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.
Miss Riki’s Review:
There are not enough words in the English language to describe how much I love this book. It has everything you could possibly want in a novel, from political intrigue to timeless romance, and is written in absolutely gorgeous prose. Diana Gabaldon is a master storyteller and this book had me captivated from start to finish.
James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser (better known as Jamie) is perhaps the most wonderful hero to ever be written. He’s not without his flaws by any means and there were definitely times in the book that I wanted to throttle him, but all in all he’s perfectly dreamy. The way he loves Claire is complete and without reservation and it’s a love affair for the ages to be sure. As for Claire, she’s a wonderful, plucky heroine. She’s smart as can be and has a tender heart. I love how she never looses her sense of self-assurance and spirit, even in the most dire of situations (and there are many).
In reading some reviews online it has been said that the book is too wordy, or that it drags on, but I wholeheartedly beg to differ. The novel is jam packed with action, and in the lulls when nobody is being chased or fighting for their lives, there’s a wonderful sort of reflection in the narrative. The writing is absolutely beautiful, and nobody writes setting quite like Diana Gabaldon. She seamlessly weaves a historical setting with timeless romance and it’s perfect.
Even after 800-some-odd pages, I’m dying to get back into Clair and Jamie’s world, and I’ve alread6y picked up the next book in the series, DRAGONFLY IN AMBER. I highly recommend this book. It’s long, but worth it.