Outlander by Diana GabaldonOutlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander

byDiana Gabaldon

Mass Market Paperback | October 9, 2001

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Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...

In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder 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's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning 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 passion so fierce and 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 #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels, as well as the related Lord John Grey books, one work of nonfiction, and the Outlander graphic novel The Exile. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Title:OutlanderFormat:Mass Market PaperbackPublished:October 9, 2001Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful, Timeless Tale This is my second time reading Gabaldon's breath-taking Outlander series and I'm already looking forward to the next re-read. This is a series that takes my breath away every time I pick up the books, flip through them, and devote myself to the stories they tell. Every time feels simultaneously familiar and brand-new.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Action & romance all in one I have not enjoyed a book this much in a long time. It has action, battles, great description of the times and the leading characers are great. Gabaldon really makes you come into their world and live right along side them.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! I started reading the books because I am a fan of the tv show and I don't regret it at all! It's very similar to the show but it does have some differences and reading it is just as enjoyable as watching it. Gabaldon is such a descriptive writer, its amazing.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! I started reading the books because I am a fan of the tv show and I don't regret it at all! It's very similar to the show but it does have some differences and reading it is just as enjoyable as watching it. Gabaldon is such a descriptive writer, its amazing.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it, but was hard to physically read Although I really enjoyed the book, the Mass Market paperback is difficult to read because the text is small and the pages are very thin with a lot of text included on each page.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece This book, the first one in the series, is absolutely amazing. It has everything required to make a good story: love, hate, passion, sadness, adventure, war, travel, historical details.... It truely is a masterpiece.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! I don't usually read this kind of book but I actually loved this story! It got me hooked that I actually bought the whole series! Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Series I read this series, and then - despite my TBR list being 12 feet high - re-read the entire series. Considering there are 8 1000+ page books, I think that recommendation speaks for itself.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really loved it! I wanted to read the book before watching the show, and I am so glad I did. The detail and storytelling is amazing. I have already ordered all the other books in the series. :)
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Recommend! When I mentioned to a coworker that I was interested in watching the Outlander TV series, they immediately responded with "read the books first". I'm happy that I took their advice. This book is lovely. The story is engrossing, the characters feel like old friends (or lovers), and the writing is superb. Definitely worth a read!
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Story I had been looking for a book/series that could sweep me up the same way that Harry Potter did and this is just that. I was totally engrossed in this series for a solid few months and have even made my way through the series for a second time since purchasing them all a year and a half ago. Love the books and love the tv adaptation as well. Seriously a good read.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I've read this book 5 times now and it never loses its magic. If you want a book to get submerged in many times over, this is the one for you. A great start to an incredible series!
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series A great series of love, war, magic and humanity
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chronic Reader I have ready this book and this series many times and I could easily pick it up and read it again it's that well written and captivating!
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Outlander has the perfect combination of adventure, romance, and heartbreak to make it truly fantastic to read.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fanstasic book I absolutely loved this book. I'm a huge fan of the show but had never read the books until now. I absolutely adore these characters and what Diana Gabaldon has brought to life. I like that the show stayed true to the books but also had their own spin on things. It was wonderful reading certain scenes played out in the book since you're able to portray thoughts and feelings so much better in books in my opinion. I would definitely recommend to anyone who is a fan of the show but hasn't read the books.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner What a ride! I've read this twice now and it just keeps getting better!
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read!! A great balance of romance, intrigue and fantasy wrapped up in factual historical settings. Excited to dive into the second book.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good If you like historical romance this book is 100% for you. Good quality writing, wonderful characters, and of course kilts.
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Outlander certainly did make me fall in love with Diana Gabaldon's work. It's a long read but I would 100% recommend it to anybody looking for a great series to get into.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely and utterly in love with this book. So, I'm a little late joining this Outlander train but I am so glad I jumped into this series. It has one of the most engaging story lines that I have read in a long time. Amazing plot line, fantastic characters mixed in with some fantasy and historical fiction. You can't beat that! Get ready for long nights of reading cause once you start you won't be able to put it down. I also love the fact that there is now a TV series based off the book. Binge the book and the show!
