Book Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Book Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

December 6, 2015 Book Reviews 0

Book Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Genre: Historical Romance

Reviewed by: Marissa Sladek, Our Write Side Chief Book Reviewer

Book Blurb

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.


There are times when I need a quick read to get away from my everyday life. Despite the number of pages, this definitely proved to be a fast read. Outlander sucked me in from page one!

The epic novel begins when Claire Randall, a young nurse serving in World War II meets up with her husband, Frank, in the Scottish countryside to rekindle their marriage after six years apart. Left to her own devices as Frank follows one lead after another to find his ancestry, Claire touches a boulder that transports her through the ancient ruins and finds herself in 1743 thrust in the middle of the forbidden Castle Leoch with the Mackenzie clan. She must learn to adapt in her new surroundings quickly as she comes face to face with Frank’s evil look-alike, Black Jack Randall.

The life-threatening situations she finds herself unable to avoid introduces her to James Fraser, a Scotsman she nurses back to health. He, in turn, joins her in the swashbuckling antics of the evil Black Jack, inciting their love. When Claire finally returns to 1945, she faces more conflict than ever as she must choose between two loves and two very different, irreconcilable  lives.

With mesmerizing characters, the fantastic visual writing , and impossible situations made realistic, Outlander hooked me right away. I must read all of the books in this series!

Not So Good: There are a few violent scenes involving rape.

The Good:  You are subtly drawn in until you are lost in the Scotland countryside and unable to put the book down.


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