Diana Gabaldon
Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages. OUTLANDER The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former 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 border clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.


Reviewed: 2019-01-19
Reviewed: 2016-10-10

This was a completely different book then what I expected heading into it. I hadn't dug to far into the reviews, just knowing that a few other trusted Booktube bloggers had said they loved it was enough to want to read it. Started off expecting a YA paranormal romance story that I could read and share with my nieces. They would have some romance, and I could enjoy some kilts and bagpipe battle scenes. By the end of the first 5 chapters or so, I knew that I wouldn't be sharing this one with the teenage readers in my family, but I did find myself hooked enough, even with the lack of bag-piping,  to keep reading for myself. 


The author managed to tell a time travelling love story where the time travel didn't override everything else that was happening. There were very few moments where the plot hinged on whether or not the events that Claire is part of now are changing events into the future. It was very refreshing to have the Yankee in King Arthur's Court experience without being mired into all of the Back to the Future paranoia over changing world events. 


The plot moves along briskly, with no large history lesson info dumps, and only the frequent sidetracks for marital duties slowing the story arc down. These are not the PG-13, kissing in the rain cause daddy forbids me to see him type of love interest plot points that I expected, but I managed to read through them without blushing to many times. 


The characters were amazing. Gabaldon had a very descriptive prose, and I found myself silently reading with a Scottish accent as she described clan life in 1743. You are never quite sure which characters you can trust throughout the book, and everyone has their own foibles creating extra conflict to drive the story along. 


Overall, a solid 4 star rating for the amazing setting and characters. Not the romance that I expected, but the romance that it needed to be. Would have been 5 stars with but a wee bit more bagpipes, or a bit less under the kilt action. 

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