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I don't understand the hype Poorly written, flat characters, boring... The show is good fun, but this book is not worth a second glance.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read, interesting story Well written and a good story line. Do have to admit I read the whole series once, but not a series I will read a second time as I do no feel it worth a second read but well worth a first read. Much better than the show so recommend reading before viewing.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good I had to give it a try since there was a lot of hype and it was pretty enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Series! I originally bought Outlander as a 2/$15 deal and boy was that a bargain! It took me a few chapters to "get into" the first book as I normally don't go for sci-fi or time travel types but once I got into it, I was hooked. I have now read every book in the series and even the spinoffs from the series. I tried to watch the tv series but it does not live up to the books by any means. This was by far the best series of books I have ever read. If anyone asks me what to read this is always my first suggestion.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful series The beginning of an epic journey with Claire and Jamie.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG!! I loved it so much! I was nervous the story would become boring and drag on once I saw how long it was, however I was greatly mistaken. This was such an engaging story line that kept me entertained the entire time. I watched the show first and I would highly recommend reading the book to any lovers of the show who haven't had the opportunity to read its inspiration.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outlander is Outstanding! If you like romance, history, and the supernatural then this is the book for you! Diana Gabaldon weaves a tale that is at once moving and mysterious. I would definitely recommend this novel (and its counterparts) to those who loved Deborah Harkness' trilogy.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic The first and probably best book in the series
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes. Just yes. Everyone needs to read these... and prepare to never be the same again. Admittedly, I've slowed down as the series goes on, but these few couple of books? Yes.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am hooked I had originally been recommended this series but the size of each novel was intimidating. I decided a few months later to go for it and I am so glad I did! I'm hooked! I read a few chapters then watch the show on Netflix.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story! I bought this book to read over the summer. Absolutely amazing! Had a blast reading it and meeting the characters. Some parts dragged but overall a great story!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Historical Fiction/Romance Love the TV show and loved this book. It's defiantly more of a fun historical fiction. While it does have serious topics (and some I didn't agree with) it's still a fun & good read if you're into Historical Fiction/Romance or if you're a fan of the show I'd recommend this. Trigger warning for rape.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Amazingly written. Detailed in all the right places. I could picture every moment. Loved this! I bought the entire series because of this book!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Couldn't put this book down. Kept reading and reading until before long I finished!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliantly Breath-Taking I'm a sucker for fantasy and romance and this book, the first in it's series, is hands-down a winner in my eyes. The adventure and thrill kept my hands turning each page non-stop. This novel swept me into Scotland 1743 and made me reminisce about my own past trip to the Highlands and other historical places mentioned throughout the story. This, however, is an extremely heavy read, filled with rich (and sometimes complicated) vocabulary, mature subject matter, and some disturbing themes that may take readers by surprise. Beautifully written and enticingly captivating. Enjoy!
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Took me through time One of the first series read . At first it was long to get into it, but I really had to get going because of what I new that she was going to go through time and I was curious to get to that part and boom that is were it all started. I couldn't put the book down.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Yawn! This book was annoying in so many ways. The premise is good but then how many times does she get raped/about to get raped and needs James to save her. So bored and so over it.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Story If you like this book you will enjoy the series. Very similar!
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glued to this book! This book is amazing. Detailed in all the right places. I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good If you watch the tv series, the first season very closely follows the book. Excellent read, can't wait to read the next in the series.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from swooooon I honestly read this book AFTER I watched the tv series....but both were amazing! If only there were a Jamie out there for everyone! haha. Great read with plenty of Scottish history, romance and time travel....also....did I mention Jamie?
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not for me the writing is great but i had a lot of problems with this book
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outlander beyond amazing. Scary because it is so far out there you think it can't happen, but then again you never know. I was hooked from the first page. I loved it.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book The first in the this series of book, is amazing. It sets the tone and the delves into the characters. You will fall in love with the characters, the dialect (its Scottish) and the setting. Even though its close to 1000 pages, its a great read.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read! I have come back to this book over and over. It is the perfect blend of history, adventure and romance. Definitely a great choice!
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great intro into time travelling Great characters, great writing, an easy page turner despite its number of pages.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Obsession I picked up this book on a whim in an airport shop once and now I cannot get enough!! The world that is created within these pages is absolutely amazing and I cannot get enough
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book. This book is quite well written, has an engaging plot, is fairly historically accurate, and features characters that you cannot help but want to read more about. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes romance and history.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! A friend recommended this book to me, so I figured why not? I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. I couldn't put it down and proceeded to read all the books in the series. I loved the story as well as the characters. I can't wait for the next book to come out!
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Great story and cheap if you but the mass market paperback copy.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Series A really spectacular series with a great story line and amazing writing #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok ok story but nothing special
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Watch out, they are super addicting! It took my mom/friends 10 years of convincing me to read this book but I finally did it and 3 weeks later I'm halfway through the third book. If you are really into historical fiction, this is your book.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! A little slow to get going, but once, all the characters are introduced and the story gets going it's so addictive! I've read the whole series now and I miss not having more of the story to read
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jamie Fraser... That's all. Jamie Fraser is my new book boyfriend. After reading this book I was like "Mr. Darcy who."
