This is a spoiler free review
Title: Outlander (originally Cross Stitch)
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publisher: Arrow Books
Publication Date: 1991
In 1946 Claire Randell goes to the Scottish Highlands for a second honeymoon with her husband. But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743.
Marooned amid danger, her only chance for safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scot warrior.
Warning: this book is in the adult genre and contains both violent scenes and sexually graphic scenes.
I shortened the blurb from the back of the book because:
- it was really long, and I really didn’t want to type it all out / find a suitable online version
- it gives away the plot a wee bit (so just wanted to keep this post absolutely spoiler free)
I have wanted to read this book ever since I started watching abookutopia‘s youtube videos. She mentions outlander in nearly every video, its quite impressive. So I had great expectations (and sometimes that ruins the book), about this. Outlander smashed them (Yay!!).
This book is set in Scotland and I absolutely loved it for that, since that’s where I’m from. Sometimes reading books based from here can be hard, but Outlander did it perfectly. I loved the fact that Scottish slang was used frequently, and correctly. Even the wee things we do, like sigh as we sit down was included.
The beauty of the highlands was also portrayed eloquently . The settings described painted a beautiful picture, just like on the rare sunny days I go for a walk through the country side (emphasis on rare).
The plot itself was slow to start, mainly because everything had to be set up. So I encourage you to give this book until about page 300 before you decide to give up on it.
The book is written form Claire’s point of view and I loved the way she had to grow accustomed to living in the 1700’s. It’s not always my favourite way of reading a book, but it really didn’t bother me this time. And Claire’s reactions and actions were realistic that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
My other favourite character would have to be Jamie Fraser. Oh my! Imagining him in a kilt on top of a hill, makes me want to sigh with happiness.
Overall, this book is a great read and there is never a dull moment. I strongly recommend you read this book. I can’t wait until I pick up the sequel.
Out of 5 :
p.s. going to start watching the tv show this week, excited to see how they adapted it