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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Title: Outlander 
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander – #1
ISBN-13: 978-0-4402-2291-0
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
Release Date: June 1st 1996

Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Paperback; 850 pages
Source: Rescued

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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is 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 stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach–an “outlander”–in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord…1743…

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life…and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

My Thoughts

I did finally get this finished and despite a rocky…what I thought to be drawn out beginning, I loved it. It was Claire getting her bearings in 1743, that took me so long to get through, but once she had her feet firmly wet in Scottish soil I just couldn’t put the novel down. There were a few things that weren’t really kosher with me, their treatment of her and the peculiar character of Geillis Duncan.

I really liked the majority of the characters, what can I say they were hard not to like even from the beginning with their humor, the characters I didn’t like were those of English heritage. The difference a few generations can make, I certainly after running into Frank’s ancestor would be curious to see how much Jack Randall and Frank were really alike and how they differ even more than what was explained in the book.

I rooted for Claire and Jamie all the way, from the first time she helped set his shoulder right to the last page of the novel; her knight in shining armor…I mean kilt. I’m going to do my best and try to get through the rest of the series despite what I’ve heard. I started reading the second novel but I’m not too thrilled it’s told in someone else’s point of view other than Claire’s.

They have started to turn the book series into a television show and that was what originally prompted me to start reading. I really liked the show and I didn’t want to wait for the episodes to be released for me to find out what happened so I decided to read it. If you get the chance, read the novel before watching the show…it’s so much better, and it explains a lot of things in greater detail…like most novel turned into movie/tv shows thing goes. If you’ve already watched the show, and you liked it, you’ll love the book even better.

My Rating: 4/5

The Series:
Outlander – #1
Dragonfly In Amber – #2
Voyager – #3
Drums of Autumn – #4
The Fiery Cross – #5
A Breath of Snow and Ashes – #6
An Echo in the Bone – #7
The Space Between – #7.5
Written in my Own Heart’s Blood – #8
A Leaf on the Wind of all Hallows – #8.5

About the Author

Diana Jean Gabaldon Watkins grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and is of Mexican-American and English descent. She has earned three degrees: a B.S. in Zoology, a M.S. in Marine Biology, and a Ph.D in Ecology.
She currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.



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