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for me My friend recommended this, and it wasn't for me I was never big on romance anyways
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this Book! Outlander is another book that you have to be patient with and give the author time to set the scene. But once your in your in. This book took me away to another time and I couldn't put it down. The amount of research put into the time frame creates a phenomenal historical picture and Claire and Jamie are two characters you can't help but fall in love with. One of my favourite books.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Instant Favourite! I love this book so much. Its been on my to be read list for a while but i never picked it up. Once i did, i could not put it down!
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good story at parts i thought some could be eliminated however good story although I'm surprised it implied that Claire and frank cheated on each other during the war! good narrator
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good story at parts i thought some could be eliminated however good story although I'm surprised it implied that Claire and frank cheated on each other during the war! good narrator
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just wonderful This novel captivated me from the start. I adore the main characters. The plot keeps you engaged and wanting more. I've read this book more than once, and will likely read it again in the future.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2nd Time Over I read this novel years ago and have gone through it again because of the TV series...I love it more!!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so obsessed fell in love with this book from the very beginning. Some of the other books in the serious can become tedious and i tend to lose interest in them, but this one is something else. I literally could not put it down untill i finished it the first time i read it. Highly recommend for anyone
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I read it because of the show, and I do struggle a bit with it, but that's where the show helps. It's still a favourite!
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Scotland !!! This is a great first book, watched the first season of the show then picked up the books.. really enjoyed the characters and i'm excited to see where they go from here!!! w00t This series is also *adult* with graphic scenes....I would not recommend for the faint of heart and younger readers.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from never a dull moment in this book At first I thought, "what a thick book!" but then you start reading and you're unable to stop. Very nice story, fast-paced and well written. Never a dull moment in this book.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining I began reading the books before the show came out, and now am reading the books while watching the show. I find that hearing some of the Gaelic words on the show helps me to understand some of the words in the book which I otherwise couldn't pronounce. Love the characters. Especially Jamie!
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Greats! This is an absolutely fantastic story and series. Although it can be a difficult read, it certainly is worth it. Loved everything about this book.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of The Great Novels This is an absolutely fantastic story and series. Although it can be a difficult read, it certainly is worth it. Loved everything about this book.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! I am thrilled I read this book. It is truly amazing and exciting. I love the characters and it is well written. I am so excited to continue with the series. Give this book a try, you will not regret it!
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite I love everything about this book. The story, the characters, the detail and how well it is written. This is definitely one of my favourite books. I really enjoyed the historical part of it and how it was incorporated into the story. The relationship between Claire and Jamie is so complicated and beautiful, you can't help but fall in love and root for them.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible escape I like to read books that take me somewhere else. This one did that so well! It keeps your interest throughout, so it's easy to get lost in it. A beautiful and imperfect portrayal of the characters makes it nuanced and entertaining.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A story to get lost in My friend recommended me this book, as I was trying to find a series I could get lost in. I normally do not like fantasy/adventure books, with the exception of the "Game of Thrones" Series, but this book is a really fun read. The characters are well developed, and they are always twists and turns to keep you second guessing. Read this book if you want to get lost in another world, and have lots to read!
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Historical/Time Travel/Romance I just finished this first book in the series. I don't normally read these kinds of books but have had the series recommended by a few people. I enjoyed the story, even though it was a little slow in parts, and even as big as the first book is, I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series. I know this series will keep me busy for awhile. It is a time travel book but doesn't focus on the complexities of time travel, as this event seems like a fluke, but the main character does spend some time questioning things like if this person dies before the date I know they were suppose to die, what does that mean for my time 200 years from now? Or if she prevents someone from dying, who should have died, then what? I like that these subjects are touched upon but the story is very much focused in the here and now of what is currently happening.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my favourite book! love this book/series!!! love that it has a strong female lead character and Jamie is amazing too!!!
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I couldn't help it. I didn't WANT to love it. I don't usually read romance, let alone historical romance, or anything with time travel, but I fell in love with this story. Diana Gabaldon is an amazing writer, she pulled me in to this story and I couldn't help but love every moment. There is lots of action and adventure, some saucy love-making, some funny parts, and some tragedy, but WHAT A READ.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I've never swooned so much in my life. Really good read if you feel like being carried off by a Scottish Highlander from the 18th century.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! This book is a fun, entertaining and interesting historical fiction. I've moved onto book two and plan to continue reading the series!
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book, does drag a little Love the story line, characters but found some parts just dragged on too long.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cool really good story and believable!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :) My mom loves this series and reads every book over and over again!
