Book Review: Outlander

Amazon synopsis: “Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British 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 clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
 
Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.”

Length and medium: 642 pages, Kindle ebook

Published by and date: Dell on October 26, 2004

Destiny’s Thoughts

In casual passing, I told a coworker I was getting back into reading and she suggested this book. What I was told (what I remembered anyway) was it was a book about a woman that traveled through time and she gets married in the past but also has a husband in her time so it’s an interesting struggle to see what she does. When I told another coworker that’s how the book was described to me, she couldn’t believe I was told spoilers.

Yes, that’s somewhat of a spoiler but it honestly didn’t ruin anything for me. If anything, it gave me something to look forward to in the beginning of the novel. I knew Claire was going to get married, now it was just a game of finding out who and why.

I’m torn between sharing everything that I enjoyed about this book and wanting someone to find everything new and exciting just as I did. I will say that I have read many first books of a series and this is one of the few that I can’t wait to start the second book. Space Team and the Accidentally Married Series are on that list… and that’s pretty much it… so far. I’m hoping to get to Game of Thrones this year.

When I told a friend that I was reading this book, she said it was very raunchy and too much for her taste. I’ll admit the book has it’s fair share of passionate scenes but it’s not centered around that. So many aspects of life are accounted for.

The novel touches on family ties, land, and politics. As the reader, you get an interesting look at the careful way one man navigates being heir to his own land, being a wanted criminal (though wrongfully accused), and avoiding getting tangled in a land dispute between uncles.

I love Jamie. He is by far the best character in this whole story. Magically well-rounded, respectful, strong, passionate. I mean I don’t think a girl could get much closer to Prince Charming if she tried. Honestly, he said the sweetest things. Things that you know a guy would never say but it’s nice to pretend once in a while.

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Honesty was a big thing I took away from this book. I found it so infuriating that she hadn’t even tried to make someone believe she was from a different time for a long part of the book. Which makes sense but I’m still mad. Like obviously if I were thrown back in time, I would have such a hard time understanding what happened, I wouldn’t think others would understand. But I’m also such a loud mouth that I probably would have tried to explain it to someone.

I was tempted to get a Starz membership to watch the show but then I learned my local library has the DVDs to rent for free so I’m going to give that a try. Maybe I’ll write a review about the show as well.

If you’re interested in getting this book, click here.

Diana Gabaldon has one of the most up-to-date author sites I’ve seen. She has information on all her books, her bio is intriguing, and she’s got information on her book tours. She doesn’t have too much travel planned because she’s working on the ninth book in the series! I hope I can get through the rest as quickly as I did the first one!

If you’ve read this book, feel free to leave a comment and share what you thought.

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