Title: Outlander (Outlander #1)
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: July 26, 2005 (originally June 1, 1991)
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?