Outlander  - Diana Gabaldon
I was late to the Outlander hype. After endless threats from a dear friend, saying that if I don't read this wonderful novel she'll kick my arse, I finally caved. Also, the fact Starz picked up the series and it was about to d├ębut, well my curiosity was peaked. I honestly did not think I would enjoy this book but boy was I wrong! Diana Gabaldon gave me a whole new perspective on men in kilts [and what's underneath o.O].


The first of 8 novels in the Outlander series, the story takes place in the Scottish Highlands. A place full of history, legends and lore.
Inverness 1945... Frank and Claire Randall are on their second honeymoon, trying to reconnect with each other after being separated by their work in World War II.

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After hearing rumors, Frank and Claire venture up to the Standing Stones a top Craigh na Dun to watch the local "witches" perform a ritual dance.

After the women leave, Frank and Claire walk up to Stones to investigate but are soon interrupted. Not wanting to be seen, Frank and Claire hurry off. The next day Claire decides to return to Craigh na Dun to collect a plant specimen. As she ventures up the hill top there is a mighty wind and a roar coming from the large cleft stone. Claire walks over to the stone to investigate the ghastly sounds further and inadvertently gets swept back in time 200 years, to the 18th century.

Trying to make heads or tails of the circumstance, she comes face to face with Frank's ancestor, Jonathan Wolverton Randall (a.k.a. Black Jack). Baring a striking resemblance to Frank, he takes Claire by surprise and soon gets her in rather compromising position.

Black Jack is quite an unsavory character and my disdain for him runs deep...but I digress. Claire gets rescued by one of the men of the Clan Mackenzie. Going from one predicament to another, she finds herself in a cabin full of curious and smelly Scots. They batter her with questions about who she is, why she's there and how she knows one Captain Randall. While fielding their questions and trying to come up with an escape plan, she spies a young man in pain.

Enter the one and only James (Jamie) Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser *swoon*
Dislocated shoulder be damned...he is the ultimate man in one hell of body! *drools*

Oh sorry...back to the story...
The Scots, thinking that Claire may be an English spy, take her back with them to Castle Leoch, to go in front of Colum Mackenzie, the Laird of the MacKenzie clan and Jamie's maternal uncle.

It's a non stop adventure for Claire as she tries to get back to 1945...and her husband Frank. Circumstances put Jamie in her way and she finds herself falling head over heels for him. Caught between finding the love of her life, her soul mate, Jamie and the obligation and devotion she feels for Frank.

Should she risk it all to stay with Jamie or go back to a familiar time and the husband she once knew...



 

First off, I must say this is one of the most well written books I have read in a long time, or maybe EVER. I could see the characters, landscape and scenery like I was right there among clansmen on the gorgeous Scotland countryside. Gabaldon brings every page to life, in this historical, time-traveling, romantic adventure.

Character Review
While Frank is a decent man and a pretty likable character, Jamie will steal your heart. Jamie being stubborn as an ox and wise beyond his years is no match for feisty, quick witted Claire. As their story unfolds you can't help but to get drawn in the book yourself. I'm in love with Jamie Fraser, there is just no one else that compares to him. And yes I am fully aware that he is a fictional character, but damn it don't ruin it for me...
As for Claire...where to start? Well to put it plainly, she is a true bad ass! She is smart, fearless and feisty. I loved reading how she dealt with all the male characters. She really puts them in their place.
And the love that develops between her and Jamie...ahhh...that will melt your heart.
I highly recommend this book. I give this book an overall rating of 5 out 5 stars!
It will make you ask yourself if your soul mate is waiting for you back in 1743...

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