This one started out a little slow but did pick up. I became engrossed in the story. It could have been condensed but I definitely loved seeing what J...moreThis one started out a little slow but did pick up. I became engrossed in the story. It could have been condensed but I definitely loved seeing what Jamie, Claire, and the rest at Fraser's Ridge were up to. I look forward to reading the next two books in the series to see what happens.(less)
I don't want to write a detailed review because I am afraid I won't give this book justice, but I will say a few things. First of all, I absolutely lo...moreI don't want to write a detailed review because I am afraid I won't give this book justice, but I will say a few things. First of all, I absolutely loved this epic historical romance (labels are tricky)! It includes mystery, intrigue, fighting, every day life in a Scottish castle, every day life at a Scottish farm, a witch trial, history, betrayal, time travel, clan interactions, and certainly not least love. I laughed, I cried (several times), I was happy, sad, angry, anxious, and enamored. If a book can do all that to you, it is definitely worth the read. I totally recommend this book to everyone. Do not let the length of this book deter you, you will not be able to put it down.
The book starts out during 1940's where two English people, Claire and Frank Randall go to Scotland for a second honeymoon. Both were a part of WW2. Frank is a historian and Claire is a nurse. They have been separated as their duties led them for eight years during war. This second honeymoon was sort of a reacquaintance. While Claire was devoted to Frank, I really couldn't feel the love between them. I don't think it went past common curtesy. Claire goes sight seeing one day while Frank is busy looking at documents where she comes across a small stone henge she has visited the day before. She is catapulted back in time to 1743. She is met with a group of British soldiers who mean her harm only to be rescued by the Mackenzie Scottish clan. Here she quickly falls into becoming the castle's healer, Claire constantly waits for an opportunity to escape and go back to the stone henge and back to her life. One of the first Scottish men she meets is Jamie Frasier, in my opinion is one of the most well written heroes ever (it is impossible not to fall in love with him). I don't want to give to much away, but through a series of circumstances they must leave the castle and wed. What starts out to be a matter of convenience only blossoms into one of the greatest love stories of all time. Claire is faced with the decision later to stay with Jamie or go back to her time. She chooses the right choice, which is Jamie. Captain Randall, one of the British soldiers Claire meets first once walking through the stone, is in fact a six times great grandfather of Frank, is the nemesis of Jamie, one of the most evil and cruel characters I have ever come across. He tortures Jamie in the end and threatens to break all that Claire and Jaimie live for. In the end, nothing can stop our heroine and hero, they definitely get their HEA and the ending sets up nicely for book 2, Dragonfly in Amber. I am definitely a fan of Diana Gabaldon and the characters and world she has created. She is truely an amazing writer.(less)