Outlander Summary


Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon’s work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.

One of the top ten best-loved novels in America, as seen on PBS’s The Great American Read!

Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.

Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.

This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content:
• An excerpt from Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber, the second novel in the Outlander series 
• An interview with Diana Gabaldon 
• An Outlander reader’s guide

Praise for Outlander

“Marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex . . . perfect escape reading.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“History comes deliciously alive on the page.”—New York Daily News

Book Reviews



Outlander is my favorite book series. I’ve read this first book of the series probably seven times and it never fails to be a book that I can’t put down! Now on to a reread of book #2, Dragonfly in Amber!55


Romance2 star

Interesting story about Scotland but lots of romantic science, if you like that in a book then this one’s for you25

k ok powers lol

Please5 star

C q55



OMG, I love outlanders, I started watching the series and I loved it. I’ve always wanted to read the books and I love how they changed some stuff. Reading the book gave me a whole new perspective of Outlanders.55

KY Momma Bear

One of my favorites of all time!5 star

Just finished reading it for the third time. And it doesn’t get old! She’s a fabulous writer! Love the characters and descriptions of life in the 1700s.55


Outlander5 star

Greatedtest love story since Dr. Zhivago ! Watched full series 2x now and read the last 4 books in series, just now finishing 1. Thank you.55


Outlander review4 star

Beautifully written love story. Just a bit too long for my tastes. I didn’t like the violent sex scene, and that is why I didn’t give it 5 stars.45


Outstanding!!5 star

Diana Gabaldon writes good sex!!55


Outlander5 star


Sorceress Sarah

Trigger Warning2 star

It’s a well written and thought out book but it goes too far. I stopped reading after a character was forgiven for spousal abuse. I tried to watch the show and stopped after the rape of a child scene. Too much.25

Other Books by Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly in Amber


Dragonfly in Amber
4.5     2681


4.5     2247
Drums of Autumn


Drums of Autumn
4.5     1969

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