By Diana Gabaldon
Why this book?
Yes, I know this one appears obvious – but Outlander is a reader favorite for a reason! This novel is epic on all levels. Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser’s romance is unforgettable, set against the backdrop of the Jacobite rebellion in 18th Century Scotland. Gabaldon’s writing is vibrant, as is her world-building – but it’s her characters that shine. The protagonists feel like real people. It’s easy to root for them, yet they have their flaws, while the antagonists (with the exception perhaps of the evil ‘Black Jack’ Randall) have their redeeming qualities, making them just as fascinating as Claire and Jamie. It’s a heart-warming story that literally ‘transports’ you to the past.
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