by Diana Gabaldon

August 2005 Reissue
ISBN: 0-440-24294-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Dell Publishing
Mass Market Paperback

The year is 1945.

Claire Randall and her husband, Frank, are finally back together after being separated by the war. They were still honeymooners when the war broke-out, now seven years later and back together, they are starting to get to know each other all over again. A vacation in Inverness, Scotland seemed like the perfect place to renew their love and souls. Frank with his scholarly intellectuality and Claire with her nursing background, make for an unusual couple, but they get along smartly. While Frank is off tracing his ancestral roots, Claire will spend her private time learning about plants and herbs.

An elderly gentleman takes Claire to some old stone runes that few visitors know about. Strange goings-on have drawn Claire and Frank back to see the runes for themselves. When they spy a ritual being performed by the local women of the village, they are intrigued, almost mesmerized. It is when Claire returns to the old stone runes alone to pick a flowering plant she could not identify that her life changes in the blink of an eye. In one touch upon the cool stones, the hands of time spin backward – the past is the future - future is the past. Another man’s clandestine history will be the revealed... Read on and become cridhe nan gaisgeach.

Outlander is a word-weaving marvel. Ms. Gabaldon has a wondrous way of finessing a story. She nurtures it into a flight of fancy, creating believable times, people and places. Ms. Gabaldon transposes an unspoiled world for readers to frolic in - making us forget moments of our own time, falling into the realm of the characters. The descriptions are so vivid they will make you weep in reverence or laugh with glee. The character’s snappy repartee and wordplay keep the dialogues moving in perpetual motion. It is this type of writing that holds and retains the reader’s attentions.

Ms. Gabaldon’s novel brings to life the majestic era when Scottish clansmen relied on their cunning minds, raw brawn and their honor. This is a monumental novel that readers will not soon forget! This reader stands and bows to your talents, Ms. Gabaldon - not many have forged the path you have taken. Bravo!

It is through Claire’s eye, that this tale unfolds, her narrative is clear and reverberating! This story tells of Claire’s spiritual growth – the lives she touches and the hearts she will hold. She is a woman with deep-seeded honor and fortitude. Claire may be a Sassenach, but a warrior’s heart dwells within. The men from her past and future have a common thread that will bind her to them, tightly and passionately, within their forlorn embraces. The excitement of Claire’s journey will open up a profusion of emotions – carrying the readers forth into the uncharted path of magical love...

Please, do not let the magnitude of this novel deter you from finding it’s way to you. It will warm the soul and lighten your spirit. It is a triumphant testament to historical fiction and will always hold a special place in this reviewer’s heart! Procure your copy today of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

Reviewed in September 2005 by Janalee.

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