THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE BESTSELLING Outlander SERIES – soon to be a major new TV series.
What if your future was the past?
1945, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It's a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage.
But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer - her husband's six-times great-grandfather.
Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach - an Outlander - in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats.
Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, 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.
A masterful blend of historical fiction and bodice-ripping romance, Outlander is the perfect summer relaxation read. Claire, an English WW2 nurse, is swept back in time to 1700s Scotland, a land of danger, drama, and handsome highlanders. She must navigate this new world with all her wits about he as she tries to survive, find her way back home, and resist the charms of the beautiful and roguish Jamie... - Rebecca (QBD)
Claire is a WW2 nurse holidaying in Scotland after the war when she is pulled through a stone circle into Jacobite Scotland. The first of an epic series chronicling her adventures, this romantic and dramatic book is an absolute treat. - Eleanor (QBD)
If you're late to the Outlander train, get on it now! You'll be transported along with Claire to 17 43 Scotland and into the irresistible arms of Jamie Fraser, a young Highlander in the McKenzie clan. Using her previous time as a World War II nurse Claire utilises her skills and intelligence to stay safe in a foreign land swarming with deadly characters, until she can return to her own time in 1943. However sparks fly between Claire and Jamie and finally she is left with the ultimate decision, does she return to her old, safe life, or stay with her new man and face danger's inescapable?
Do not underestimate this as purely a love story! This book is expertly packed with history, given to the reader so delicately that you won't even know you're being fed it. A wide variety of personalities (many brash and hate-able) provide sub-plots that give leave of the driving force of the book, but don't diminish it's importance. Politics, love and war keep you turning the pages until the very end, and even then you'll want more. Outlander is a must read for fans of historical fiction. - Kathleen (QBD)