Sunday, July 25, 2010

Book Review: The Outlander

When I picked up Gil Adamson's The Outlander at the library last week, I was familiar with the name but not the story line. I've seen reviews about the book, plus my amazon store has been recommending it to me for the past year or two, but I could not for the life of me remember what it was about.

A brief synopsis courtesy of Quill and Quire's review: "The year is 1903, the location somewhere in the Crowsnest Pass region of the Rockies. Mary is fleeing from her husband’s two brothers, who do not take kindly to her having shot their closest kin in the thigh and watched him bleed to death."

Apparently parts of this book are based on what I like to call "real life", but I'm not sure exactly which parts. What I really liked about this book was the character development, especially Mary! She is a "widow by her own hand" and we slowly learn the why and how along the way. She is vulnerable and naive, yet strong and courageous. As I mentioned a few posts ago, I find it frustrating unique adjectives are used close together in a novel-and Adamson was guilty of this a few times!

Overall an interesting read!

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