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Claire Randall, a nurse, is on holiday in Scotland with her husband Frank, a historian, just after WWII when she step through a stone circle and is transported back in time 200 years to pre-Culloden Scotland. She narrowly escapes being molested by her husband's brutal ancestor, Captain Jack Randall, and is rescued by a group of Scottish Highlanders, MacKenzies, from Castle Leoch. Eventually, further troubles with Jack Randall forces Dougal MacKenzie, brother of the laird of Leoch, to arrange a marriage between Claire and his nephew the gallant Jamie Fraser to ensure her safety. However, Jamie's previous lover, Laoghaire MacKenzie, is jealous of Claire, and sends her off to visit the local healer, Geilies Duncan (who is rumoured to be a witch), when she knows that the healer is going to be trialed as a witch, hoping to do off with Claire as well. Geilies saves Claire's life by providing a distraction, and Claire escapes, running to Jamie, and confesses of her past and her trip through the stones. Jamie takes her back to the stone circle to return her to her own time, but Claire
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cannot go back, as she realises that she has fallen in love with Jamie. She stays. Jamie is later captured by Captain Jack Randall, accused as a criminal, and Claire embarks on a mission with Jamie's godfather Murtagh to rescue him. They then escape to France. The story continues... in another book. Altogether, a series of six.
The review of this Book prepared by Matthew S.

Claire Randall and her husband Frank are rekindling their marriage on a second honeymoon to Scotland, after the end of WWII. On a trip to a local stone circle, Claire finds herself transported back in time to the 18th century, where she meets gallant soldier and accused criminal Jamie Fraser, whom she is forced to wed. Now Claire has two husbands in two different centuries.

As Claire attempts to escape from the clutches of Jamie and return to the stone circle from which she came, she finds herself falling more and more in love with him. Claire finds that she cannot keep her knowledge about future events to herself either.
The review of this Book prepared by Sandra

Claire Randall is on a honeymoon with her husband Frank, when she is steps through a stone hedge and is sent back to Scotland during the 18th Century. Claire finds herself in the middle of a scurmish and mets a gallant young warrior named Jamie Fraser. Claire and Jamie form the beginning of a friendship, when they are forced to marry. Eventually they fall in love.
The review of this Book prepared by Kimberly Sternes

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Plot & Themes

Marriage/Married    -   Yes Marriage subplot:    -   arranged marriage spurring real love Time Travel    -   Yes Type of time travel    -   present to past

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   accused criminal Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   blissful    -   a better lover Unusual characteristics?    -   Very naive/shy - Doesn't know where to put weiner

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   nurse Effect of sexing    -   blissful


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm    -   lot of descript of crop raising    -   lot of descript of animal care Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   Vagia talk    -   spanking that woman dislikes    -   rape/molest (yeech!) Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   5-9 sex acts

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