Author: Diana Gabaldon


7/1/20231 min read

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.

Review: Well….this is a bit of a tricky one. First of all, I was probably way too young to read this book. Sometimes you read a book and you love/hate it. I have a love/hate relationship with this book. First the love part: The characters are amazing. If 8 dimensional existed, this would be the reason. The world-building had so many details that you feel you are time travelling yourself. The first 200 pages were incredible and so well written and then you have page 201 (lol) that's where the hate start. The story started to drag and I would have scrapped lots of unnecessary scenes. Then we get the sex scenes, some sex scenes, some rape, some more sex scenes, a bit more rape and a beating. Well.....I hate violence against women and although I understand in that time it was pretty normal, but for the love of God...I hated it.

So the conclusion is that I loved the writing and style, I hated part of the storyline. BUT...for aspiring writers it is definitely a brilliant learning tool on how to build your characters and world.