Outlander review

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have severe emotions when it comes to Outlander. It has made me feel so happy. I have been terrified. I have been ripped to shreds by this book. I have fallen in love.
Jamie Fraser a fierce lover, strong protector, and loyal friend. He has the honor to match men twice his age. There is nothing he won’t do. Despite essentially being an outlaw and being on the run because he is wanted for a murder he somehow maintains the respect of his clansmen and holds on to his dignity.
Then by what can only be described as fate, he meets Claire Randall. A woman who comes to the past via some gigantic stones arranged in a circle at Criagh Nuh Dunn. She is catapulted backward from the 1900s to the 1700s. She lands right into the hands of the evil Jack Randall. Jamie rescues her and in turn, she mends his wounds.
As the story progresses she and Jamie marry essentially to keep from having to turn Claire in to the English.
My thoughts
Gabaldon is an exquisite storyteller. She wove a narrative that made feel like I was in Scotland. To be honest, I did not know a lot about Scotland or its history, but after reading this I felt fairly educated. For a first novel, Gabaldon displayed natural talent and skill. For me, she brought history back to life.
Claire and Jamie are my favorite couple by far. The longer she was with Jamie the less I felt bad for Frank. Claire and Jamie’s relationship pulled at my heartstrings. I love how Jamie was able to allow her to express her opinions at least to him when in that time women were seen not heard. I think Claire is perfectly suited for Jamie as he is always needing to be mended and taken off of his high horse.
I would root for them in any century.
I believe what makes this book so loveable is the characters. You fall for them yourself.
I did not like one part of the book. Laoghaire. She made my book boil. She was just vile not to mention an accomplice in an attempt to basically commit murder. Other than that evil person I loved the book.
All in all, Outlander is a book of history, a book of love, and a book of hardship. It is worth the read or in my case the reread.

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