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1945 WWII nurse travels through Scotland Stone Henges to 1745 and meets up with a clan and falls in love with a Scotish Warrior. In 1945, Claire is on a holiday with her husband. After being separated for six years, second honeymoon best describes their hopes to rekindle their lost relationship during WWII. Claire visits a set of Stonehenges in the Highlands. She is mystically drawn to them and falls through the stones and ends up in 1745 Scotland. She meets Black Jack Randall, who looks a lot like her 1945 husband, and realizes he is the great, great, great grandfather of her husband. Jack tries to rape her, and she is saved by a Scot, who kidnaps her, and brings her to the MacKenzie clan. The leader recognizes her medical talents. He asks her to treat his nephew, Jamie, who has a dislocated shoulder. Claire and Jamie's relationship begins and blossoms, all the while she is trying to get back to the Stonehenges and back to her husband in 1945. Claire realizes she has feelings for Jamie and wonders if she should go back to her husband your stay in the past with the man she is regarding as her true love.
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Best part of story, including ending: Characters leap into my lap and talk to me. The plot pulled me into the story and kept me up all night.

Best scene in story: When Jamie tells Claire that he loves her. It's my favorite because he tells her in a way that is so true and funny at the same time. I like it because it is not your typical love scene.

Opinion about the main character: I like Claire because she is strong and caring. She doesn't have a poker face like Jamie, which gets her into trouble. I dislike the fact that she cares more for other people than herself, which gets her in to some deep and dangerous situations.

The review of this Book prepared by Kenna McHugh a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

Just after the end of WWII, Claire Randell and her husband, Frank, go on a second honeymoon to Scotland, as they have been separated by the war for most of their marriage. While at a circle of standing stones (like stonehenge) Claire leans against a stone and is transported in 18th century Scotland, where she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a young scotsman. She attempts to get back home, but over the couse of several adventures, she falls in love with Jamie, and must decide if she truely wants to return to her own time.
The review of this Book prepared by fran laniado

In 1945, English WW2 army nurse, Claire Randall, mysteriously goes back in time 200 years while on a second honeymoon in Scotland with her husband, Frank. In the past, she falls in love with gallant Highlander hottie, Jamie Fraser. Meanwhile, both Claire and Jamie (especially Jamie) are both trying to escape the clutches of an evil English pervert, Captain Randall, who happens to be the ancestor of Claire's first husband, Frank.   
The review of this Book prepared by JW

Claire Randall goes for a walk after WWII and finds herself transported back to Scotland in the 1700's. There she meets her present day husband's evil ancestor, and an amazing Highlander willing to protect her with his life. Claire finds love adventure, and intrigue in Jaime's arms as they work to prevent the second Scottish uprising and the end of the Clans of Scotland.
The review of this Book prepared by Jennifer Olive

Chapter Analysis of Outlander

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Ancient scotland Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one woman-two men If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate Time Travel    -   Yes Type of time travel    -   present to past

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   warrior/knight Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   blissful    -   mature    -   sensitive    -   a better lover Unusual characteristics?    -   Bulging Muscles

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   doctor/medical Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   a better lover    -   blissful


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion    -   prison    -   fort/military installation    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   40%    -   60% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk    -   spanking that woman dislikes    -   rape/molest (yeech!) Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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