Though it was first published in 1991, I hadn’t heared of this book (and the whole series for that matter) until I watched the show and fell in love with it. So I decided to read the books for I couldn’t wait for more stories about Claire and Jamie. Now that I read the first book I am even more a fan than I was before.
Claire Randall is on a second honeymoon with her husband Frank. In the Scottish Highlands she comes across amgical stones and travels back thorugh time, from the 20th into the 18th century. She has to adapt, find a way to surivive in this time and try to figure out how to escape the grasp of one Captain Jonathan Randall, her husband’s ancestor. On the quest of finding her way back she also has to decide where her heart truely lies- with Jamie, an 18th century Highlander with a price on his head or with Frank back in the 20th.
The story Diana Gabaldon tells, is amazing. She has a great way of getting us close to Claire, telling us everything through her perspective. You laugh, you cry and you love with her as you accompany her on her journey. And since you only know what Claire knows, discovering the ways of the Highlands is a great reading experience.
What took me some getting used to was the Scottish English since I hadn’t come across it before and had never seen it written. But it doesn’t take too long to figure out.
I give this book 4,5 of 5 possible gold stars and I am looking forward to reading the next books.
PS: As for the question of how close the tv show stayed to the books… In the beginning, it is amazingly close. Throughout the whole first season, the dialogues are sometimes taken directly from the books. Some scenery changes aside and in the end some changing of the order of events, the show is a great adaption of an amazing book. I’m waiting for season 2.