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.
Second time reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and I wasn't disappointed. It has been close to two years since I read this book, and to be completely honest I'm not sure why I didn't continue with the series.
So when I found out it was being turned into a TV show I had to finally get the rest of the books in the series. I hate the thought of starting a series and not finishing it.
Even though after reading this two years ago the plot was still fresh in my mind (especially that ending), but since I loved it so much the first time around, there was no harm in refreshing my mind.
Usually when I'm reviewing a book I talk about the things I like and disliked, Outlander I loved everything about it (so this will explain why the review will be short). The setting, romance, time travel to the past, writing style, characters, I could not find one fault with it.
Even with some of the choices Claire made, I could understand where she was coming from and understood why she did it.
Diana Gabaldon can write chemistry between characters like nobody's business. Not only the interaction you get between Claire and Jamie, but also the other characters involvement in the story. Everybody has their own voice and characteristics that it was easy to pick out who was talking.
I have not yet seen the TV show, but I've heard nothing but great things. I mean c'mon, can we take a moment and just admire Jamie Fraser (played by Sam Heughan):
I'm thinking as soon as I get it on DVD I will review it as well. Is the plot similar to the book? Are the characters how I pictured them? Things like that.
Also, now that I finally have the next book in the series, I can not wait to start it and see where Claire and Jamie go.