Friday, October 21, 2011

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Honeymooning in the Scottish highlands in 1945 with her beloved historian husband, Frank, nurse Claire Randall is foraging for plants in the stone circle on Craigh na Dun when she hears the stones scream.  Hurled through the stone and back in time, Claire finds herself wandering in the remote Scottish country on the eve of the Jacobite rising, two hundred years earlier.  Rather abruptly kidnapped by a group of Highland raiders, who are themselves hiding from an English patrol, to dress young Highlander warrior Jamie Fraser's wounds, Claire finds herself inextricably tied to the MacKenzie clan - and Jamie. Unable to return to the stone circle despite all her best efforts, Claire must decide if she can face the future from the past.  A love story with astounding historical scope, Outlander is one of my absolute all-time favorite books.  Jamie will ruin all other fictional men for you (sorry, Mr. Darcy), and Claire's practicality, passion, and fierce devotion to those she loves will have you frantically turning the pages not just through this one, but through six more fabulously fat novels that take Claire and Jamie forward from the Rising to the American Revolution. The 20th anniversary of its original publication, don't let another year go by without adding Outlander to your must-read list!