Published: July 26th 2005
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
Paperback: 627 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
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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. – Goodreads
**might contain some spoilers**
This book, oh this book! Where do I even start? Well… Claire is from 1945, but mysterious circumstances hurls her into 1743, but not just anywhere, nope into the Scottish Highlands surrounded by wild Scottish men. Claire is used to a certain amount of technology, medical advances and generally more ‘sanitary’ situations shall we say. Taken in by clansmen and forced to be their ‘doctor’ while constantly under suspicion of being a spy, things get interesting and sometimes infuriating, which isn’t a surprise, as some of the laws and customs of this time were truly ghastly.
But let’s talk about something a little more happy. This book is full of strong Scottish men and none so compelling as Jamie. I must admit, there is something that drew me to Jamie other than his bravery and sense of duty: his surname is Fraser, which is also my surname. This led to an instant liking to him, however weird that might sound. I must say though, that at first I was a bit disgusted that Jaime “spanked” Claire, but the book explains nicely about how that is what he needed to do, for himself, the other people and to show her how serious it was what she did!
This novel has a gorgeous and vivid setting and I only wish that the standard blue cover of this book drew me in, because then I might have read this series sooner! However, I do not for one moment wish I gave this novel a skip. It was intriguing, engaging, emotional and in a sense, epic.
From what I understand, the other books delve more into other characters, which I can’t wait for! There are a number of characters that I need to know more about and this series is one I have to finish. It is my must-read recommendation for 2014!
“No wonder he was so good with horses, I thought blearily, feeling his fingers rubbing gently behind my ears, listening to the soothing, incomprehensible speech. If I were a horse, I’d let him ride me anywhere.”