#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES
Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon’s work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.
One of the top ten best-loved novels in America, as seen on PBS’s The Great American Read!
Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British 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 clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.
This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content:
• An excerpt from Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber, the second novel in the Outlander series
• An interview with Diana Gabaldon
• An Outlander reader’s guide
Praise for Outlander
“Marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex . . . perfect escape reading.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“History comes deliciously alive on the page.”—New York Daily News
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Diana Gabaldon’s runaway bestseller is the first book in an epic adventure romance series that spans centuries. While on vacation in Scotland in 1945, spirited former British Army nurse Claire Randall stumbles upon a stitch in time that leaves her stranded in the 18th century—among powerful highland clan leaders and merciless British Dragoons. Delving deeply into Scotland’s rich cultural history with colorful accounts of bygone martial arts, herbal medicines and local folklore, Gabaldon brings a startling realism to Claire’s action-packed journey. With raw emotion, tender humanity, humor, and fascinating historical detail, Outlander—now a TV series—explores perennial themes of love, honor, and loyalty.
Absorbing and heartwarming, this first novel lavishly evokes the land and lore of Scotland, quickening both with realistic characters and a feisty, likable heroine. English nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall and husband Frank take a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands in 1945. When Claire walks through a cleft stone in an ancient henge, she's somehow transported to 1743. She encounters Frank's evil ancestor, British captain Jonathan ``Black Jack'' Randall, and is adopted by another clan. Claire nurses young soldier James Fraser, a gallant, merry redhead, and the two begin a romance, seeing each other through many perilous, swashbuckling adventures involving Black Jack. Scenes of the Highlanders' daily life blend poignant emotions with Scottish wit and humor. Eventually Sassenach (outlander) Claire finds a chance to return to 1945, and must choose between distant memories of Frnak and her happy, uncomplicated existence with Jamie. Claire's resourcefulness and intelligent sensitivity make the love-conquers-all, happily-ever-after ending seem a just reward. Doubleday Book Club main selection, Literary Guild alternate.
This is not a plot synopsis, just an encouragement to treat yourself. I am not sure why this book is in the romance category...for though it does have romance, it is NOT a trashy smut book. It is just a wonderful slice of fiction, maybe more correctly historical fiction. I have recommended this series more times than I can count, and have been profusely thanked every time.
You will fall in love with Jamie and Claire, the clans of Scotland, and the fantastic way Diana makes you feel as though you are actually there witnessing it all. I envy the journey you are about to take. Enjoy!
Truly enjoyed this book.
I’d started watching the show and loved it. But I knew the book would be a little different. I’ve been sucked in to the Outlander world and adore it. Diana Gabaldon is a wonderful writer. She give you a bit of everything and not once have I felt bored with it. Currently on the fifth book.