Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander cover
A few months ago, Outlander premiered on Starz… and I was instantly obsessed.

Beyond having the most universally-deemed regulation hottie as the male lead, Outlander is a great – and totally and completely addictive – show. After watching just two episodes, I decided that I couldn’t possibly wait for episode three: I had to know what happened next. So I bought the novel. And the sequel. And the sequel’s sequel. And basically the entire series – all eight novels.

Told ya I’m addicted.

Now for the premise of Outlander: set immediately following the end of World War II, the reader is introduced to Claire Beauchamp Randall and her hustband, Frank Randall, on a sort of honeymoon-the-sequel. In the war, Claire served as a nurse on the battlefield while Frank worked the M16-route in intelligence, but now they are a housewife/botanist and a historian/professor, respectively. After being apart for five years, they’ve decided to reconnect by retracing their marriage’s footsteps by returning to where they were wed: rural Scotland.

While sightseeing at a Stonehenge-like standing stones, Claire accidentally falls through time and finds herself still in Scotland, but in the year 1743. In the 1740s, the clans were still the dominant ruling force in Scotland. Many of the clans believed that the disgraced Stuart heir was the rightful king of both Scotland and England and, with England demanding subservience from their Scottish counterparts, many of the clans also were desperately trying to retain their independence from King George and his redcoats.

Lost and confused, Claire is rescued by a band of these aforementioned clansmen but, since she’s an Englishwoman, is immediately suspect as a spy by all but one (the previously mentioned hottie, Jamie McTavish / Jamie Frasier. In case the two last names doesn’t give it away, Jamie has his own sketchy past and concerns to trouble his head. What follows in this historical fiction and science fiction novel is a tale of war, freedom, and love.

Outlander is an easy and interesting read; I would definitely recommend it to anybody who loves it when a book transports its reader to a far away land where he or she can become totally immersed in the story.

And the eye candy (ahem Jamie) doesn’t hurt either.