>I’m currently re-reading the Outlander series, and therefore there will be a review on each of the seven books – at least that’s the plan.
The first Outlander novel was first published in 1991 at 896 pages (and is now probably one of the shortest in the series). Don’t let the length scare you- it’s a true page-turner that you won’t be able to put down! This series doesn’t really fit into one specific category; it could go in romance, sci-fi, or historical fiction (the latter being my recommendation). If there was just one book that I could recommend to everybody, men and women alike, it would be Outlander. Once you read it, you won’t be able to get to the bookstore fast enough to get the next in the series.
The first book is “Outlander” (or Cross-Stitch, as I believe it is still called in the UK). The book begins in 1945 with Claire Beauchamp Randall, a nurse who is enjoying a second honeymoon with her historian husband Frank in the Scottish Highlands after WW2. While exploring some plants near a circle of standing stones, Claire “steps through” the stones and ends up in the middle of skirmish between Scottish Highlanders and the English – in 1743. The Scots assume she is an English spy, and decide she is at least worth taking with them because she demonstrates her knowledge of healing. She meets a red-headed young man by the name of Jamie and patches up his wounds, and from that point on develops an ever-evolving bond with him. She is brought before the laird of clan MacKenzie, and it is decided that’s where she’ll remain until they find out exactly who she is. While she continues to try to get back to the standing stones, as it seems her only hope for getting back to her time, her life gets intertwined with Jamie’s and she will ultimately have to decide whether she truly wants to back to the future, or follow her heart, and a passion she has never known, to stay in 1743.
I don’t think it’s possible to finish this first book without wanting to read the others. The plot of Outlander is intricate and captivating. The dialogue is fantastic – you might find some Scottish accents slipping into your speech accidentally. And while there is a very broad cast of characters, they are all thoroughly well-developed. Claire is a strong, resourceful woman who has a lot of sass and knows how to think and act quickly. Jamie is honorable, witty, and gallant. They are both stubborn, and entirely devoted to each other.
Read this book! It will make you want to start planning your trip to the Scottish Highlands in no time.
5 out of 5 stars, of course.