Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

From the Trade Paperback edition:
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 “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’s destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning 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 passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

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I’ve heard about Outlander for a few years and finally got around to reading it. The Outlander Challenge was the nudge I needed.

Time travel novels are not what I tend to read but I enjoyed the adventures of Claire and Jamie. They are perfectly matched. The chemistry between the two is wonderful.

I don’t want to ruin any enjoyment for first-time readers so I’m not going to write about specifics. Well, I will say that if you’re going to unexpectedly travel through time some medical knowledge really comes in handy!

Diana Gabaldon wrote a humorous, romantic, sensual, violent, heart-breaking, breath-taking novel and I’m looking forward to reading Dragonfly in Amber – the next book in the series.