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


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


Amazing5 star

Truly enjoyed this book.55

Mia Rivers

Outlander5 star

I’d started watching the show and loved it. But I knew the book would be a little different. I’ve been sucked in to the Outlander world and adore it. Diana Gabaldon is a wonderful writer. She give you a bit of everything and not once have I felt bored with it. Currently on the fifth book.55


The series is better3 star

If you are wanting more details after watching Outlander on STARZ then this is for you!! But honestly for me, I was looking for detailed sex scenes that absolutely did not happen in this book. While watching the steamy scenes in here he series, I could only imagine what would happen in the book BUTTTT that was exactly opposite!! The book leaves you hanging as far as details of the sex .. just watch the series and you will save your money!!35


Beautiful story of Love and Triumph !5 star

Love the way Diana writes and draws you in to Claire and Jamie’s body,soul,spirit, heart mind and will ☺️and incredible love for each other!55

di pinto

Totally over the top3 star

In 1945 twenty seven year old Claire is married to an older man and living a happy, quiet, life in England. By some sort of paranormal magic while on vacation in Scotland she is transported 200 years back to a primitive time in the Scottish Highlands. She encounters violence, unspeakable evil, and passionate love. Her adventures seemed totally over the top with improbable situations and unbelievable near death escapes. People shot full of holes recovered as good as new in a few days. Overlaying all of this is her passionate, numerous, and graphically described love trysts with Jamie — a caracture of the handsome, total hero. Presented with the opportunity to return to her former life and husband the question is — will she? I found the book to be entertaining,with interesting take outs on Scottish lore and customs, but weighed down by the many drawn out and tedious narratives and conversations that added little or nothing to the plot. The ending was an obvious set up for the sequel that did occur. While it was an intriquing time travel story, with lots of romance if you could call it that, it would have been a better book without so much depiction of degrading conduct and completely improbable situations. I give it 3 stars. — di pinto35


Outlander5 star

Deeply rich , in historical context. I love the romance and historical details .55


My favorite series5 star

My favorite series. I am just an empty husk waiting for the latest book now.55

Other Books by Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly in Amber


Dragonfly in Amber
4.5     2484


4.5     2086
Drums of Autumn


Drums of Autumn
4.5     1803

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