My oh my, this book. . . I’m not actually quite sure where to begin with this book. Well… first of all, IT INTIMIDATED ME SO MUCH. Secondly, I FRIGGING LOVED IT AND I NEED THE NEXT ONE… oh wait… I have it.
1946: Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It’s a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changes them and to re-establish their loving marriage. But one afternoon, Claire walks though a circle of standing stones and vanishes to 1743, where the first person she meets is her husband’s six-times great-grandfather.
Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands if a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach – an outlander – in danger from both the Jacobites and the Redcoats.
Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only safety lies in James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins as compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.
(from the blurb)
CLAIRE’S POV was absolutely wonderful. Her sense of character is so strong, and so vivid and clear. She’s undeniably smart, adaptable, and as well as this, she’s conscientious and all these aspects made the book So EMoTiONaL.
She has this logical way of thinking, and when feelings and emotions get stirred into the soup that is Claire’s brain the book rips your heart out.
W H I C H I S W H A T I L O O K F O R I N A B O O K. *
Because of the detail, and the thoughtful PoV, it made the book rather slow, but a good slow??? Know what I mean?? At times, I did find some unnecessary pages that weren’t extremely interesting, but I feel like it all added into something at the same time??
It made it a lovely read and the writing was so encapsulating that I was able to sit there for an hour or more at a time and read and be so drawn in by the writing.
(It made it the kind of book that you can sit on the sofa with a blanket and read for the entire day. Which is what I did for almost four days straight. With Earl Grey tea breaks of course. I’m not a complete book monster… or that’s what I want you to think anyways. )
THE LANGUAGE, BOY OH BOY THE LANGUAGE. S O B E A U T I F U L. It was a bit show-y show-y formal at times, but eloquent and thoughtful throughout.
GAAAHHHHH IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL.
The plot was pretty up and down, up and down, but I really liked it.
It was made up of lots of small BIG events. However these things got more and more intense as the book went on. LITERALLY UNABLE TO PUT THE BOOK DOWN BECAUSE ONE THING. JUST. KEEPS. HAPPENING. AFTER. ANOTHER. **
Things that are in this book that you may like:
- AND MURDER
- AND DEATH
- AND WITCHES???????
- AND SADNESS. (For both the characters and YOU).
Can I just say: THIS BOOK IS SO HISTORICALLY ACCURATE. Literally, this book. This book, people. It’s made me go freaking crazy for this time period and whopafsejbgsdbjstkgb it’s so good.
*I need to calm down. **why cant I calm down? Oh yeah,, BECAUSE THIS BOOK IS FREAKING AMAZING AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ IT NOW.
The romance in this book is freaking brilliant. It doesn’t seem to come at you from nowhere, and actually makes sense. Does it could peoples judgement a tad from time to time? Not really. Does it make you scream “OMG” and make you swoon? yes. yes. yes.
James Fraser… now… how can someone be THAT funny while so many bad things are going on and flying all over the place? I would be reading and just fall into fits of laughter because of the things that he says and omg this is represented in the TV show so well.
I would give this book 5/5 stars as it absolutely blew me away and it couldn’t have been more perfect. I cannot wait to continue with the series.
Have you read these books? Let me know!