The book wasn’t exactly what I expected, and I mean that in a good way. There are definitely moments of hilarity, revealing stories, flippant comments, teasing, obvious camaraderie and appreciation for each other displayed throughout. Oh, did I forget to say self-deprecating commentary?
However, what resonated with me on a deeply personal level was Sam’s recollections of his relationship with his Grandfather. It very much reminded me of spending many happy hours helping my father, who likewise had a tendency to being Ginger, in the garden and in his shed at the end of the backyard… “Hand me the footprints please!”. If that means nothing to you then I can recommend you use Google and search for “Footprints tool” and all will be revealed! To this day hardware stores are one of my favourite places to shop, followed close after by bookstores and stationery suppliers.
My excitement at learning more about Scottish history is tempered by my literal horror at the loss of life in days of yore. Modern Scots may know how to party, but those in history knew how to fight with shock, awe and insane amounts of killing. It got me thinking about how Scotland could have been so strong if they had joined forces instead of killing each other. But, that is something we’ll never know, unless a time traveller can change history entirely.
There were a few times I think I would have been very nervous about some of the characters Sam and Graham meet in their travels. I think they were a bit nervous a couple of times too!
Both men share a little of their backgrounds with us, so we can understand their connection to the land of Scotland more deeply. Glimpses of their personal history painting a fuller image of how they came to this point in their lives, without breaking into the privacy of their families. Respect.
We have previously heard about how Sam and Caitriona have navigated their paths, side by side, in their Outlander journey, having each other’s backs, We also know that Sam and Graham share the same consideration for each other, despite the ongoing theme of Sam planning Graham’s downfall, on a tandem bike, a kayak or some other means of destruction. All jokes aside, these two men respect and like each other and that’s a very good thing.
I purchased the audio version of the book, a choice I’m very happy about, after all who doesn’t want to listen to over 10 hours of Sam and Graham chatting? I’ve just started my second listen… I’m sure I missed something the first time. I’m really looking forward to their show Men In Kilts!