Outlander (tv Tie-in) by Diana GabaldonOutlander (tv Tie-in) by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (tv Tie-in)

byDiana Gabaldon

Mass Market Paperback | July 1, 2014

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Unrivaled storytelling . . . unforgettable characters . . . rich historical detail . . . these are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon's work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.
     The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is 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 stone 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.
DIANA GABALDON is the New York Times-bestselling author of the popular Outlander saga--Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and An Echo in the Bone--as well as the bestselling series featuring Lord John Grey, a character she introduced in Voyager, and one work of nonficti...
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Title:Outlander (tv Tie-in)Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:896 pages, 6.86 × 4.17 × 1.42 inPublished:July 1, 2014Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Series The book itself is a 5, this cover specifically I only give a 4, because I don't like the cover image as much as the other editions, but also because in the paperback version the cover is slightly smaller then the pages, thus, you can feel the first page of the book while the book is still closed - it's weird and it bothers me. The book is amazing, but not a fan of this edition. Again, I would recommend this novel, but not this edition of the book.
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What's Under A Scotsman Kilt? (; I enjoyed the book very much, having watched the tv series first. The novel offers dynamic characters who are easy to fall in love with, and hate... I loved the historical setting and historical detail. However, there are very mature themes in this novel, not all of which are addressed with considerable care. I'm usually not a big fan of first person but I enjoyed it in this book because I really love the character of Claire, who is strong minded. My biggest criticism is that the ending was underwhelming, the story had good action, a good love story, a nice build up, then the main climax was a little underwhelming due to the way it was fairly easily resolved at the end. With that being said I enjoyed it immensely and I'm going to continue reading the series.
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read A complex plot full of excitement, adventure and heart wrenching emotion.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from TW: sexual violence there is a lot of suggested, attempted and completed sexual violence. the show is better.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pulls you in This book is magical. It will pull you right in and you will not be able to put it down until the very last page. It is wonderfully written, with terrific beauty. It is a must read!
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the series I have read this series three times now and I have loved them every single time! Gabaldon has a way of pulling you into the books so that you are right there with the characters, making it easy to escape into these books and away from the real world around you. Will always recommend this series to anyone who enjoys Scottish history and a good love story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outlander LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this story. I fell in love with Jamie. It kept me on the edge of my seat. Amazing, wonderful, sexy. It has everything in it. I could not put it down. can't wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! At times the writing is a bit slow, but the story is captivating. I had trouble putting it down!
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! I usually don't like historical fiction, even though I love history, but this book was amazing. I loved learning about the history and culture of 18th century Scotland. Although it was a bit hard to read at times, this book was full of action and plot twists that keep you at the edge of your seat pretty much throughout the entire novel. Thanks to this book, I now have the desire to learn Gaelic.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It I bought this on a recommendation from a friend and couldn't put it down! I can't wait to read the next in the series.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I bought this book on a friend's recommendation and was not disappointed. Great book!
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating! I read this many eons ago. This is a well written and captivating book. I was hooked from start to finish and can't rave enough about the characters and story line. Love Jamie and Claire.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I can't believe I waited so long to read this series. I am completely captivated and completely in love with the characters.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You'll have no choice... You'll get sucked into the story here, just as I did. I literally could not put this book down, and could not function until I had absorbed every page. When I found there were more in the series, I went out that day and bought them all, and have waited with baited breath for each addition to the story since. Diana Gabaldon takes you there and writes so skillfully that you'll feel like you are experiencing this world with your own senses.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story This is an amazing series full of romance, danger, grief, pain, loss and hope. The books are so beautifully written. Historically accurate you will feel transported, as Claire was into 18th century Scotland (and beyond!!) Just an amazing series - read the books AND watch the series.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am totally addicted I bought this book at a friend's recommendation when I was travelling overseas...I was hooked before touchdown! Definitely recommend this book to others looking for a light read...one that can go and go (as there are so many books in the series). I'm on book 6 and still can't wait to read at bedtime!
