Genre: A little bit of just about everything
Series: Outlander series
Publication Date: 1 January 1991
Book Source: local bookstore
Synopsis: The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.
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.
Many many years ago…too many to count…my neighbour loaned me her very well used edition of Cross Stitch (known throughout the US as "Outlander"). I had a very young baby in the house and not a lot of spare time to myself. Every now and then I would pick the book up, read a paragraph or two, but would be sidetracked by something else or was just too tired to really absorb any of the words. Enough time went by that I had to either really give the book a go, or return it to my neighbour. I decided one day to just take the time to read the first chapter or two and see whether it was something I would continue with. Well I do believe once Claire went through the stones I ignored my family and responsibilities to devour the whole story.
I've lost count as to how many times I have re-read this book since then. I quite often will pick up any book from the series and just skim through and take a moment to read my favourite parts (of which there are countless).
With the eighth book due for publication mid this year and the new series series currently being filmed it has been a joy to be able to join with the online community in re-living the series so far. I've been so impressed by everything Ron Moore and Starz have shared with us thus far and I'm one of the many that has joined in the Sam Heughen fan club, I think he's going to be a very impressive Jamie Fraser.
If you are one of the few that has looked at this series but not indulged so far then I would suggest you start reading quick smart. I certainly think its one of those books that should definitely be read before the series airs. The story is so rich in detail and it will be impossible for Starz to include everything.
I looked for a quote or a favourite part to share and there were so many it was hard to decide. I decided to choose one that didn't hold any spoilers in the event there are people that exist that haven't read or heard about this series.
This is Jamie talking to Claire...
“When the day shall come that we do part," he said softly, and turned to look at me, "if my last words are not 'I love you'-ye'll ken it was because I didna have time.”