September 07, 2004
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: a fabulous book that defies classification that I’ve reread several times.

At the beginning of Outlander, the year is 1945 and we are introduced to Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, who is on a second honeymoon in Scotland with her husband Frank. One night, while at a local stone circle, Claire touches one of the stones and is transported back in time to 1743.

She quickly draws the attention of both the Scottish and the English and is emboiled in plots and deceptions. To complicate matters further, there’s James Frasier, a tall, handsome Scot on the run from the English that Claire finds herself drawn to.

This novel, the first in a series of several, is an amazing read. It’s well over eight hundred pages, but I never feel like it’s too long - in fact, I’m always anxious to start the next one right away. The writing is wonderful and the characters so full of life that you can’t help but believe they are real. You also get a history of Scotland and England’s struggles at the same time.

I’m hard pressed to put this book into a category. It’s clearly a romance, but it’s also got elements of history, science fiction, fantasy, and even mystery. While some may be put off at its length, I still highly recommend it and its sequels to anyone looking for a great read.