Title: Outlander (Outlander #1)
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Hardcover edition, 627 pages
Published: June 1, 1991 by Delacorte Press
Setting: Scotland 1743
Literary Awards: RITA Award by Romance Writers of America for Best Romance (1992), Puddly Award for Romance (2001), BBC Big Read for Best Loved Novel (2003)
In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone 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's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning 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 passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
I read this series when it was first published and decided to re-read it since the television series was beginning. I am glad I did. There were things I didn't remember and things I did remember and loved reading again. I read a comment that there was too much graphic sex and I did notice that. I usually object to that kind of thing. As I was reading along, I decided that I didn't want to watch the TV series with my family - that would be embarrassing. They actually included more than was written in the first episode. All that considered, I did really enjoy reading this book again and I am going to continue with the series because my perspective is different than when I originally read it and I don't need to wait for the next volume to be written!
Considering time travel historical romance is one of my favorite genres, I had to give this novel 5 stars - A Symphony: This book is excellent. I didn't want it to end. I had originally purchased the book in 1991, eventually donated it to my local library, and borrowed it again to read it this time. You can borrow it from your library or purchase the Kindle edition from Amazon here, the paperback edition from Barnes & Noble here, and the paperback edition from Books-a-Million here.