Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (final thoughts)
The year is 1945 and Claire and Frank Randall are enjoying some downtime in Inverness, a small town in Scotland, now that the war is over. While the idyllic setting is perfect for the couple to rekindle their love, it’s also a source of information on one of Frank’s ancestors.
One day Claire takes an innocent stroll through a Stonehenge-like circle of rocks, and while leaning on one is hit by a force of sound that makes her head spin. When she regains her bearings, she’s still at the rocks, but now it’s 1743. Before she knows it she is face to face with none other than Frank’s ancestor, who turns out to be Not A Nice Person. But never fear, Claire is rescued by band of Scots, including the one and only Jamie Fraser.
And so begins the epic tale of Claire and Jamie.
It seems to me that everyone loves this book, and that everyone loves Jamie. While I enjoyed both very much, neither gave me that ‘Oh my, must have more and more!’ feeling that people associate with this series.
What I liked about Outlander? I liked watching Claire navigate 1743 and try to find her place in it. I liked reading about what life was like back then, about the folk lore that people believed in and how easily mob riots could be stirred up. I did get caught up in all the action and fighting and daring escapes that went on. And yes, watching Claire and Jamie’s relationship progress from doctor/patient to something much, much more was very fun.
What I didn’t like? The many instances that had me saying “Really, they’re going at it again?” So, pretty much the whole middle of the book. I guess Romances aren’t for me. I’ll admit that the length also got to me, especially during the middle and I found myself needing to put it down for days at a time so I could read something else. Which is totally out of character for me, I’m very much a one-book-at-time kind of gal.
All that being said, I did enjoy the first and last thirds of the book immensely. I do want to continue on with the series at some point, but book number two is going to have to wait a while. Needless to say, I won’t be finishing the Outlander Challenge by November this year ;)
My rating: 7.75/10