Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I was not sure what to make of this book at first. Historical fiction is not generally my top choice in genre, so at first I could not remember how this book made my list. Where was the magic? Would there be dragons? What was the appeal?
And then, the time travel began. The history came alive and I was having an adventure in Scotland in the 1700s, while also experiencing one of the most epic romances ever written.
Diana Gabaldon is truly a master. She is not afraid to face the darkness in the human psyche. She does not gloss over the atrocities consistent with the time. There is even a witch hunt. This book stares down true peril and does not shrink away. And did I mention the ROMANCE? This is probably the most supremely intelligent romance novel I’ve ever encountered. My brain is still grateful for getting to come along for the ride.
I’ve already ordered the second book (Dragonfly in Amber: A Novel (Outlander)) and I’m trying to take a break and let other books into my world in between. I’m honestly not sure how long I’ll be able to make it.
“For where all love is, the speaking is unnecessary.”
“And I mean to hear ye groan like that again. And to moan and sob, even though you dinna wish to, for ye canna help it. I mean to make you sigh as though your heart would break, and scream with the wanting, and at last to cry out in my arms, and I shall know that I’ve served ye well.”