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it I bought this a few months ago and I really enjoyed it! The story is quite different than what I have read before. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorites Even though many I know read this years ago and raved about it I finally got around to reading it only a few years ago... It is a richly written real love story - with an interesting premise and twist - and the reader lures us to fall in love with the characters. Worth reading again if you haven't ready it in a while... Am ordering book # 7 now... I tried to read others afterwards but found myself missing Claire, Jamie, their extended family and community - and their life.t o
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I ADORE this serie This is the best series i read. One of my friend recommended that i read it. I have no regret. I recommend this book to everyone i know and to anyone who loves to read romance and history ish time travel. enjoy
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved Good storyline, loved the characters. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refreshing change of pace I loved that this was different from the books I had been reading. Yes it falls under the romance category, but don't let that scare you off if you "aren't a romance person" - lots of action, humour, and a plot that keeps you reading.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good. This was one of the biggest books ive read in such a short time. Kept me interested from page 1, all the way to the end. Excited to watch the tv series after ive finished the books!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love, romance, betrayal, pain The Romance Reader, Listopia and Amazon ALL list THE OUTLANDER as their number one romance novel of all time. Because I apparently had nothing to read one night *rolls eyes*, I ordered THE OUTLANDER from KOBO and set my mind on everything love and romance. By the time I was finished (2 nights later) 896 ‘real’ pages, I had to agree: The Outlander is probably the number one romance novel *sigh*. First published in 1991, The Outlander is a novel of love, romance and betrayal set in both the 18th and 20th centuries. So hold on, grab a coffee or glass of wine, read my review. It is almost as long as the book. : ) The Outlander is the first book in Diana Gabaldon’s The Outlander series. The Romance Reader, Listopia and Amazon ALL list The Outlander as the number one romance book of all time. So, I dug in my heels, and forged ahead. Almost 900 pages later, I am exhausted. The premise involves the history between Scotland and England, romance, sex, love, betrayal, violence, medicine, witchcraft, spirituality, torture, rape, time travel and family. But above all else, this is a love story that crosses the centuries: an accidental relationship that was forced between two people, to save their lives and the lives of many more. The Outlander is a long novel. The many different storylines of romance, love and torture at the hands of someone claiming to love, is reminiscent of many abusive relationships. But the true relationship between Jamie and Claire, evolves into a love match, that anyone would hold close to their heart. The Outlander is one story that I will never forget. As the first book in The Outlander series, I can only surmise, that my heart will be heavy, my eyes will be red, and I will not like the idea that Claire will return to her own time. The lists and top tens may have it correct-this is one of the best romance stories I have read.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite adult series... My favourite series...after Harry Potter. I have been (almost) fully engrossed in this series since first picking up Outlander. I am not normally one for Romance, but this has been so entertaining. There is humour, action, romance, intrigue, etc. I highly recommend.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4 Stars I heard some good reviews and decided to try this book. Was not disappointed. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Romance I feel like this one is hit or miss. You'll either love it or hate. It has a lot of romance so if that is not your thing, you will not enjoy this one.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this! Great series. I highly recommend it
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Great Series of Books Great series of books by Diana Gabaldon... lots of intrigue.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from By far my favourite book! I absolutely loved this book. It is great at capturing your attention and drawing you in. Diana Gabaldon is a fantastic Author and did an amazing job with this series! #plumrewards
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I really loved this book - Claire is such an amazing character.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I absolutely fell in love with this book. Even named my first son James (nick name Jamie of course!) My husband wouldn't let my daughter be named Claire though :-( I loved every moment, every word of this book. The author brings you into the scene and you can perfectly imagine yourself there. Have read it 8 times - every time a new book comes out, I restart the series! Absolutely love this book
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Own it and Love it The juxtaposition of history and romance is effortless. Its a cliche but its easy to fall in love with the characters, and yes even the villian.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! It's my first time reading a book on historical romance. There is a lot of detail. You get lost in the story! Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book This book is great. It has a ton of adventure, romance and imagination. You can't go wrong by picking this one up!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am hooked! Read this book when the TV series started and now reading the whole series. My heritage is Scottish so I loved all the historical references. A book to get lost in - couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Fantastic!! This book was gripping from begining to end. I can hardly wait to start the next book in the series, and check out the TV series starting Aug. 9th!!! I would recommend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2014-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't put it down-it will walk away! My husband and I fought over this series for weeks. I can't wait to be able to watch it!
