My emotional reaction as I read this series was mostly humor, because Claire's character is witty and sarcastic, especially when she makes jokes to a person in the 17th century that would clearly make no sense to them!
I would recommend this series to anyone who loves a book that features strong character personalities, and who also love to read a bit of science fiction with a good dose of humour thrown in. I wouldn't recommend this series to a romance novelist fan, because I think the plots of the story completely overshadows the mushy romance, meaning that the storyline is much more exiting.
The story is set all over the world - beginning in Scotland, then France and many other places, eventually ending up in America.
Claire Randall, a 1940s housewife, goes back in time through some mystical stones in Scotland and meets Jamie Fraser, a 17th Century Highlander. They are married through neccessity and not out of love, all the time while Claire is already married to Frank, who is stuck in the 1940s. Claire can't tell anyone where she came from, but she has a good knowledge of history so she adapts to her surroundings well in order not to be discovered.
At first, Claire seems meek and shy but her true colours come out as she battles for survival when she is attacked by Jack Black Randall, a red coat from the 17th century. She is intelligent enough to realise she can't tell anyone where she is from as they'd label her a witch, but has to cope with the horrifying fact that she is 200 years away from her husband Frank and can't do anything about it.
The whole theme of the story is Claire and Jamie's relationship, and how it continues and survives throughout the series. Although Claire is only with Jamie for 3 years in the 17th Century and spends the next 20 years with Frank, the story manages 7 books on Claire and Jamie, whereas Frank is largely left out.
The message of this series shows the progress of Jamie and Claire's relationship, how they became together by accident and then were torn apart during war conflict. But they still manage to end up together 20 years later and are still completely in love, showing that they were always meant to be together, despite living in seperate centuries.
I have never been a fan of Romance novels and picked out one of Diana Gabaldon's books upon reading the back and finding the plot interesting and different. The closest other author that could be considered a romance novelist that I've read would be Daphne DuMaurier, although her stories are a bit more ling winded than Diana Gabaldon's.
I associate the character Claire Fraser totally with Diana Gabaldon, maybe because on her books, she is pictured standing near some stones, is not very tall and has curly brown hair, which depicts Claire in the novels. I believe Diana Gabaldon is also married to a Scottish man also, just like Claire Fraser. I believe that Diana's sense of humour reflects that of Claire's, as this particular sense of humour does not emerge in Diana's other books such as the Lord John series.
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