Review: Outlander

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was recommended to me and I decided to give it a go despite not being my usual type of book. The plot revolves around the main character, a woman from the post WW2 era being sucked 200 years back in time to the past by some magic stones.
Our main character meets all sorts of Scottish clansmen, and English soldiers within minutes of arriving and her adventure doesn’t stop. She uses her knowledge of healing (she was a nurse in the future) to gain acceptance in the past, but doubts about her story mean she is always being tested.
There is love and excitement aplenty in this book, but I did feel it went on for a little too long, and I was relieved to come to the end. Whilst I enjoyed the book, I don’t feel compelled to read the rest of the series and indeed the sheer number of pages to follow is too daunting a task for me to tackle. The characters are mostly believable (apart from our main character’s love interest who has the healing powers of Wolverine from the X-Men!) and parts of the book are hard to put down (and I’m not talking about the sex scenes, which are pretty tame to say they are set in rougher times).
If this was a film it would be a ‘chick-flick’, time travelling, love, violence but with a sort of feel good theme running through (and an awful lot of good luck!).
I rounded my rating to four stars – I thought this was quite generous…

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