Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Publication date: 1991
My rating: 5/5 (more like 5 billion)
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.
There are some books that you know you'll love before you even pick the damn thing up. It's not only that the summary intrigues you, it's almost like the book draws you towards itself and makes you restless to the point that unless you have successfully devoured the pages, you don't feel at peace. Needless to say, this book did just that. Why you ask?
Historical fiction - check.
Time travel aspect - check.
Hot Scot in a kilt - check.
Mindblowing steamy scenes - check.
Heartbreaking moments - check.
This book has it all. After finishing this book, I felt like my outlook on life itself had changed somehow. Maybe I'm exaggerating here but sue me. I was a bundle of nerves, ugly crying towards the end.
On having finished this book, I literally thanked Diana Gabaldon for being born and the universe for making this a longass series. I don't know about you but I need more Jamie. Even 8 books aren't enough. The TV show has done a fantastic job casting Sam Heughan. Let me demonstrate why.
(Beautiful words from a beautiful man <3)
Okay I'll stop now. But do you see now? Pure beauty.
It's a nine hundred page book but I flew through it because of how gripping the story is, right from the beginning. There was never a dull moment, I was never bored. That in itself is a huge accomplishment for the author.
I learnt a lot about the Scottish culture and their history and that's always the best part about historical fiction novels. It also made me slightly obsessed with the country like so many other people but I'm not complaining. That place is beautiful and their accents are to die for. Okay this is not a tourism promo.
There is a scene that happens towards the end of this book which is devastating and also controversial. Let's just say people were dicks even in the 18th century. Sigh. Anyway, I died a little during that and couldn't shake the feeling off for a couple of days. That's how much this book affected me.
This book isn't a recommendation. It's a demand. And a plea :3
PLEASE READ IT. I beg. I cry.