Overview: Claire Randall and her husband Frank, have survived World War II and are taking a second honeymoon in Scotland to become reacquainted before returning to normal lives. All goes well as she follows him around town, researching his family tree and she learns about the local herbs. Early one morning, they sneak to the top of a hill covered in standing stones (similar to Stonehenge) and witness a witch ritual. Curious afterword, the two investigate the rocks after the witches leave and Claire finds a rare blue flower. They hurry back home, after coming close to being found by a forgetful witch, and Claire can’t get the flower out of her head. She decides to go back for it and falls through the center of the middle stone. When she does, she is transported back in time to 1743. Struggling to realize what happened, she wondered around and is attacked by the English army, rescued and captured by a man from the clan MacKenzie. In need of a nurse, thanks to the war and impromptu herbal lessens, Claire helped a man named Jaime recover from a bullet wound as they returned home. As things seem to normalize, chaos always seems to be right around the corner. She is thought to be a spy, kidnapped again, forced to marry Jaime (whom she later falls in love with), punished for being kidnapped, breaks into prison, attacked by wolves, almost drowned, cursed and helps her new sister-in-law give birth.
Opinion: Pretty good. First I will admit to have only watched the first five or six episodes of the TV show, so I do have to take the comparisons into account as far as I can. The first section or so seemed a bit…lacking compared to the show. Book Claire is very adamant about not liking Frank’s ancestral digging; as well as viewed botany as more of a new hobby. TV Claire, seems more interested in his work and more knowledgeable of botany than Book Claire. Book Claire also tends to be more whiny about getting home to her own time. Yes it is understandable that she wants to get back home, but she really needed to take a chill pill about it. Compared to the rest of the book, it seemed almost out of character for her to pout so much.
As the book goes on, the characters become stronger and more human-esque. For the most part it was good, but there is still a small part that felt like it was too much. Too many side characters or too much action to make it a 5 star book in my eyes. Still very much worth the read.
The book itself was good, a few typos and strange phrasing but good.