WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD, the next book Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDER series will be released on June 10th, and in honor of that fact, I'm re-reading all of the books in the series.
OUTLANDER, which I read for the first time when I was eighteen, is the first book in the series. I bought it based on a recommendation from a sales associate at Malaprop's Bookstore, in Asheville, North Carolina. I've been going to that bookstore nearly every time I pass through Asheville for most of my life, and they have never let me down, so I was willing to give this plump blue novel a shot, even though it was shelved with the romances. (Not that I have anything against romances. I don't. I just wasn't in the market for a bodice ripper.)
I'm so glad that I trusted that Malaprop's sales associate. I have read OUTLANDER at least 4 or 5 times at this point, and it never disappoints. Gabaldon creates a complete, lush world and characters whose relationships are complex, challenging, and timeless (Ha. Pun totally intended.)
OUTLANDER isn't a book for children, but I would (and do) heartily recommend it to anyone with an interest in epic historical series, or science fiction and fantasy, or romance. Yes, there is sex. Yes, there is violence, but there is also adventure on a grand scale and some really beautiful writing.
All that said, I heartily enjoyed revisiting Jamie and Claire, and cannot wait for WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD.