'Outlander' by Diana Gabaldon
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.
I was recommend this book by a friend of mine Jen. She talked highly of this one and the next two in ther series which she had read so far. I got the book on the kindle and found myself soon engrossed in it. I have never heard of the author before and I'm very greatful for Jen for recommending her to me. I read every night and found that I was reading this book into the early hours of the morning as I really just couldn't put it down. The author had me captured with the story of Jaime Frasier and Claire Beauchamp and other characters like Dougal, Colum and Captain Randall. The author's details of historical events, time-travel, adventure, and love between Jamie and Claire was overwelming. I felt I was there in the Highlands with Jamie and Claire sharing their story and the story of all the other characters, I felt that I held my breath in suspense, laugh out loud and cried at some of the events in this story. I could feel their pain through trials and sadness, their triumphs and their undying love.
I didn't realise how long this first book was (nearly 1000pages) as I was reading it on my kindle, so when I found out I was shocked. The book never felt that long and I really think that was due to how good the story was. I ordered the next two books straight away and found myself waiting impatiently for them to arrive.
I can't wait to see how the story of Jaime and Claire unravels, being a part of their life and their love.
Would highly recommend - THANKS Jen