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outlander: Review Miss Diana Gabaldon is swiftly becoming one of my favorite authors. She takes us back to a time when life was rough and strange things happen. The seamless blend of sci-fi and historical fantasy is sublime. also there is an Outlander TV series, can't wait!
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Great! Love this series. Great characters and a wonderful step back in time.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you haven't read this, where have you been? If you haven't read this yet- you really need to. Then read the next seven ASAP!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything and more This series was recommended to me ages ago and I can't believe I waited this long to read it. You completely fall in love with the story. It is pretty graphic though, so not recommended to those with fair sensibilities.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tumultuous love story I loved reading this book, filled with romance, adventure and so much more! It was a tumultuous story about love, that is to be sure. I was so engrossed in the story surrounding Claire and Jamie.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC! I've been reading this book and series everyday on my bus ride to school. It's such an interesting and easy read that keeps you hooked on every word. I can't seem to put it down.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Excellent! Couldn't put the book down, couldn't wait to get the second book!
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from loooonnnnngggg!! I don't get what all of the fuss is about... So long
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good. Good read. Love the series.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanting! Beautifully written, I was captivated right off the bat and couldn’t put it down. I ordered the remainder of the series as soon as I finished this book. A definite must-read for anyone that enjoys romance, adventure and the historical details that creates this amazing story!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The First book an an Amazing Series This book is a MUST. I've read it a dozen times. The best Historical Romance you will ever read. Love it, Love it, Love it!
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A point of Time Travel This book made time stop. Compelling writing and addictive plot. Diana has created such well rounded characters that you grow to love intensely. This book not only makes you fall head over heals for it's characters, but you find yourself on the edge of your seat with every event that unfolds. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from favourite series love the fact that i got into this series
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super fun read. If you are looking for a little bit of everything and have a few hours to dedicate, you won't want to put this rollicking historical, emotionally charged tale down...
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising I'm a bit late to the game, but i'm adoring the Outlander series so far. Diana Gabaldon writes with such detail that often i found myself lost in her words only to emerge later surprised i wasnt in the Scottish Highlands myself. And then of course there's Jamie. I could read about him doing absolutely anything and be thrilled.This book was not at all what i expected when friends recommended it to me years ago, so i was more than pleasantly surprised
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I absolutely loved this novel. It felt very original and you could tell that the author spent a lot of time and effort researching the era and all the little details that went along with it. It makes me feel like I'm actually there, in that time period, with those characters. The writing is beyond excellent, and the characters are fascinating. Such a good job!
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising I don't read romance novels. Never have. If a novel has romance in it, fine, but I'm not one to seek it out. I was very snobby about this series for many years and I only began it because a friend whom I respect very much adores it. I was pleasantly surprised at the way this novel portrays the emotional struggles of men. It is easy to relate to Claire. She's a modern, opinionated, intelligent heroine. Not perfect by any means, but worthy to carry the narrative. But it is Jamie's emotional journey that is of greater interest to me and, perhaps, to other readers. It is not often that one reads such a raw examination of male vulnerability. Truthfully, this novel made me feel much more sympathetic towards my husband, not because I felt compelled to transfer all things "Jamie" onto his own personality (and physique ;) but because it made look at what it means to be a man in love, a man in conflict with his desires to protect and cherish the woman he loves at all costs. So, by all means, go into this book with an open mind. The time-travel thing is really quite secondary and sometimes the romance is as well. As for the rest of the books...well, certain characters and plot points may test your patience. It's one of the most well-love series among readers so you may well fall so in love with Claire and Jamie that Ms. Gabaldon can do no wrong.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Diana Gabaldon Is The Queen Of Time-Travel Romance! Even the most firm believer in "There's no such thing as time travel" will have to admit that Gabaldon has spun a tale so realistic that her readers will feel like they're traveling through time themselves. What begins as a harrowing, hair-raising journey through a magical stone circle quickly becomes a passionate tale of love and loyalty, courage in the face of the enemy, and following one's heart, consequences be hanged. Five brilliant, heart-rending stars. I loved it!
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this novel, far more than I was expecting because I despise the show. 5/5 stars. I went into Outlander knowing very little. My only knowledge about this book was -1-from the TV series that I passionately hate -2-being aware of the massive fandom, and -3-that they spell some words as they sound with a Scottish accent, though the spelling is different than Irvine Welsh's way, which I'm incredibly used to. You would think that the show would have ruined the book for me and, oh, it nearly did. I wasn't going to read Outlander. But, two of my friends and I partook in a group read and THANK GOD that we did! Because reading this 800+ beast became fun. Honestly, I found myself not able to put this story down at many points. Book Jamie and Claire aren't annoying and childish, they're actually lovable and strong and all types of hilarious and magnificent. Murtaugh is my favourite. I love how this book unraveled, through events and back stories. The ending is even great. It's all great. Diana Gabaldon did a fantastic job.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE heard about this from my boss, read the first one and proceeded to buy the entire series! its perfect!
