I can write romance and, I do enjoy watching romantic movies once in a while, but reading romance usually doesn't appeal to me. I know that sounds extremely bizarre coming from an author that pens erotic romance. And, I know it's been said in order for an author to hone their skills they should read what they flog. But I beg to differ. Sometimes absorbing too much of what you intend to publish can actually influence your written voice. Don't get me wrong, reading is just as important as writing on a regular basis, to keep the mind sharp and focused and the ideas flowing. The more you study the greater the improvement you'll find when putting your words to paper.
Anyway, getting back to the romance thing. Like I said, if I walked into Chapters it wouldn't be the first genre I'd scoop from the shelf. So, when I decided to take the plunge and read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, I seriously wondered if I'd be bored to tears. The sheer size of the novel (850 pages for the paperback version I bought) seemed a daunting challenge, not that I'm a slow reader. If I get into a story, I can polish it off in a relatively short period of time, days in some cases regardless of the page count (hell I've written massive novels myself). The reason I chose Outlander was because my sister-in-law read the series, loved and praised it, and she wouldn't stop hounding me. And I mean several years of harassment. Every time we'd visit, our conversation would inevitably lead to books and our latest reading material and, she'd ask: "Have you read Outlander yet?"
So, guess what, this review is dedicated solely to you, Lori! :)
Written in first person, Outlander is a historical romance piece, where former combat nurse Claire Randall travels from 1945 back to 1743 Scotland, during a second honeymoon with her husband. There's no possible way I can write a fully detailed plot summary; first, whatever I'd have to say would never do the story justice and, secondly, there is just too much happening in this novel for me to explain it accurately. But, what I can tell you is I thoroughly enjoyed Outlander. It's well written with stunning detail, powerful characters that draw you in, love and sex that everyone should have the privilege of experiencing at least once in their life, and a plot that is constantly evolving, dragging you deeper into Claire Randall's psyche. Outlander has it all: desire, love, sex, humour, betrayal, trust, drama, action, suspense and more. Diana Gabaldon left nothing to chance when she wrote her debut novel. If you're historical romance fan then I'm sure you'll fall for Outlander, and if you've already consumed this titan of passion then you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. Give me James Fraser! 5 Stars!
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