Diana Gabaldon’s Virgins gives the early story
If you haven’t read any of the Outlander series of books by Diana Gabaldon, then Virgins is not the book for you. This is a prequel, if you will, of what makes our favourite Scottish hero, Jamie Fraser, the man he is. It follows a journey he makes with his future brother-in-law Ian Murray after he suffers at the hands of nemesis Captain Jack Randall. The boys are given charge of the delivery of a young maiden to her future husband and as is with Jamie, the delivery of same does not go smoothly. The boys are met with thieves and scoundrels, and, as suggested by the title of the book, the dilemma of their sexual experience, or lack of. Being a Catholic Scot seems to be quite the obstacle for the boys, and aside from the storyline of being hoodwinked and double crossed, we spend a lot of time pondering the boys’ sexual status. Not sure we needed this book, but at a 120-odd pages, it’s not too taxing of a read and it gives us more of the man we’ve grown to adore.