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Friday, August 28, 2015

Fiction Friday - "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon

Fiction is a large part of what I read. Therefore, I thought that Fiction Friday was a good fit for me to be posting. Plus, I'm a huge fan of alliteration - have you seen the titles of my posts from this week?! for this first installment of Fiction Friday, I have the pleasure of reviewing Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

Gabaldon, Diana. 1992.
General information
Paperback: 850 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Dell
Series: Yes - book 1 of  8 (soon to be 9) of the Outlander series

What it's about
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient 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 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 love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire - and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Why I loved it
A friend of mine recommended this book, as it is 100% her favorite series of all time (and you should totally check out her review of Outlander here). So I thought I would give it a try. For me, it wasn't on level with my love of Harry Potter (nothing will be on that level), but it was a really great read. I thought the author did an amazing job sticking with the time period and the interactions between all the characters. Gabaldon is incredible with taking a character from 1945 and shoving her into 1743 - taking the characters personality and experiences and translating that to a previous time. I found myself laughing at the interactions between characters, gasping at plot twists and my heart swooned between Claire and Jamie and the love they have for each other. Although I have a ton of other books to read, and I will unfortunately putting the series on hold for a little - I cannot wait to continue to read this series and figure out what happens with these characters. Will Claire ever make it back to 1945?! Because I need to know!

Why you should read it
If you like historical fiction, then you are going to like this book. It did take a couple of chapters (and by couple I mean 3) for me to get into it, so don't be discouraged if at first you aren't a fan of this book. The stage does need to be set so we understand where Claire is. But seriously - give this book a chance. It is not only historical fiction but a great love story! Please keep in mind that although this is classified as romance, it is mostly historical fiction - the way the characters act is a reflection of the time period. 

My rating
3/5 stars - yes I really loved this book, but there were points that I found it a little difficult to motivate myself to read the book, but that has something to do with the historical fiction side of things. It was still a great read and I'm excited to continue the series!

Did you read this book? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
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