Series: Outlander #1
on June 1, 1991
Genres: Romance, Adult
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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.
So, unless you’ve been living under a rock or really just missed the memo – Outlander is an amazing book. Not only is it an amazing book, but the STARZ network has also adapted it for television, and that show is a whole other kind of guilty pleasure. But we are here to talk about books! And seriously, you need this in your life. It is an “adult” book, with some significantly explicit scenes and language, so if that’s something you tend to shy away from, or don’t particularly like – this may not be for you. If you don’t mind those things, and are also looking for some Scottish history, bodice ripping, feminism, and lots of adventure – I guarantee you will love this. I watched the first episode of the TV show, that’s what initially peaked my interests – and was immediately sucked into the book. The writing style is gorgeous, definitely more along the lines of period piece literature than YA Romance – which I’m a lot more accustomed to. Claire, the main character, is a phenomenal perspective to read from. She’s witty, hilarious, head strong, and wicked smart. Jamie, our other main character is refreshingly naive, equally as funny, and daringly charming. Like usual, when I love something this much, I want to keep my review brief, so here is the bulk of what I want to leave you with: this book challenged me. The writing style was different, the accents, the characters, the complexity of the plot and the historical elements, the romance, the heartbreak, and the tears shed all wrapped up together created one of the most challenging yet joyous reads I have ever experienced. For a life long YA reader, this series may have just converted me towards adult fiction. Don’t let the sheer size of the book scare you, or the possibility that reading and understanding everything will be a challenge. I seriously think this is the kind of novel that every woman should read at least once in their life, go pick it up!