So as usual, I’m a little late to the Outlander party. I had never really heard much about it before but would sometimes see it here and there on different book lists. It sounded like something I would like but I never thought much about reading it. Finally one day, I saw it at Target and decided it was time to give in and read it. Before I started reading the book I browsed through some of the reviews on Goodreads and was a little surprised to find what people were saying about it. At least the negative thoughts. A lot of people were upset about the rape and attempted rape scenes, the beatings and all of that… which is understandable in our society now. But back in the time period that Gabaldon was writing about…. those things were just a part of life. But anyways…. I don’t want to open up that can of worms so moving on…
Summary: Claire Randall is on a sort of second honeymoon with her husband Frank in the Scottish Highlands. He is busying tracking down his lineage that lived in the area in the 18th century. A British officer named Johnathon Randall. Claire is shown the local standing stone circle, like a mini Stonehenge and is immediately enthralled by it. She goes back alone one day to gather some plants (as she is a bit of an amateur botanist) and touches one of the stones and spirals back through time and lands in 1743. She finds herself in the midst of a battle and runs but is grabbed by none other than Frank’s ancestor, Jonathan Randall himself. A Scottish man named Murtagh comes to her aid and takes her away where she meets Jamie MacTavish (the surname she believes is his until finds out later it is not). Events continue to carry on in the 1743 as Claire goes back and forth between being happy where she is and wanting to escape the castle and try to get back to her own time. She and Jamie are thrown together and when it finally comes down to her going back to her own time she finds herself having to make the hardest decision of her life.
I have to say that after reading some of the reviews on Goodreads I was a little apprehensive about the book. But as I continued reading, I didn’t want to put it down. Sure there were some pretty hairy situations with floggings and attempted rape but it does not make up the entirety of the book. Gabaldon easily grabbed my attention and kept it throughout the nearly 900 page novel. I am very eager to read the second, third, fourth, etc.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a romance that’s not a typical romance. I give this book five out of five stars.