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Cross Stitch (Outlander, 1) Paperback – 16 Jul 1992
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"Stunning" (Los Angeles Daily News)
"Unusual and compelling" (Library Journal)
"‘Scotland’s answer to Game of Thrones’" (The Herald)
THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE BESTSELLING OUTLANDER SERIES - soon to be a major new TV series.See all Product description
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The story is realistic, doesn't shy away from brutalities and everyday realities of a life in 18th century Scotland. I like the fact that the writer isn't writing vaguely about any situation, i.e. Jack Randall's twisted mind and torture of Jamie (there's quite a few surprises!), Claire & Jamie's marital life which is described just right not to be a paperback romance, etc.
Claire as a narrator is funny, amusing, intelligent and has a great overview of life.
When the book was published in 1991, it was an instant best-seller and I cannot believe I haven't stumble across it earlier.
I highly recommend this fiction not only for those who love to read about historical Scotland but for those who just simply love a good story and a good book.
Having seen the series just after I finished the book I have to say I haven't seen such a great adaptation of a book into a TV story yet. Thanks to the lenght of the series, the film makers went into a great detail of the story. Still, the book is always much better than its cinematic counterpart.
Outlander is one of those books that pulled me in from pretty much the first page and didn't let me go until the end. Considering it's quite a long book (865 pages for my copy) I finished it in just three days which should tell you something about how much I enjoyed it! I loved meeting these characters, I loved taking a trip back in time and most of all I fell hard for Jamie even though I wanted to slap him a couple of times! There are already thousands of reviews for this book out there so there's probably nothing I can say that hasn't been said hundreds of times before so I'm just tell you that I'm now even more excited about watching the TV series and I can't wait to dive into the next book. I don't think it hurt at all that I had such a clear picture of Jamie before I started reading!
I really enjoyed Outlander where I was swept into the world of Claire and Jamie Fraser. Claire travels back through time to the 1700s where she meets a young highlander Jamie Fraser who she falls in love with. These are hefty books but beautifully written with amazing language, wonderfully put together passages of language.
We return to this world in Dragonfly in Amber but twenty years on, Claire is back in the 1960s with a grown up daughter, returning to Scotland to reveal several truths that will blow the worlds of those near to her wide open. But fear not avid readers, we return to Claire's memories to find out what happened next in her love saga with Jamie.
This sequel has all the passion of the first book in the series but tinged with sadness, knowing that Claire is back in present day means that the reader is second guessing how this could have happened and what may happen next. Some of the old friends and foes return and in places it's a case of life and death! It's another bulky novel but it doesn't feel that way because of how engrossed you become in the storyline and needing to know what happens next.
From a historical fiction lover's viewpoint, I was really enamoured with understanding the rising of '44 and the historical perspective not only of Bonnie Prince Charlie who I had heard of but never really studied, but also the court of the Parisian King Louis and his followers. It was interesting to see how much more advanced the French were in those days than the English. For example, I'm sure this doesn't count as a spoiler but there is a very funny scene where Claire's French friend gets her to wax her legs and armpits and Jamie's reaction to this is just hilarious. I can't wait to start Voyager!
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