I have to admit the idea of reading a historical fiction novel didn't set well with me. However after a bit of arm twisting from my mother I decided to give her the benefit of the doubt and read the book. One of the best decision I've made in my 22 years of living. The books are so large and intimidating and they only get bigger...thank goodness!Diana Gabaldon's talent for writing is astounding! I can't wait to get my hands on the second book in the series.