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful story line and riviting history I have read the whole outlander series!!Once you pick up the first one,you are' hooked" or at least I was!!!! I love the way Diana weaves actual history events into her stories and the story details are amazing!!!
Date published: 2014-06-30

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Jamie made a fire in a sheltered spot, and sat down next to it. The rain had eased to a faint drizzle that misted the air and spangled my eyelashes with rainbows when I looked at the flames. He sat staring into the fire for a long time. Finally he looked up at me, hands clasped around his knees. "I said before that I'd not ask ye things ye had no wish to tell me. And I'd not ask ye now; but I must know, for your safety as well as mine." He paused, hesitating. "Claire, if you've never been honest wi' me, be so now, for I must know the truth. Claire, are ye a witch?" I gaped at him. "A witch? You—you can really ask that?" I thought he must be joking. He wasn't. He took me by the shoulders and gripped me hard, staring into my eyes as though willing me to answer him. "I must ask it, Claire! And you must tell me!" "And if I were?" I asked through dry lips. "If you had thought I were a witch? Would you still have fought for me?" "I would have gone to the stake with you!" he said violently. "And to hell beyond, if I must. But may the Lord Jesus have mercy on my soul and on yours, tell me the truth!" The strain of it all caught up with me. I tore myself out of his grasp and ran across the clearing. Not far, only to the edge of the trees; I could not bear the exposure of the open space. I clutched a tree; put my arms around it and dug my fingers hard into the bark, pressed my face to it and shrieked with hysterical laughter. Jamie's face, white and shocked, loomed up on the other side of the tree. With the dim realization that what I was doing must sound unnervingly like cackling, I made a terrific effort and stopped. Panting, I stared at him for a moment. "Yes," I said, backing away, still heaving with gasps of unhinged laughter. "Yes, I am a witch! To you, I must be. I've never had smallpox, but I can walk through a room full of dying men and never catch it. I can nurse the sick and breathe their air and touch their bodies, and the sickness can't touch me. I can't catch cholera, either, or lockjaw, or the morbid sore throat. And you must think it's an enchantment, because you've never heard of vaccine, and there's no other way you can explain it." "The things I know—" I stopped backing away and stood still, breathing heavily, trying to control myself. "I know about Jonathan Randall because I was told about him. I know when he was born and when he'll die, I know about what he's done and what he'll do, I know about Sandringham because ... because Frank told me. He knew about Randall because he ... he ... oh, God!" I felt as though I might be sick, and closed my eyes to shut out the spinning stars overhead. "And Colum ... he thinks I'm a witch, because I know Hamish isn't his own son. I know ... he can't sire children. But he thought I knew who Hamish's father is ... I thought maybe it was you, but then I knew it couldn't be, and..." I was talking faster and faster, trying to keep the vertigo at bay with the sound of my own voice. "Everything I've ever told you about myself was true," I said, nodding madly as though to reassure myself. "Everything. I haven't any people, I haven't any history, because I haven't happened yet. "Do you know when I was born?" I asked, looking up. I knew my hair was wild and my eyes staring, and I didn't care. "On the twentieth of October, in the Year of Our Lord nineteen hundred and eighteen. Do you hear me?" I demanded, for he was blinking at me unmoving, as though paying no attention to a word I said. "I said nineteen eighteen! Nearly two hundred years from now! Do you hear?" I was shouting now, and he nodded slowly. "I hear," he said softly. "Yes, you hear!" I blazed. "And you think I'm raving mad. Don't you? Admit it! That's what you think. You have to think so, there isn't any other