Outlander (#1) by Diana Gabaldon: Review

Outlander (#1) by Diana Gabaldon: ReviewOutlander by Diana Gabaldon
Published by Doubleday Canada on 2010-12-22
Genres: Fiction, Historical
Pages: 613

Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an

Leary says….

Without a doubt one of my TOP favorites of ALL time – seriously I cannot say this enough! I completely 100% struggled through the first 30% of the book; I thought about putting it down several times but I am so utterly happy that I didn’t. This is one of the most epic love stories (at least in my opinion) and I couldn’t help falling in love with the characters. Trust me, push yourself through the first 30% – don’t give up on it, don’t give up on Jamie – he is worth the push!

The first thing that captured my attention about this book is the time travel aspect. I happen to have read a different series that had time travel and I absolutely loved the concept and loved the challenges that the characters face while trying to acclimate to the completely different era or even century and the humor I could find when the characters let their true century shine through and just UTTERLY confuse everyone around them.

The second thing that totally attracted me to this book was the connection between Jamie and Claire. At first, I seriously didn’t think I would get on board with Jamie and Claire, the whole her having a husband in her time and the fact that Jamie is younger than Claire (I usually prefer when the male is older) but seriously…those two things BARELY even popped into my head.

“Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone,

I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One.

I give ye my Spirit, ’til our Life shall be Done”

Once I pushed through 30%, I was without a doubt HOOKED. Literally could not put the book down, the action, the sexual attraction, the deliciousness of Jamie and the soul consuming love that builds between the two just kept me anticipating the page turn. Now everything is not all rainbows and butterflies…NO WAY JOSE is it even close to being perfect. There are some horrendous things that take place; I was pacing while reading just not seeing a way for the Jamie and Claire to get through it.

There are some definitely moments in the book that I know some readers will have a tough time getting over; I don’t want to spoil anything in the book for those who haven’t read it but please be aware that there are some pretty graphic scenes that made my stomach turn.

“And if your life is a suitable exchange for my honor, why is my honor not a suitable exchange for your life?”

If you haven’t gathered from what I’ve been saying; I HIGHLY recommend this book. The books are seriously super fahhhreaking long so I’m going to take a break between each one. Oh, also…I did want to note that it did take me longer to read the book due to the Scottish tongue, it’s just the way that they talk and how it’s written that took me awhile to get used to but don’t let that scare you off!

“I would have killed a dozen men to get to you, Claire.”

Anywho, pick up book one ASAP and then the first episode of the show is online for free!! PS: this cover is the cover used for the show…I used this one because I know some people judge a book by it’s cover and the original one isn’t much!

Series Order

#1 Outlander • #2 Dragonfly in Amber • #3 Voyager •#4 Drums of Autumn

 #5 The Fiery Cross • #6 A Breath of Snow and Ashes • #7 An Echo in the Bone