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding It was honestly a while since I was so caught up in a book. A real page turner. It was hard for me to even put it down. Loved it. You have to read it at least once in your life!
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome series The Outlander series is great. It's got a little bit of everything for everyone. Definitely not your typical romance book. If you don't even like romance books you'd probably still like this one. And I love romance books and still love this one.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The one that started it all... I was lent this book by a friend and I had a hard time putting it down. It was beautifully written and engaging from the very first page. I would recommend this book, but you better not have anything pressing to do until you've finished it, as you won't want to stop reading it.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outlander If I could give Outlander more than 5 stars I would. I have recommend this book and series over and over again with everyone loving it. The series is a bit long and either the writing is starting to slip or we've lost a bit of interest in the story, but the first couple were AMAZING and the following books were still a solid 4. This is probably one of the only recent books I have read more than once. Also, thanks to Ms. Gabaldon for the kilt fetish I have developed.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highland love I first happened across this book about five years ago when I was in a little bookshop in the little town that my grandmother lives in. I was desperate to find a book that would entertain me during this visit when I spotted "Outlander". At first I didn't have the highest expectations, I was a bit hesitant -- I ended up reading this book in two days and was desperate to find out what happened next. There are parts of the book that I was not particularly fond of (but, isn't that the case for most books?), and there were others that I absolutely loved. I will admit that this book made me swoon over a ginger Highlander! Gabaldon's writing style flows nicely, so you don't have to worry about constantly pausing to re-read passages (unless you really enjoyed a particular section, you may wish to read it again). She makes Scottish history come alive, and as someone who enjoys history, I thought she did a good job with making it interesting enough that even someone who may not particularly be fond of historical fiction would enjoy (thanks to the romance she has weaved throughout the story). I give this book a 4.5 / 5. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good fun This book is a great one to take on vacation. It's a fun read with an interesting plot and enjoyable characters. It's complex enough to hold your interest without getting too bogged down.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It!! This has to be one of the best novels I have read. The story of Jamie and all he has gone through is unbelievable. I would recommend this to everyone!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fell in love What a beautiful novel and series.. Once you read this, your going to be hooked on the rest. You will fall in love and be dreaming of the characters and Scotland forever. Could re-read without ever being sick of the story lines.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this Did you just see the cover of this book! Seriously, when people say "never judge a book by its cover", well, for outlander, the story is as beautiful as its cover! A must! <3
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful story, brought to life by Gabaldon's literary prowess I was recommended this book years ago by a coworker and it's continued to be one of my favourite historical fiction series. Although the beginning is a bit slow, it's important to the overall story, which, when it gets going, can be intense. Gabaldon's writing makes you feel like you're Claire, as if you're right there with her, seeing and feeling the things she's describing, in 18th century Scotland.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great in parts, "too much" in others This book is a very interesting mix to me, and makes it difficult to rate. It can be a compelling read in parts. The time travel is great, as is reading about Claire's beginning friendship with Jamie, and Claire's many narrow escapes. During these parts, the book was so riveting I could not put it down. The bad? The Harlequin-ish romantic scenes that would go on and on for pages at a time. Just too much. During those I would leave the book for days, sometimes a week at a time. This book seems like it isn't quite sure what it wants to be - fantasy, historical fiction, romance, etc. In later books the writing is a little 'tighter', this one you can definitely tell is her first book. Despite this, I would still recommend the book, especially if you like the TV series and if you want to continue to read the series.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always a great read! I've read this book more times than I care to admit but it just keeps getting better and better. One of my all time favourites.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT !!!!!!!! This is one book/series you will be blown away with. Yes, its a thick book but its about a journey that is breathtaking, very well written and you fall in love with the characters. Don't watch the series till you read the books
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this! This was a really good book, however the only thing I did not enjoy about it was the length of it. I felt that it was too long and hard to get into at times. Overall, I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing storytelling! This is my favourite novel of all time.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it The beginning of a terrific series. I loved it.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be prepared to love this book This book is well written. It makes you feel like you are part of the story. It is a thick book which can be a little intimidating if you are not familiar with this genre, but the story flows so easily it is hard to put down. As always, the book is better than the television show, so if you have watched it on tv, definitely read the book!
