When the heck did October happen? This weekend is Thanksgiving (for those north of the North American border) and before you know it, it'll be Christmas. Yup, this year has flow by...but I digress.
This time around I'm bringing you a book review...hence the aptly named title of this post...
As some of you know I have a paranormal book club over at my site; "Bump in the Night Book Club" focuses on the paranormal genre. And last month's selection was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. This book is hard to put into just one genre, and rightfully so. There's romance, time travel, historic settings and some suspense thrown in there too.
When I was thinking about September's selection I didn't want to do another 'romance'. I heard a few friends talk about this Outlander book, but paid it no mind. But when the lady at the book store said she read the series every year, was on her third set of books and said that I would want to meet Jamie, I thought what the heck.
She was right.
I loved this book. Its pretty meaty at 850 pages, but worth every letter of it.
Here's what the little blurby on the back says...
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 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 is catapulted into 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.
Holy Smokes. I'm fanning myself just reading that.
I loved everything about this book. I don't have a bad thing to say about it, and recommend everyone read it. There's a reason it's still in production 20 years later. It's just super awesome.
Claire is a confident nurse who is trying to find her self again after the war has ended. Trying to find out what her and her husband Frank still have, and what's changed. After all, 6 years apart during a war can change a person. When she goes back in time, she thinks she's wandered onto a movie set. It takes her a while to believe she's gone 200 years in the past. But her skills as a nurse prove to help her in this strange new world. She's stubborn as hell, and the men around have never met a woman quite like her. This I like a lot. She's no damsel in distress, which usually gets her in more trouble than if she'd just kept her mouth shut.
James Fraser (Jamie) is a mystery from the get go. He has so many last names, and family connections you need a flow chart to keep it all straight. Claire views him as a very young man, but he's 23 and only 5 years younger than she. Maybe because he looks so young and she's used to seeing mass war age young men quickly. He's equally stubborn and feisty as Claire and get himself into just as much trouble. And by the end all you want to do is give him a great big hug and tell him everything will be all right.
The landscapes where eloquently written and now I really really want to go to Scotland.
I love that Diana wrote this book just to see if she could. And you bet your sweet bippy she can. It did take me a bit to catch onto the Scottish brogue, but that only adds to the colour of the book.
So, in a nutshell, because I really could go on and on, if you haven't read this tasty tale, please do. I've picked up the next in the series, Dragonfly in Amber, and can't wait to see what happens next to Claire and Jamie.