#AtoZChallenge O: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge  is for bloggers who wish to participate by publishing a blog post every day in April except for Sundays. Each blog post will focus on a letter of the alphabet. For example April 1 will be A, April 2 will be B and on it goes. By the end of April, a blog post for every letter of the alphabet will have been posted.


In 1946, Claire Randall is taken from the Scottish Highlands where she is on a second honeymoon with her husband, back to 1943 where the first person she meets is a British army officer. He is her husband’s six times great grandfather, who she has often heard her husband talk of, as he researches his family’s genealogy.

“People disappear all the time. Ask any policeman, better still ask a journalist. Disappearances are bread and butter to journalists. Young girls run away from home. Young children stray from their parents and are never seen again. Housewives reach the end of their tether and take the grocery money and a taxi to the station. International financiers change their names and vanish into the smoke of imported cigars. Many of the lost will be found, eventually, dead or alive. Disappearances, after all, have their explanation. Usually” – written at the front of Outlander

Claire eventually finds herself torn between two very different men, living two totally different and irreconcilable lives.

My Thoughts

I have been resisting reading this book. Not because I didn’t think I would enjoy it. I enjoy historical fiction and the genealogy included in this book intrigued me. However, at over 800 pages, Outlander takes a huge time commitment. And then there are the subsequent books in the series at a similar number of pages.

But finally I gave in and I’m so glad I did. Gabaldon is a great story teller with a huge attention to detail as she asks: What if your future was the past?

I found this book to be very ‘unputdownable’ and read it fairly quickly, despite the huge number of pages. As I read the last line, I couldn’t wait to get started on book two in the series.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About The Author

Diana Gabaldon


Diana Gabaldon grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and is of Mexican-American and English descent. She has earned three degrees – B.S. in Zoology, M.S. i Marine Biology and a Ph.D in Ecology.


Published in 1991 by Arrow Books, Penguin Random House.  Paperback – 863 pages

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8 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge O: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

  1. My wife just requested me to download the entire OUTLANDER series. There are a lot of books. We haven’t read them yet, but will be tackling them soon.

    I am at Transformed Nonconformist. I usually write humor pieces, but I am getting serious this month. I’m writing about people who have deeply impacted my life.

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  2. I have read all the books in the Outlander series. I do remember being immersed in the fantasy not wanting to put the book down, particularly in Voyager. I read for hours and hours and really loved Claire’s apothecary talents in healing people, she was a doctor after all. I enjoyed Claire and Jamie’s homestead and what all they went through which was sometimes brutal especially when Roger was taken and tortured by Indians. It is a great story and I loved watching the TV series as well. I can’t wait for the next season. Jackie’s Bookbytes Letter O

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  3. A lot of people have recommended this book to me, since I write superlong historical sagas myself, and love reading them, though it doesn’t sound like something I’d enjoy. I’ve read a lot of reviews saying spousal abuse and rape are romanticised and excused, and that those things occur frequently. That seems a bit much even for what was considered normal in that era.

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  4. I do find the abuse quite difficult to read and really should have mentioned that in the review. I’m not sure if there’s more than what is normal for the times. Thanks for visiting


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