Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: 📖 & 🎧
Pub Date: 6.1.1991
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
“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.”
“You’re mine, mo duinne…Mine alone, now and forever… Aye, I mean to use ye hard, my Sassenach…I want to own you, to posses you, body and soul.”
For 2022, I set the goal to read the first Outlander book and earlier this year, I accomplished that goal. But, for some reason I never posted my review? So, here we go!
What is there to say about Outlander that hasn’t been said?
I decided to listen to this one after reading the first 100 or so pages. My reasoning? I felt that I was missing out on hearing the correct pronunciation of the Scottish landmarks and dialogue. I was absolutely butchering it in my head.
I feel like Jamie Fraser is the original of the book boyfriends, and I could read about him all day… which I will be doing as I want to finish the Outlander series this year. Some might not agree with his tactics, but he loved Claire with all of his heart.
And there there is Claire. She is the heroine of her own story, and I love her wit, tenacity, and strength. I can’t tell you how many times I thought to myself, “how is this woman staying so collected? I would’ve lost my marbles at this point.”
I’m looking forward to following the rest of the Outlander series through and seeing how Diana Gabaldon continues to transform her characters. For 2023, my goal is to read the second and third of this series. Wish me luck!
Format: 896 pages, hardback
Published: June 2, 1992