By Diana Gabaldon
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
It’s hard trying to talk about this book, without telling to much. I want to tell you ALL about it, but that would defeat my purpose, which is to get you to read it! At first, when I got the book recommended, I thought it sounded a bit typical. The highlands, big Scottish types.. Where have I heard that before? Oh yeah, in every second erotic book I’ve read the last couple of years. With the virgin heroin and the dark, handsome scot that sweeps her of her feet. Oh yeah, and the time travelling. I thought I was looking at the Highlander series all over again. Oh, was I wrong.. This book is SO. MUCH. MORE!
It starts off nice and easy. Maybe even a bit too nice and easy, I almost put the book down for a second there. I have never once regretted NOT putting it down. The experience I had with this book blew me away. I honestly have never had so many emotions reading a book before. I was amazed. A bit bored at times. I laughed so hard my tears were streaming down my face. And then there was the moments when my tears where streaming down my face for entirely other reasons. The way Diana Gabaldon describes things without using to many words is incredible. The love, the lovemaking without making you feel you’re reading porn. The heartache. The agony. The excitement, The despair. It. Has. It. ALL.
There’s one scene towards the end that is the worst scene I’ve ever read. I was sobbing, no kidding. Never before has a fictional character made me feel so much compassion. I still feel it, so much so that I almost put down the next book, Dragonfly in Amber, when it indicated a wrong turn in the story. I honestly just LOVE the main characters in Outlander, and especially James Fraser. He is the perfect hero. He has flaws. Sometimes you want to shake him. Other times you wish you were Claire and could pull him behind some shed and have your way with him. He’s young, younger than Claire, and does not always do the right thing. He’s strong willed, stubborn as hell and not your typical dark, sexy and brooding man of the year. He does not always win the fight. Does not always save the day or get out of difficult situations.
With these two, you never know what’ll happen next. I seriously read this book, all of it’s 863 pages, in two or three days. My boyfriend almost gave up on me, my kids had to make their own food, mama was BUSY. So I’m rating this book right up there on the top. I wish I’d never read it, just so I could experience reading it with innocent eyes again. I read this on my Kindle, but rest assured, I am getting this in hard cover! Its going on my shelf.
Heidi’s rating for Outlander is 5 hearts
Thanks Heidi for your great review! Hope you come back soon! Xo