉
This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content:
• An excerpt from Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber, the second novel in the Outlander series
• An interview with Diana Gabaldon
• An Outlander reader’s guide
Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon’s work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.
Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.