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love More than anything Outlander is about love without being a sappy romance. Claire loves her husband but after she is transported through the stones, she finds loves 200 years earlier with another man. I have recommended this book over and over again, given it as gifts and reread the first in the series so many times I needed a new copy. Lots of action and adventure as well
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite series I first read this book around 20 years ago. I've made a point of rereading the whole series whenever there's a new book and sometimes in between. No small undertaking :) The different characters were just as thoroughly loved and hated with layers to the story I've discovered in each read. Romance, Adventure, History! A true epic.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved I found this book very hard to put down. Great love story from start to finish #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from looking for my circle of stones Diana Gabaldon has raised the bar for all other authors of historical fiction.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic One of my favorite books of all time. I was hesitant to read it at first, thinking it was a glorified Harlequin romance. I was so wrong! Diana has created a well researched, historically accurate, spellbinding love story. It makes you feel as though YOU have stepped through the stones into the 1700's, and I fell in love right along with Claire.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this! Took a while to get into the story, but once it did it was incredible. I finished 7 of the books in 4 months - could not put them down! She is an excellent writer.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh Lord!! This book was...AMAZING!! I could not put it down. There's a magic that keeps you stuck to the pages. I finished this book in two days. I was glued to it. It is so amazing. I am currently on the second booka nd plan to read them all!!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the love story I found this book very hard to put down. Great love story from start to finish #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not worth the hype Save yourself some time and watch the TV show instead. This book had moments of beauty, but overall it was a hot mess and very poorly written.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tilted Kilts Picked this up after a few recomendations. It's pretty hefty and I wasn't completely sold on the whole 'travels back through time' thing. I also did not think I would like historical fiction, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's intriguing, theres twists and turns. I'm now a fan of men in kilts? Claire was a really strong character for me in the beginning, but that opinion began to wane towards the end for me. The show was great, but I always think that the book is better. I'm definitely going to pick up the second book. And if nothing else, I'll finish watching the show.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Picked it up after watching the first season of the show; book so much better!
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I really enjoyed reading Outlander. The characters and story are interesting and very likeable. I just couldn't put thus book down. I ended up reading all the books in the series in a matter of months and have already watched the show!
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Read this book a while ago. Great writing. Very hard to put down.
Date published: 2016-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from To think it started as a practice book! One of my favourite books of all time. Can't even put into words how much I loved this book (love the entire series).Thank you, Diana Gabladon, for the gift of Outlander. You have ruined all other authors for me.
Date published: 2016-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING READ!!! Loved it!!
Date published: 2015-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OUTSTANDING, My favourite book of all time! Time travel...love...suspense...this book has it all. The characters are so believable and engaging. I have read this volume multiple times.
Date published: 2015-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend Love this book. Well written with romance, suspense, action, and comedy. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. Enjoyable for both women and men.
Date published: 2015-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it A well constructed story, full of landscape descriptions and a delicate touch of history. Kept m reading until the last page.
Date published: 2015-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outlander I could not put it down. Beautifully written, romance interspersed with history - colorfully descriptive! Excited about the other stories in the series. Thank you for this beautiful tale - well done!
Date published: 2015-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding I read Outlander years ago and my interest was renewed with the TV series. It was a great read - again - after so many year and many times hard to put down. I don't usually read a longish novel like this so quickly but it was no problem with Outlander. Great storyline, wonderful characters and horrific ones as well. I gave this 4.5 stars because the story is so captivating I couldn't put it down - no dull spots. I am now into Dragonfly.
Date published: 2015-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outlander Loved the entire story. Could not put it down. Jamie is the ideal of a perfect man and husband. Best book I have read in 20 years.
Date published: 2015-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This should be a Classic!! I didn't discover Diana Gabaldon until one year ago, when friends were raving about the release of the 8th book in her Outlander series (Written in my Own Heart's Blood). With so many women loving the stories, I decided it to give it a try. I have never been a fan of historical romantic fiction, but this book swept me off my feet! Her writing style and character development are second to none! I have since gone on to read all the books in her series as well as the Lord John series. Then, I bought Outlander for my mom and mother in law to try and am almost done re-reading it. It is a beautiful escape. I highly recommend it to everyone!
Date published: 2015-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh em gee This book was incredible. The writing is simple enough that anyone can read it but smart enough that I had to look up a couple words. The story is compelling and very sexy. A must read for any woman who likes good stories.
