The year is 1945. Claire Randall is traveling with her husband when she touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is hurled back in time to a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord 1743. Catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, she soon realizes that an alliance with James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, might be the only way to survive. Thus begins a work of unrivaled storytelling that has become a modern classic.
Review: Outlander is the book that started my love of all things Scottish and Highlander. The characters suck you right in and make you believe in magic, family and above all love. A love that is all encompassing in that it brings together a woman from 1945 and a man from 1743. You would not think they would have much in common but in fact Claire has more in common with Jamie than she does with Frank, the husband she leaves behind when she goes through the rocks into the year 1743. Claire steps through time and leaves the life she has known.
Outlander is the first book in the series that spans many years and where you watch the love between Jamie and Claire grow and expand. The life they have together is never easy and it is certainly a hard one in that they live in a time that we in the year 2012 are quite removed from. We are not surrounded by war or when we get an infection we just go to the doctor and get antibiotics. You are reading an epic tale that is not just about the HEA. It is where you get a realistic look at the historical time that the novel is set. You meet a huge cast of characters that adds a richness to the story that most historical novels do not have. It is never boring and reads quite quickly and will have you racing out to get the rest of the books in the series.
It is a novel that if you love it you will want to read it a few times because you will gain new things that you missed the first or second time of reading it. It is a novel that spans more than one genre. You have time-travel, historical, romance,etc. Claire and Jamie find love in a very unlikely place. It is a love that comes on strong and grows to something that most women hope for. You see how a relationship grows and expands with many trials and tribulations that most modern romances do not show. The issues they deal with are ones that most of us never have to deal with. Their relationship appears to be quite real because you see them fight and make up. They also have a relationship that is truly a partnership and never one-sided.
Claire, is one of my favourite female characters in fiction today. She is strong, sassy, independent and smart. Some people might even say that she is a witch in that she uses what she knows from 1945 to help her treat diseases in 1743. She is a nurse, midwife and healer. She is thrown into a time where violence and war is ever prevalent; where she has to use her wit and intelligence to stay alive.
I recommend this book to everyone that ask me what book they should read. It is a book that totally changed my outlook on fiction and romance. It is the book that I compare other books to and one that I cherish. I read it over and over again because it brings comfort and allows me to escape the present.