Sunday, July 14, 2013

Book Club Book Review: Outlander

It's been a few months since our book club met {and the last time we met I didn't read the book because it was a little depressing, what with girls being raped and murdered, and I was a little post-partumy}. Our selection this month was The Outlander by Diana Badaldon.

Plot: Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...

In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder 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 border clans in the year of our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Review: Well. This might be my new favorite book club selection. It is at least tied with Before I Go to Sleep. This book is over 20 years old, and I vaguely remember my sister reading the second book in the series. Sidebar: I have yet to talk about a book club book where my sister doesn't say 'Oh, I read that.' 2nd sidebar: This series has book 9 coming out soon!!  EEEE! Sidebars done. 

Apparently there is some controversy over the fact that this book is found in the Romance section of the library. It's hard to classify this book as historical fiction, science fiction or romance. I say who the hell cares? It was excellent reading! Diana Gabaldon is an amazing writer. The story jumped off the page, and I was left eager to begin book 2. If you like any of the genres I mentioned, you'll really enjoy this book I think!

I also stayed at the 'meeting' until 12:45. Karin was so happy that 'wine-drinking' Allena came, ha. Drew got up at 3:00 and 4:00 and then Trent was up at 7:00 so 'wine-drinking' Allena won't be playing again for awhile!