Date published: 2015-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from outlander Most amazing story writer She is incredible Have read this book twice Nwver gets old Incredible storyline Wasnt sure If I wanted jamie for father.or lover Lol
Date published: 2015-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I recently asked a friend what she'd read on her vacation and she said an outlander book. I looked at the preview for the first book and thought I might enjoy it. It started off a little slow but within a few chapters I was hooked. At no time did I put it aside and say "really" at no point did I believe this was impossible. The historical facts seemed accurate, and the book kept me riveted. I could hardly put it down. I am reading the second one now. It's a really good read, I'd recommend it to anyone who has an interest in historical adventure and romance books.
Date published: 2015-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great story This series starts out great. First book is fantastic, second is good, third not bad but by the time the fourth book comes out it just turns into a long romance novel.
Date published: 2015-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely LOVED it !!!! I can't believe I am just discovering this series now ! I am addicted and just love the Jamie and Claire characters ! I'm gonna be sad when I get to the end of the series but I can honestly say it won't be only once I'll be ready them ;-)
Date published: 2015-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite book of all time! I absolutely loved this book! I couldn't put it down & also couldn't get the next one fast enough. I love the whole series!!!
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book A very well written, exciting and interesting book! A must read. Although it takes a little getting used to the language.
Date published: 2014-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AN EPIC HISTORICAL TIME TRAVELING ROMANTIC SAGA Historical features such as medicines, handling the simplest daily functions regarding personal hygiene, attitudes and superstitions, clothing, so many features and a great story draw readers right into the pages to feel they are actually feeling what each person does and for me, Jamie and Claire are as real as my next door neighbor. It makes me want to rip through the fabric of time and be there just as Claire did.
Date published: 2014-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this story has so much to give This is an imaginative and unforgettable and imaginative novel brought to life through Gabaldon’s phenomenal storytelling. The tone of the writing changed throughout to highlight the action or events of the current section of the book. Gabaldon’s eloquent and very vivid descriptions paint this world in stark clarity before your eyes. I couldn’t help but picture it all. This novel is fantastically well written. Gabaldon engaged my heart and my mind throughout. Gabaldon creates some charmingly realistic characters that pull you back in time. Getting to know the well-developed cast was a real treat. The main characters were simply unforgettable. Gabaldon develops them individually and together in a gradual yet in depth manner, allowing you to get to know them as well as your best friends. Being immersed in their lives, in situations so far from my own yet so realistic, was a fantastic escape from reality. The enchanting narrator brings this story to life. She kept me entranced throughout. The variety of different character accents made everyone not only stand out but also come to life in a very vivid and realistic manner. I will admit, that I was quite worried about listening to the audio version considering the length of the story, but this narrator definitely held me captive. This novel is the perfect match of author creativity & a narrator that can do it justice. I was captivated for the full 32hrs of play time. This is a brilliant story that I’d recommend to absolutely everyone. I will definitely be re-reading it many times over, both in print & audio format, and reading much more by this author.
Date published: 2014-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! I never would have chosen this book on my own, but I am sure glad it was chosen for me! I have already purchased the rest of the series!! Can't wait to see what happens!!
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outlander Amazing story! I love it! Just started and cannot put it down! We watched the TV series, and have to say the casting is spot on! The voice of Claire is clear and even though I know the story it is wonderful to fill in the details?
Date published: 2014-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outlander Love, love, love this & it's only just beginning!
Date published: 2014-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it What can I say that hasn't been said time and again about this wonderful book and series...I watched the TV series first then HAD to read the book ! Then I watched the first season again. .love how they matched the characters so well on the series as described in the book! The series is almost word for word so hopefully the remaining episodes for season 1 will remain true the same ...If so I can't wait for April 2015 to see the second half of Outlander come alive !!!
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outlander Rereading Outlander confirmed to me once again that it is my most favourite book of all time!
Date published: 2014-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outlander Excellent book, it covers everything iam ready for part two
Date published: 2014-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh Jamie ... For moons people have recommended this book to me, all the while sighing "oh Jamie...". I was hesitant to get into another series of 1000+ page books, and wasn't sure about the whole time-travel/historical fiction/romance novel concept. I'm so glad I finally listened and read this amazing novel! The beginning was a bit dull and hard to get into, but once Claire travelled through time, and we met our hero Jamie, I couldn't wait to find pockets of time read a page or 10 to see where things would go. By the time I got to the last 25% of the book, I literally could not put it down. "Oh Jamie" is right. He is the original Edward Cullen, and a superior, and epic hero for the ages. Claire is a strong leading lady, with progressive attitudes for the 1920s, nevermind her time-travelled 1700s. With characters like these, I'm looking forward to the balance of the series. Cannot recommend this book enough!
