Saturday, November 5, 2016

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Star Rating : 5 out of 5

Content Rating : HIGH

Back Cover :

"The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is 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 stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord…1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life...and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives."

My Thoughts :
I loved this book. I enjoy books that have that historical element to them and this book definitely allowed you to feel what it might have been like during the 1740's. It had plenty of action; but, also allowed you some breaks to catch your breath. Claire is also a strong female lead and I really enjoy following her through the book. This book is LONG by the way. Don’t pick it up until you are ready to devote your time to it; because, it will pull you in.

There are love scenes, violence, and language that have me give it a HIGH rating. Outlander is violent. Think Game of Thrones when it comes to the level of sexuality, violence, and language.

     What I liked :
  • The Characters – The characters in this book draw you in along with the Scottish culture, which becomes almost a character in itself. Claire is a nurse from the 20th century. She is strong willed, independent, and witty. Jamie is from the 18th century, a Scottish redhead with a complicated past that is strong, principled, and kind.
  • The History – Gabaldon, the author, really did her homework. The history woven in is one of my favorite parts of the book.
  • The Action – This book is full of adventure. The book is long, all the books in the series are; but, you just keep flipping the page. It's hard to put down.
  • The Love Story – I'm not a big romance reader; but, I thoroughly enjoyed this love story.

     What I didn’t like :

  • The First Few Chapters - You have to get passed the first 60-80 pages. These pages give I’m sure needed background to help you connect some with Claire’s current life; but, I found myself skimming the places where her husband Frank dives into all the details of the family history. Which Claire herself keep zoning out, so maybe this was simply to get us to feel how she did...BORED. But thankful that did not last too long and we are able to jump into the action. After these pages, the story really draws you in and takes off. I, also, felt that the time spent in the Abbey at the end of the book was drawn out longer than necessary. 
  • One Scene - There was one scene I did not like. In it Jamie punished Claire by beating her. I understand that men in that time may have done things this way. What I do not understand, is the author’s choice to have Jamie like it. I think it would have sat with me better if he had done it; but, not admitted to getting enjoyment from it. Since Jamie had been beaten in the past, I have a hard time believing he would have enjoyed whipping Claire. It made it hard to go back to liking the character the same way I did.

What Others Are Saying :

“Marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex . . . perfect escape reading.”San Francisco Chronicle

“History comes deliciously alive on the page.”—New York Daily News

“Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves.”The Arizona Republic

Review by Shayna Hinshaw

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