Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Outlander - Diana Gabaldon

Book: Outlander
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander, #1
Genres: Time Travel, Historical Romance
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 1st June 1991

My Rating: 🌕🌕🌕
Date Finished: 11th May 2022


What if your future was the past?

1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It’s a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage.
But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer - her husband’s six-times great-grandfather.

Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach - an outlander - in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats.

Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.


I'm not the biggest fan of long books. 450 seems to be my limit before I get a little bored because surely it doesn't take more than that to write a good meaningful romance? But then I bought myself this and two others in the series in the 3 for £5 offer at my favourite store.

This starts with Claire and her husband Frank on a second honeymoon in Inverness after the end of the war where Frank is interested in learning of his heritage and Claire is enjoying the small town offerings. It's when she heads up to an old stone monument that things take a strange turn when the stones start screaming and she stumbles away and into the path of a redcoat who is the spitting image of her husband. She manages to escape but then runs into a group of Scots who take her with them.

I enjoyed the first half more than the second. I read the first half very quickly before a Kindle book grabbed my attention more than this and then I just struggled to get back into it. We kept getting scenes where irrelevant things were happening and I started to skip them because I was more interested in the drama that was Claire and Jamie and the redcoats that were hunting him.

I do have the next two books in paperback which are equally as bulky as this one is but I'm not in a hurry to read them.

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