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 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.
I admit to being one of those late comers who picked this book up because I was interested in watching the upcoming Outlander series to premiere on Starz. I’m almost always of the mind that the book is better. And though I thoroughly enjoyed the television series, (squeeing at it’s return to television last night!), I found the book to be quite exceptional.
Claire Randall, an army nurse finds herself unceremoniously thrust back in time approximately 2oo years while on a second honeymoon with her husband in the Scottish highlands. After a dangerous run-in with her husband’s sadistic past relative and being rescued by Scotsmen, Claire finds herself at Castle Leoch where the Scots and the English are both trying to determine if she’s a spy. Soon Claire and young Scot’s warrior Jamie Fraser are married out of necessity and circumstance. But what begins as a marriage of convenience, quickly grows into a love neither of them have experienced before.
I cannot express how much I loved this book! And it was even better the second time around. Claire’s mysterious fall through time and her subsequent marriage to young Jamie was fascinating. It seemed to me they had an almost instant connection and watching them grow together was both phenomenal and tragic.
Jamie was one of the mot perceptive and thoughtful characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. He’s funny, charismatic, and extremely intelligent and clever for a young man his age. But I guess with all he’s been through in his short time, he would have to be. Though there seems to be danger coming at him from all angles of his life, for a while he finds a way to safely navigate his way through the danger. He’s kind, fair, and strong in both body, spirit, and will. And he is nothing if not a man of his word and I can really admire that.
And though Claire at times worked my nerves with her dangerous impulses, her good qualities far outshines her annoying ones. As a nurse she seemed naturally inclined towards healing and kindness to others. She was also very clever and full of love and dedication. For someone sent to a foreign time, she adjusts and adapts well to her situation.
Jamie and Claire go through some very harrowing experiences that are actually quite heartbreaking. I mean I ached for the anguish and pain they went through. But the love they shared helped them to overcome their obstacles. I am looking forward to the rest of the television series and reading the next book.
**Edit: I have since read the series through once and started reading through again. I’ve completed the first and second book in my second go round so far. Needless to say I am in love with this series!
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