Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Sci-fi/fantasy, romance, historical fiction
Claire Randall is on holiday with her husband, Frank, in Scotland in the year 1945 after their service in World War II. While exploring one day she falls through the standing stones in an ancient circle called Craigh na Dun and falls through time to the year 1743. Having to come to terms that she is no longer in her time, Claire must learn to survive in this vastly different era while devising a plan to escape and return to her own time. Through her journeys as an outlander 200 years in the past Claire is accused of being spy for the English, a spy from France, and even a witch.
Jamie Fraser is an outlaw, a young man with nothing to give Claire. However, they are thrown together in an attempt to outwit Black Jack Randall and to keep Claire safely under the watch of the McKenzies. Claire then must decide how far she’s willing to go in order to reach home or to forsake her own time altogether.
Gabaldon’s writing immediately pulls you in and illustrates the sprawling countryside and savageness of 18th century Scotland. As I have no idea of the historical accuracy of the novel I can’t really say anything about that but the events that occur are believable and beautifully executed.
As a fan of the show, I can’t believe that I waited this long to finally read the book! If you like historical fiction or romance or science fiction or fantasy books you should absolutely read Outlander. Or you should just read it because it’s fantastic.