WW2 is just ending and war nurse Clair Randal and her husband Frank, who was also away during the war, are traveling to Scotland. They have spent so much time apart since they married so shortly before the war broke out, they are using this time as a sort of second honeymoon and to learn who they are as a couple again.
Frank has other reasons to be in Scotland as well. He has a new passion for genealogy (his own) and as a history professor, he is researching the life his great great grandfather, Captain Jack Randal, spent in the Highlands of this beautiful country.
Clair isn’t just sitting back idle though, she has a new love for discovering the medicinal uses of herbs and plants, and is enjoying following her husband around and finding new plants to learn about.
So far their second honeymoon is going just a wonderfully as they could have expected. They are getting close again and enjoying each other’s company.
After just a few days in the Highlands, a trip to the standing stones will change everything forever. Clair Randal goes alone to pick a rare plant she saw earlier that morning when she and Frank spied on a Pagan ritual, when she finds herself drawn to one of the larger stones and suddenly she isn’t in 1940 any more.
Clair, at first thinking she is in some sort of war re-enactment, comes to realize that she isn’t crazy, she is in fact 200 years in the past, and completely lost!
With the first half of the Outlander series on Starz just ending, I thought it was a good time to write a review of the first book in this outstanding series by Diana Gabaldon. Although this story has the element of time travel, it is a wonderfully researched historical fiction novel, with some of the best romance I have read in a long time.
Clair Randal, is a strong and stubborn character that I enjoyed very much. She takes on this new world head first, and never gives up on what she thinks she needs to do. Jamie Fraser’s character is pure and brave, and has a story line that will break your heart and make you fall in love with him over and over.
The unique cast of characters Diana Gabaldon created in Outlander, will have you laughing, crying and shocked all at once.
One encounter that Clair makes will rock her to her very core, and will change not only her future but her past as well. This is a meeting you will see coming, but not to the extent that it will rock the story in Outlander.
Some aspects of this story are hard to read and will have you unnerved. You have to remember the time period that this story is set in, and how different things were. Diana Gabaldon did an amazing job on her research, and she is an amazing storyteller.
This is just one book of many in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, and the ending gives nothing away for book two.
Just a warning, this is a very long book to read, so it will be a perfect book to curl up with this coming winter.