Outlander {Book Gush}


Publish Date: June 1, 1991
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Pages: 627
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Fantasy

Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another…

In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder 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’s destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning 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 passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. -Summary from Goodreads

About 5 months ago, my best-good-friend Stephanie’s mother-in-law Jeannie {say that five times real fast} told me about this series that I just HAD to read. She knows I’m a voracious reader and was shocked to hear that I had no idea what an Outlander series was. Needless to say, I left her house with all 7 books {and these are mutant books, heavier than most microwaves}. I decided to start Outlander about a month ago, maybe longer, and found myself struggling. SO, I decided to download the audio book on Audible. BEST IDEA EVER {thank you, Athena}. I was able to listen while I worked and then read some when I got home in the evenings. Anyway…

This story begins with Claire and Frank Randall on their second honeymoon. The Second World War has just ended and Claire, a war nurse, is ready for some relaxation. But what she gets is anything but. After a day’s outing, Claire returns to some standing stones {picture a smaller Stonehenge} she and Frank had found earlier. She walks through them in 1945 but emerges on the other side in 1742. The adventure that follows is unlike anything I’ve ever read. And the love that forms between Claire and Jamie MacTavish is one for the story books {yeah yeah yeah I know it’s cliché but I don’t really give a hoot}.

First let me say that it took me a while to get used to Davina Porter’s voice but once I did, I was hooked. Plus, my Scottish accent is now perfect. My coworkers are pretty annoyed with me calling them Lass or Laddie. *shrugs* I doesna care, ye ken? I LOVED this book! I love historical fiction like whoa so this was right up my alley. The way of life back then, while dangerous, was so much simpler. Makes me wish I could find the standing stones and walk into the past. The characters were great {Except for Black Jack Randall- he’s the scum of the Earth!! What he did to Jamie in the prison…makes me sick} but my favorite were Jamie and Claire. They have now become my favorite literary couple. I hoped from the start that their respect and friendship would grow into something more, so when it did I squee’d. They seemed so real and honest and …good. I got lost in their love story.

So… yeah, I was pretty P.O’d today when my little Audible man was all like, “This book is over!” I literally yelled NOOOOOO!!! I wasn’t ready for it to be over. But lucky for me, I’ve got 6 more books that I should be finished reading next year. *sigh* I don’t think review makes any sense because I’m just gushing and word hurling all over the place but I don’t care. Outlander was great! Oh and listening to this book at work during the sexuals was hilarious. I hid my face behind whatever file I was working on. *shakes head* I felt like I was going to get in trouble or something. Lesson learned!!

If you want a ginormous book filled with Scottish people, a kick ass love story, time travel and awesome, then this is your book!

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or The Book Depository.


21 thoughts on “Outlander {Book Gush}

    • I loved your comment about “forget the tardis, I’ll take the tartan” I may have to steal that from you 🙂 I cannot wait to watch Claire and Jamie come to life! And Tobias Menzies who plays Jack Randall/Frank looks so evil that I hate him already. Sorry Tobias, but you’re forever branded a scum bag. *shrugs*

      • Indeed he is as Randall the Black! Chics everywhere will be giving him the evil eye. Steal the tardis tartan line. I’m not a Who fan like everyone else and I came up with it out of thin air. Glad you like.

      • Clever girl!! I never watched Doctor Who and don’t care to. I don’t watch Sherlock either. I can say that I found out about Outlander the show after I started reading the book so imagine my excitement. I didn’t realize how popular this series is until I started googling it. Did you know that women go on “Outlander experience” trips? Kind of like Austenland? I couldn’t help but laugh.

      • Holy Knit Nerderie! Does that “experience” include Jamie? 😉 Time to pony up if it does! And I’m not into Sherlock either. Maybe it is a British thing…

      • Hahaha I just laughed out loud. Pony up! That’s hilarious. Yes, I’m dead serious. I just shook my head. I mean, really? I want to visit Edinburgh and Inverness and Gladsmuir and Cranesmuir but I don’t want to play act with strangers LOL

      • Well, who wants him? Bah! I reject the whole idea of an Outlander Experience package if I can’t experience Jamie’s pac….wait is this blog pg13?

      • That’s okay. I’m used to it. I keep my own blog pg 13 as much as possible. It has the occasional nude male torso but that it about it right now.

      • Absotutly…the identity of the guy is usually protected…book cover designers tend to crop their heads off. Not an important part I suppose.

      • Here’s what I want to know, what’s with the cheesy male torso romance novel covers anyway? Every single romance novel has some suggestive positions and photos and I can’t help but cringe.

      • Well, I’m personally partial to the nude male torso over the other typical options. No idea what is up with it other than covers announce the genre. Can’t deny you don’t know it is a romance by looking at the cover!

      • You’re not kidding!!! I scroll through netgalley shelves at work and have to scroll super fast past all the romance novels. I guess I’m a prudish book cover girl 🙂 I embarrass easily hahaha

      • Boost in romance sells due to e-readers. No lie. I’m careful when I scroll thru my e-reader shelves. No lookie loo over my shoulder.

      • HAHAHA! seriously hilarious. Over a book too! I write at work 😉 No one reads it but still I write there. Very, very, very messy so no one can read it. And OMAGOSH…wrong idea….too funny. Again I WRITE it. Talk about wrong idea!

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