Author: Diana Gabaldon
Synopsis: 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.
Special thanks to Sasha Alsberg, one of my favourite booktubers for being so obsessed with Outlander that she’s convinced me to start reading it. Just finished it today, so everything is fresh in my mind. I will try writing the reviews straight after (you would kill me if you saw my post drafts) I finish a book. (update: nope this draft’s been there for a loooong time) I have chosen to read it now because it’s the best autumn read + the new season of the TV series’s airing (I will make a post about that as well since I need to fangirl about Sam Heughan) + I am planning a trip to Scotland early April
Now, Outlander is a canon series like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones. Once you start it, it becomes an unhealthy lifestyle (or rather healthy if you ask me, but hey I am diseased, you can’t trust me) you can’t escape and it’s carved forever in your heart. I did expect this, though. But what I didn’t expect is to read bits and pieces before going to sleep every night when I had school early in the morning. I am definitely out of my reading slump. Never happened before with a 880 pages long monster of a book. I usually get intimidated and read slowly.
Claire is the female character who takes no shit. She is a smart nurse that saves everyone’s arses (while getting herself in trouble tsk tsk tsk). She is so easy to love, an already grown up woman different from the younger heroines I encountered. She does not have to spend hundreds of pages creating drama (at least in the first book?) to catch the reader’s attention.
My favourite journey, except the actual time travel, is her assimilation of the new culture. She gets used to the physical aspects easily having been an archeologist’s daughter, but you can see the psychological changes she gets through as she becomes more and more of a Scot.
If Claire is not a reason enough to start this series, what about an attractive fiery young Scot? Jamie Fraser is my new addiction really. Without giving any spoilers, I love his unconditional loyalty to his wife. He is always there, putting her on a pedestal to protect.
Another thing that makes it love so much is the historical conflict. It follows the 18th century Scottish history which I know nothing about but I am slowly educating myself.
If you want a ripping action packed romance series set in the Highlands with strong chracters, Outlander is for you.