Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life...and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Outlander is a romance novel set in Scotland 1945. Claire and her husband Frank are finally able to spend some quality time together after a long separation due to the war. Frank is a university professor, totally immersed in a genealogical pursuit of his family tree, while Claire, a nurse content to keep busy finding rare and local herbs found in the countryside. One such day after an outing to a local stone circle Claire finds herself transported back in time. Still in Scotland, Claire finds herself in the middle of a Highland Clan raid against the English.
Claire finds herself in a host of adventure from the moment she appears in an 18th century Scotland. Captured by the English, then by the Scottish clans, Claire finds her skills as a nurse make her a valuable commodity and can help keep her somewhat safe, while she plots to get herself back to the stone circle and home to her husband Frank.
At the mercy of the medieval times and stuck in an era from which she does not belong, Claire finds herself being tried as witch, and being married off to a clansman she doesn’t even know let alone love.
This book is a romance novel with one adventure after another. Though this book appears to be about time travel, it does not focus on the time travel issue as much as the people and the place Claire is transported to. I must add that this is not a harlequin romance novel; there is enough adventure and intrigue to keep even the skeptics reading.
I am not usually a lover of romance novels; this first book of the series is a 5 star rating. I couldn’t wait to start the next book in the series.