This historical romance novel is set in Scotland in the year 1743. I like that it is 627 pages because I enjoy longer novels and series since the stories go more in depth and we could see the characters grow and develop.
This book was recommended to me by a friend because I mentioned that I liked historical novels, books that take the character back in time to another era. My friend loved the Outlander series and thought I would enjoy it too. So far, I just read this first book in the series and will continue to read the other books.
Synopsis of Outlander
I enjoyed the many characters in the book. The main characters are Claire and her new husband, Jamie Fraser.
Claire Beauchamp Randall is catapulted back in time to over two hundred years prior to the current year of 1945 in the Highlands Region in Scotland. She was on holiday with her husband when she disappeared. With Claire being a former combat nurse, one of her first duties in her new surrounding in the year 1743 is to care for the wounded. She soon discovers that they don’t have the simple medical knowledge that her century knows, such as to wash your hands before caring for someone and they didn’t have any vaccinations back then either.
I like how the author points out the typical characteristics of a historical romance novel. She has the character saying that of course, it would be two hundred years because people always goes back that long. Also, the character mentions that it is always a woman that goes back in time, never a man. Yes, it is a typical historical novel.
My Favorite Scene
My favorite scene in Outlander was when Claire was in the pit with Geilie Duncan. They were both captured and thrown in a pit, so they had time to talk. Talking about different rumors that they believed,and then found out by conversing that they were completely true.
Later in the chapter, I was stunned after reading this paragraph.
“For I hadn’t stood frozen at the revelation of Geilie’s pregnancy. It was something else I had seen that chilled me to the marrow of my bones. As Geilie had spun, white arms stretched aloft, I saw what she had seen when my own clothes were stripped away. A mark on one arm like the one I bore. Here, in this time, the mark of sorcery, the mark of a magus. The small, homely scar of a smallpox vaccination.” (p. 400)
After reading the last sentence, I was startled and excited. I thought Claire finally has someone to talk and relate to. They can get together and compare their experiences. That never happened. I guess the significance of it was that Claire wasn’t the only one that was out of her time.
I loved Outlanderand will read the rest of the books in this series. I want to see if Claire will meet anyone else that was catapulted back in time. There is also now a Starz original series which I would like to watch all the seasons after I am done with the other books in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical romance.