Sunday, December 27, 2015

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

According to Goodreads, I started this book in March 2014 and finished it a few days ago. There's a reason for that and it has nothing to do with the book's quality. Trust me, it's a wonderful book and I'm eager to read the rest of the series.

I got distracted

Yes, I started watching Outlander on Starz before I really got into the book and Sam Heughan really got me all distracted. When you consider the number of times that Claire and Jaime have sex in the book and that the show really tried to remain faithful.... *fans self*

Outlander is a book about time travel? No. Romance? No.... The 1700's in Scotland? Maybe. Sex? Mostly. Claire is a war nurse from 1945 and is recently reunited with her husband, Frank, for a little after war vacation. She ends up in an area of the British Isles and POOF! is suddenly sent back to Scotland in 1743. She is obviously an outsider (a Sassenach) and comes across a clan of highlanders who take her back to their castle (prisoner for the most part, since she is so unusual for the time).

Since she is a nurse, she has purpose in this time as a healer. But since the Scots still feel she is a spy, she is closely watched even as she keeps attempting to get back to the spot she fell through to get back to Frank.

She meets up with Redcoats, including Black Jack Randall, an ancestor of her husband's. Black Jack turns out to be a sadistic son of a bitch and Claire must be protected from him. In order to try and keep her safe, she is married to Jaime Fraser (see above photo and swoon). At first unhappy, Claire and Jaime enjoy quite the physical relationship and she grows to love him dearly (can you blame her?).

There are a lot of adventures for this clan in this novel so I won't go into all of them in this review but,with 800+ pages, it's an amazing read. First in the series, I cannot wait to read the rest and to see season two of the show.

(oh, and Scots really don't wear anything under their kilts)

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