Outlander by Diana Gabldon Review

Sunday, September 11th 2016

The Outlander series has been talked about from Youtube Vloggers and beloved readers from all around the world.This series has seem to touch so many readers from around the world that it’s no surprise that the Outlander novel has touched the heart of my mother. My mom has been talking about this series for years, and I do mean years. I honestly feel that I spend majority of my life hearing about the characters of this series all my life, since the first publication year of 1991. I live most of my life hearing my mother speaking about the wonders of the Scottish Highland. Hearing her constantly wanting to leave our home in the Bahamas to wander the mystical Highland of Scotland. After hearing my mother speak so lovingly about the Scottish Highland because of this wonderful historical, romance novel, I can clearly understand how my mother can clearly fall in love with the Scottish Highland, a place she never visited but always read about, and of course the wonderful writing style of  Diana Gabaldon.

 

Outlander by Diana Gabldon ReviewOutlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon
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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.

Life is truly amazing considering my mother would read the Outlander series, when she was a stay at home mom. Now here I am married to an Airmen in North  Dakota, a stay at home blogger as well as mother. Learning about the characters of the Outlander characters through audiobooks, the same way my mother did with audio cassette tapes, thankfully I’m listening to the audiobook through my cellphone with the great narration of Davina Porter. She has a great way of making all the character live before you’re eyes, or rather you’re ears. Her amazing Scottish accent really makes you feel like you are truly traveling from your home, or in my case in the bathroom attempting to convinces my daughter that potty training is the next set in order to wear her grandmother gifts of colorful undergarments.I really love this series. I love the length within the novel, since this book holds about eight hundreds pages, you really get a chances to know you’re characters, their heart along with their mind set. I honestly love the fact that I’m able to talk to my mom about the characters.

“Does it ever stop? The wanting you?” “Even when I’ve just left ye. I want you so much my chest feels tight and my fingers ache with wanting to touch ye again.”

― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

For the first time in my life, my other and I are swooning over the same character. Who is that dashing character? Well of course it’s the one and only James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, also known as Jamie. Sweet stubborn redhead Jamie Fraser. Oh how can you not fall in love with Jamie? Never have I read a novel, let alone a romance novel that had a male romance character be a virgin. Usually romance novels always fallow the pattern of having the female losing her virginity towards a more mature and more experiences male lover, of course Diana Gabaldon writes within her own pattern of romance and boy do I love it.

“I had one last try.

“Does it bother you that I’m not a virgin?” He hesitated a moment before answering.

“Well, no,” he said slowly, “so long as it doesna bother you that I am.” He grinned at my drop-jawed expression, and backed toward the door.

“Reckon one of us should know what they’re doing,” he said. The door closed softly behind him; clearly the courtship was over.”

Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

Gabaldon truly used a large mixture of historical text along with her own personal creative writing technique that has the entire world falling under the spell of the mystical time traveling journey of Claire. There are so many quotes and phrases this this novel that I could spend all day repeating

If you are not formulaic with the Outland series let me tell you that you self need to read the first book. If you are not in love with the characters, the plot, the imagery, and the adventures of the story line of these amazingly daring characters.I know that my mother has been trying to get my to read this series for an extremely long time, even after a very awkward ride when I over heard her listening to an audiobook while driving me to Florida for college which, is within itself an unique if not hilarious story within itself.I didn’t start reading this series until my mother sent me the series in paperback (despite my personal oath for paperback), then of course with this series gaining the attention again with the Starz television series,I found myself listening to the audio book (mainly because my mother couldn’t part with the first book of the series). Now that I have read the first book in the series, I am really excited to read the remainder of the series that is available to me. I’m also very grateful for author Diana Gabaldon, if it weren’t for her amazing characters, plots,creative historical interupatation of the past that has enchanted both mother and daughter. It’s always good to have someone to share a passion of reading with, and I’m glad that I’m finally able to share this amazing journey with Claire, Jamie, and the woman that taught me the importances of reading my mom.

“Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone,

I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One.

I give ye my Spirit, ’til our Life shall be Done.”

Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

What I love the most about the series is the fact that the protagonist is actually young James “Jamie” Fraser, and the narrator is actually Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser. The story is really about Jamie, who has to live harsh life of violences, loyalty, conspiracy, and of course love. The action packed events that happen just within the first Outlander novel has so much twist and turns within it, it’s truly hard to believe that the I’ve only read the first book out of a nine book series!

Jamie Fraser, is absolutely adorable, stubborn, strong, and loyal to those he loves. It those characteristic features that make him such an amazing character to read, as well as watch grow within the harsh conditions of 18th century Scotland. There are so many things happening during this time, Claire’s modern smart remarks, and contemporary references bridge the link between Jamie’s time period and our own. Readers are able truly see character development blossom over great strain, lost, wounds, and healing. I find this to be the best part of the book, since readers are truly able to really get to know the heart of different characters through all the trials that thrown their way. I believe the most shocking trial was the rescue of Jamie from Jack Randall, let me just say I would have never though about cows! Now that I am starting to second book, I’m not even sure how to adjust my heart to support to prologue I just read! It’s truly no surprise why people are excited about the t.v. series on Starz, however I am just excited to read about the book. Perhaps I have adopted my mother’s stubbornness, because on this we both agree on!

Please read this series, if you loved Debrah Harkness All Souls Trilogy I know you are going to simply die from romantic bless once you’ve meet the cast in Outlander. Happy reading Yall!

P.s. I promised myself that I WOULD NOT watch the Outlander t.v. show until after I read at least three of the Outlander series. I’m also asking my husband to add this series to his TBR pile since he loves Mathew de Claremont from All Souls Trilogy. I feel that he’s going to love Jamie. I feel that when I do watch the t.v., or rather if I watch the t.v. show I would be more interested in the knit garments and the Scottish scenario than anything else. From what I’ve seen on Pinterest and Amazon, the t.v. show has started a new trend of knitters and crocheters. This of course makes me excited since my mother crochets and I knit, this is another reason why rendering Outlander excites me so much. My mother and I always have similar interest we just never have the exact same view on our interest, well until we both read about Jamie Fraser that is!

About Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon is the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels-Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, and A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize)-and one work of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion, as well as the bestselling series featuring Lord John Grey, a character she introduced in Voyager. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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