The pair sees this trip to Inverness as a second honeymoon. Even from the beginning this book has you gripped as the romance between Claire and Frank is strong and passionate but you can’t help noticing that this tale is going to take a turn as, even though they love each other, the pair doesn’t seem connected. This is evident as Frank seems to spend all his time researching his direct ancestor Jonathan Randall who seems popular with the Crown but highly unpopular with the locals and highlanders of Scotland.
On a historic trip to the Craig Na dune, an ancient circle of standing stones, Claire touches the inner stone and ends up time-travelling to 1745 at the beginning of the Jacobite revolution in the hands of the McKenzie clan highlander, who ultimately saves her from the clutches of the English, in a whirlwind tale of romance, war and rebellion and ultimately loss. The intense humour presented through the novel immerses you in the world of 1745 Scotland.
Claire marries a young highlander called Jamie out of necessity, and the pair fall into a deep and enduring love that is seen throughout the novels and now the TV series: battling witch trials, lies, accusations from lairds, Scotsmen and the English dragoon Captain Randall, the tale is left blackened and bruised by the defilement of Jamie and Claire by the captain himself. A stunning breakthrough after the main characters’ torment leaves you emotionally unstable and in a state of shock and resentment for the captain Jonathan Randall, as for the light at the end of the tunnel for the lovers is dimmed by the impending doom of the highlanders’ rebellion with Claire and Jamie adjusting to a new life and bringing into the world a new life as well. The story of love between different eras should have you whipped from the beginning and ultimately through the talents of Diana Gabaldon entrances you into a time of rebellion in an iconic time of Scotland’s history.
Many will have seen the popular production of the book as a hit TV series, which does the book a great deal of justice as it is literally the same: as nothing has been greatly changed, as the book is so beloved by the world that the series wouldn’t have done well if main ideas and themes and story lines had been changed. A must read and a must see for those who like fiction historically correct and full of adventure.