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 don’t let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. It’s one of the fastest reads you’ll 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 isn’t 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 she’s never known before.
Claire Randall, a married nurse from the 1940’s, falls back through time to 17th century Scotland. This novel has a lot of different genre elements in it but at its heart, at least in my opinion, a romance. The main story line revolves around Claire’s new-found feelings for Jamie, a rugged Highlander, and how that conflicts with her desire to return to her own time.
I have a love hate relationship with this book. On the one hand, the author is exceptional at making you feel truly invested in the relationship. It’s probably the strongest aspect of her writing. The bad? There is an overwhelming amount of unnecessary detail. Gabaldon would go off on tangents that made me want to rip pages out of the book and trash the whole thing.
So, now the big question. Would I recommend this book? It depends on you, the reader. How much detail do you like to read? Can you stomach it in large quantities? If you like a lot, then 100%, go buy this book. Hate it? Run away and quickly. On the fence? Get a sample. She’s consistently long winded so you’ll know by the end of the sample if you can handle it.
Mass Market Paperback: 850 pages
Publisher: Dell; Reissue edition (June 2, 1992)