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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – This World Stays With You, Have The Second Book Ready To Go.

July 4, 2011

In Outlander, a 600-page time-travel romance, strong-willed and sensual Claire Randall leads a double life with a husband in one century, and a lover in another. Torn between fidelity and desire, she struggles to understand the pure intent of her heart. But dont let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. Its one of the fastest reads youll have in your library.

While on her second honeymoon in the British Isles, Claire touches a boulder that hurls her back in time to the forbidden Castle Leoch with the MacKenzie clan. Not understanding the forces that brought her there, she becomes ensnared in life-threatening situations with a Scots warrior named James Fraser. But it isnt all spies and drudgery that she must endure. For amid her new surroundings and the terrors she faces, she is lured into love and passion like shes never known before. I was lame and sore in every muscle when I woke next morning. I shuffled to the privy closet, then to the wash basin. My innards felt like churned butter. It felt as though I had been beaten with a blunt object, I reflected, then thought that that was very near the truth. The blunt object in question was visible as I came back to bed, looking now relatively harmless. Its possessor [Jamie] woke as I sat next to him, and examined me with something that looked very much like male smugness. Gabaldon creates characters that youll remember, laugh with, cry with, and cheer for long after youve finished the book. –Candy Paape

Outlander
Outlander
By Diana Gabaldon
ISBN: 0-7704-2879-7
Seal Books, 1991
850 pages
Mass market paperback
Historical adventure/Romance

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Its 1945, and the war is over. Field nurse Claire Randall is holidaying in the Scottish Highlands while reconnecting with her scholarly husband, Frank. Shes an amateur botanist, and as Claire is searching for a particular flower alongside an ancient stone circle, she stumbles upon a gateway to the past. Ripped from her own time, the bewildered English woman is mistaken for a Sassenach, or Outlander, by a raiding border clan.

Now its 1743. And Claire is not only in danger of losing her life-she may also lose her heart. Jamie Fraser is a dashing warrior who shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes torn between fidelity to Frank and her desire for the gallant young Scot. Two loves, two different times. Who and when will Claire choose?

Outlander was recommended to me by a good friend. As it is an 850 page romance, the book is not one I would otherwise have read. But theres a reason Diana Gabaldons 1991 historical romance is still kept in stock at bookstores like Chapters and Amazon: Outlander is much more than a romance. This novel is a time travel, historical adventure so full of sizzling romance and interesting characters its almost impossible to put down.

The book has been criticized for its length (repetitive and some scenes arent necessary) and for its sex scenes (erotic rather than traditional romance). My own dislike is that Gabaldons writing is more formal than one would expect from a mainstream or genre novel; her style is almost literary.

Such criticisms aside, Outlander provides tremendous entertainment for your money, and the romance between Jamie and Claire is one Ill never forget. In fact, I cant remember reading any other book where I wanted to be two characters at the same time. Gabaldon drew me so deeply into her fictional world I put aside my reviewers hat and gave her a couple of days of my life (and theres the justification for both the detail in and the length of the story). Well done!

There are six books in the Outlander series, with a seventh coming out September 22, 2009. Im looking forward to reading them all.

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