way you can explain me to yourself. You can't believe me, you can't dare to. Oh, Jamie..." I felt my face start to crumple. All this time spent hiding the truth, realizing that I could never tell anyone, and now I realized that I could tell Jamie, my beloved husband, the man I trusted beyond all others, and he wouldn't—he couldn't believe me either. "It was the rocks—the fairy hill. The standing stones. Merlin's stones. That's where I came through." I was gasping, half-sobbing, becoming less coherent by the second. "Once upon a time, but it's really two hundred years. It's always two hundred years, in the stories. ... But in the stories, the people always get back. I couldn't get back." I turned away, staggering, grasping for support. I sank down on a rock, shoulders slumped, and put my head in my hands. There was a long silence in the wood. It went on long enough for the small night birds to recover their courage and start their noises once again, calling to each other with a thin, high zeek! as they hawked for the last insects of the summer. I looked up at last, thinking that perhaps he had simply risen and left me, overcome by my revelations. He was still there, though, still sitting, hands braced on his knees, head bowed as though in thought. The hairs on his arms shone stiff as copper wires in the firelight, though, and I realized that they stood erect, like the bristles on a dog. He was afraid of me. "Jamie," I said, feeling my heart break with absolute loneliness. "Oh, Jamie." I sat down and curled myself into a ball, trying to roll myself around the core of my pain. Nothing mattered any longer, and I sobbed my heart out. His hands on my shoulders raised me, enough to see his face. Through the haze of tears, I saw the look he wore in battle, of struggle that had passed the point of strain and become calm certainty. "I believe you," he said firmly. "I dinna understand it a bit—not yet—but I believe you. Claire, I believe you! Listen to me! There's the truth between us, you and I, and whatever ye tell me, I shall believe it." He gave me a gentle shake. "It doesna matter what it is. You've told me. That's enough for now. Be still, mo duinne. Lay your head and rest. You'll tell me the rest of it later. And I'll believe you." I was still sobbing, unable to grasp what he was telling me. I struggled, trying to pull away, but he gathered me up and held me tightly against himself, pushing my head into the folds of his plaid, and repeating over and over again, "I believe you." At last, from sheer exhaustion, I grew calm enough to look up and say, "But you can't believe me." He smiled down at me. His mouth trembled slightly, but he smiled. "Ye'll no tell me what I canna do, Sassenach." He paused a moment. ... A long time later, he spoke. "All right. Tell me now." I told him. Told him everything, haltingly but coherently. I felt numb from exhaustion, but content, like a rabbit that has outrun a fox, and found temporary shelter under a log. It isn't sanctuary, but at least it is respite. And I told him about Frank. "Frank," he said softly. "Then he isna dead, after all." "He isn't born." I felt another small wave of hysteria break against my ribs, but managed to keep myself under control. "Neither am I." He stroked and patted me back into silence, making his small murmuring Gaelic sounds. "When I took ye from Randall at Fort William," he said suddenly, "you were trying to get back. Back to the stones. And ... Frank. That's why ye left the grove." "Yes." "And I beat you for it." His voice was soft with regret. "You couldn't know. I couldn't tell you." I was beginning to feel very drowsy indeed. "No, I dinna suppose ye could." He pulled the plaid closer around me, tucking it gently around my shoulders. "Do ye sleep now, mo duinne. No one shall harm ye; I'm here." I burrowed into the warm curve of his shoulder, letting my tired mind fall through the layers of oblivion. I forced myself to the surface long enough to ask, "Do you really believe me, Jamie?" He sighed, and smiled ruefully down at me. "Aye, I believe ye, Sassenach. But it would ha' been a good deal easier if you'd only been a witch."