Perfect review of the most most fantastic book.
Words cannot express how very very much I love this book. Outlander is my go-to read. Any time I’m between books and I haven’t been to the library or if I’m feeling like nothing appeals to me, I will pick up Outlander because it has everything: adventure, romance, sex, history. Basically, all my favorite things.
The premise of the books is that Claire Randall is a World War II nurse on a second honeymoon in 1946/7 when she walks through a mini-Stonehenge and travels back in time to the 1740s. She lands in the middle of a skirmish between some British soldiers and Scottish clansmen. As things wind down, Claire ends up being taken away with the Scots and treats the wounded Jamie Fraser. And thus begins the GREATEST LOVE OF ALL TIME.
Seriously, it is epic.
This is a long-ass book. Gabaldon did a ton a research and it shows. The people and place just come to life. I don’t want to spoil any of the story. Just know that there are lots of horses, sword fighting, kilts, honor, history, a witch hunt, and sex.
Oh lord, the sex! You’ve never read such sex before. Gabaldon doesn’t do the euphemism filled purple prose you usually get in romances. This is real sex, like the kind of hot, intimate sex partners really have and all the feelings you really feel. It. Is. Amazing. And a little BDSM-y.
One of the great things about Outlander is that it is a stand alone book. Although the first in the series, you could read just this book and be perfectly happy. I’m hugely biased so I’m going to urge you to read all the books because they are fantastic. Plus the sex!
Be warned though, Gabaldon is a life ruiner. You will want to take to your bed and read these books non-stop. Your family/friends/job may suffer as a result.
Recommended for lovers of historical fiction, light fantasy, and tall red-haired men.
Thanks, Lobstie! I’ve felt that RC was lacking without an Outlander review. U da best bb