Date published: 2013-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic historical/time travel romance! Now I know what all the fuss is about! In the beginning of the story, Claire has been reunited with her husband, Frank, in Scotland. For much of their eight-year marriage, they have been separated due to World War II. Claire, a WWII nurse, is picking flowers at a place called Craigh na Dun, where the stones have been arranged in a circle atop a hill. As she leans down, she hears a buzzing noise coming from between two of the rocks. Claire has somehow come upon a portal and travels two centuries back in time. At first, Claire has no idea what has happened and believes she has stumbled onto a movie set. Naturally, she is dumb-founded when she finally realizes what has happened. Her nursing skills come in handy, as she is more educated about modern medicines and treatment than even the doctors in that age! Claire treats a young man named James “Jamie” Fraser, who is an injured warrior. She rides with him back to Castle Leoch, which is owned by the Mackenzie Clan. They are very suspicious of her and think that she is a spy. Her knowledge of medicine is her saving grace, and she stays on at the Castle to treat the locals. She takes over the room occupied by the previous doctor and sorts through his cache of remedies. She discards much of the useless folk remedies but finds some herbal medicines to be of value. All the while, she can only think about how to get back to Craigh na Dun so that she can return to Frank. One of the head of the Mackenzie Clan, Dougall, takes Claire to Captain John Randall (who, coincidentally, is an ancestor of husband, Frank!) so that she can be questioned. It does not go so well, and Claire is ordered to be brought back for further interrogation. The only way to avoid the clutches of Captain Randall again is for Claire to be wedded to a Scotsman. The lucky lady is wed to hunky Jamie Fraser. She eventually develops true feelings for Jamie (who wouldn’t?), and she is torn between staying with Jamie in the 18th century or trying to return to Frank in the 20th century. Her education and skills can be put to good use in this new life of hers, and she feels needed and that she can do a lot of good here. We should all be so adaptable! Claire actually finds that she enjoys this simpler lifestyle and that her work is rewarding. And with yummy Jamie to keep her bed warm, what more could a woman want? With all the hype about Jamie, I had expected the scenes to be hotter. They are a little tamer than what I am used to from the likes of J.R. Ward and Christine Feehan, but Gabaldon’s scenes are more romantic: Jamie to Claire: "Does it ever stop? The wanting you?" "Even when I've just left ye. I want you so much my chest feels tight and my fingers ache with wanting to touch ye again." Jamie to Claire: "And I mean to hear ye groan like that again. And to moan and sob, even though you dinna wish to, for ye canna help it. I mean to make you sigh as though your heart would break, and scream with the wanting, and at last to cry out in my arms, and I shall know that I've served ye well." Jamie to Claire: "Oh, aye, Sassenach. I am your master . . . and you're mine. Seems I canna possess your soul without losing my own." Jamie to Claire: “Ye are blood of my blood and bone of my bone I give you my body that we two might be one I give you my spirit till your life shall be done.” Ahhhhhhhhh, Jamie! What woman wouldn’t want to stay with him? He is quite possibly the most romantic hero that I've ever read! What I loved most about Claire is that she did remain torn between her two lives right up until the end. She clearly is in love with two men, and it eats away at her even though she falls quickly and madly for Jamie. I loved Gabaldon’s scene of Claire’s confession at The Abbey. It was heart‑wrenching to watch Claire grapple with her emotions as she ponders the moral aspects of her dilemma and also for Jamie to come to terms with what has happened to him. It did bother me a bit that Claire could so quickly appear to move on with her life so, for me, this was a much-needed time of reflection. I thought that Gabaldon ended this segment of the tale on the right note! At this point in my life with young children, I would never be able to find the time to sit down and read this lengthy tome. It is for this reason that I am so thrilled that audiobooks exist! At nearly 33 hours, I was a little reluctant to start this audiobook because I worried that it would not hold my interest for the duration. Boy, was I wrong! Narrator Davina Porter is truly remarkable! Her voice is so rich with emotion. I loved her Scottish brogue, and she is quite convincing in her portrayal of Jamie and the other Scots. Even if you have read Outlander, I recommend listening to the audiobook. You will be captivated by Porter’s performance! I was hooked from beginning to end, and I can’t wait to dive into the next in the series, Dragonfly in Amber.
Date published: 2012-03-08

Read from the Book

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."

Editorial Reviews

"Absorbing and heartwarming...lavishly evokes the land and lore of Scotland." Publishers Weekly"Stunning!" Los Angeles Daily News"It is a large canvas that Gabaldon paints, filled with strong passions and derring-do. Strong willed and sensual, Claire is an engaging modern heroine plopped down in a simpler, more primitive time.... Great fun...marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex...perfect escape reading!" San Francisco Chronicle