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Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, anda lover in another...In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war andreunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she innocently touches aboulder 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 andraiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743.Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in sooninextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch.She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies thatmay threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, agallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love soabsolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...andbetween two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives."Absorbing and heartwarming...lavishly evokes the land and lore ofScotland." "--Publishers Weekly" "Stunning!" "--Los Angeles Daily News" "It is a large canvas that Gabaldon paints, filled with strong passions andderring-do. Strong willed and sensual, Claire is an engaging modern heroineplopped down in a simpler, more primitive time.... Great fun ...marvelous andfantastic adventures, romance, sex ...perfect escape reading!" "--San Francisco Chronicle"show more

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Hmm what can I say about Cross Stitch, or for others, The Outlander... Even though it did take me a while to feel connected with the story and the characters, I love this book! Diana Gabaldon has done a fantastic job at setting the scene in Scotland; I literally thought I was there among them, galloping on a horse beside them watching the story take place. However, there were a few cringe-worthy moments, which at first I thought were unnecessary but then I realised that they just added to the context of the story; the way life was back in the 18th Century. The story is written in Claire's point of view, a character that any female can relate to as you follow her journey back in time. As for the best part, Jamie, what can you possibly say about him? He is a classic tortured hero, a man you instantly fall for in the first scene all the way to the end. The best part is, Jamie is not an unrealistic character, known to be just a brave handsome man who saves a damsel in distress; he has flaws (stubbornness) as well as a tortured past and on that matter a tortured future. He is not perfect, which is why when I was reading I felt for him and everything he has been through. I could go on forever about Jamie, but I shall keep the rest for our imagination :)

Diana Gabaldon's Outlander is the first book in a series that is historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction, action and adventure, and romance all rolled up into one book. I enjoyed the book for many reasons particularly a strong female lead character. Really, I enjoyed all aspects of the book except for the graphic physical descriptions. Those I can do without. Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/06/outlander.html *** Reviewed based on a copy received through a publisher�??�?�¢??s giveaway ***