Review: Outlander (Outlander #1)


Title: Outlander (Outlander #1)
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Dell
Source: Purchased
Release Date: July 26, 2005 (originally June 1, 1991)
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

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.



I originally read this book when the TV series came out. I’m so glad I started this series!

I loved the way the story slowly unraveled. We gradually learn more about Claire’s life when she travels through Scotland. Her life in the twentieth century haunts her in the eighteenth century, especially with her husband’s ancestor, Black Jack Randall.

This is a very emotional story. There is love and pain. There are regrets and promises. Some scenes are hard to read, such as when Jamie was abused in the past. But there are happy scenes as well.

I like the way Claire’s medical knowledge makes people think she’s a witch. It’s also amazing how some of her medical advice has become everyday knowledge today, but back then, no one knew these things.

I love this book. Have you read it? What did you think?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

19 thoughts on “Review: Outlander (Outlander #1)”

  1. I read the first book and watched the first season! I’m in love with Scotland as a country. I listened to the audiobook on and off and the reader’s inflictions and accents pulled me into the story.

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    1. I liked the TV series, but the books are great too! I think it’s probably faster to watch the whole season than to read one of the books… haha they’re really long!


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