Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

If you found yourself in the past, would you be able to blend in until you found a way back?  Would you try to create a new life for yourself or would you risk everything to return to your present?  Would you use your knowledge to change history?  If you had to choose between two loves, how would you do so?

Claire is an English nurse on holiday with her husband in the Scottish Highlands.  Claire and Frank have been separated by the war for six years but WWII is finally at an end and they treat themselves to a second honeymoon of sorts.  Frank spends a fair bit of time tracing his family history and Claire indulges her interest in botany by roaming the countryside, collecting plant samples.  It’s on one of these quests that she enters a circle of standing stones and finds herself transported back roughly 200 years, to Scotland on the verge of the Jacobite rising.  Disoriented, she stumbles into a skirmish between Scots and English.  Both groups suspect her of being a spy.

She is taken by the Scots and finds herself nursing a tall, redheaded highlander by the name of Jamie.  Her healing skills earn her respect although she is still regarded with suspicion.  As the story progresses, circumstances  push Claire into a marriage with Jamie.  She slowly finds herself torn between her desire to return to Frank and her desire to stay with Jamie.

Compelling story:  600+ pages go by quickly.  Gabaldon shows both the good and bad of 1743 Scotland and the story contains a good deal of graphic violence.

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3 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Melissa said,

    I enjoyed this book when I read it eons ago, but lost interest in the series after a while.

  2. 2

    Erin said,

    The first & last of the series are my favorites. Let me know what you think, if you keep going with it.

  3. 3

    Michelle said,

    I read almost the whole series and really loved it. I have not read her new one yet though. I loved the characters, Jamie and Claire, and all their love and adventures!


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