While Claire Randall, an English nurse, is in Scotland enjoying a second honeymoon with her husband, Frank, after the war in 1945, she suddenly ends up somewhere or sometime, she never expected. While out one morning looking for herbs Claire returns to a stone circle close to town. There she is magically pulled back in time to 1743, where she has to deal with a whole new war and new circumstances. Her medical knowledge comes in handy when she is taken by some Scots, one of which who needs help. The Scot who requires her attention is a man named Jamie Fraser.
Claire soon finds herself in a strange predicament, essentially forced into marriage to stay safe in 1743 but still married to a man that hasn’t been born yet. As Claire and Jaime fall in love, she must make the ultimate choice, does she return to her first love and husband Frank in 1945 or does she stay with Jamie in 1743 and face the oncoming doom that face the Scots and try to change the future for all of them.
This book was recommended to me by a friend and while it is a little apart from the books I recently find myself reading I must say I enjoyed the step into the past. Ms. Gabaldon is able to create realistic, likeable characters who you enjoy returning to time and again. Also, the author did an excellent job portraying both 1945 Scotland and 1743 Scotland. I enjoyed this book so much that I went out to find the rest of the books in the series. I am definitely glad that I read this book and will be keeping it to read again.
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.