An entertaining episode of fiction and history The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon provides a good story, but only that. With all the fan fare that surrounded the book, there tends to be a higher standard that is accompanied to justify the popularity. This book is good. The characters are endearing and full bodied, leading to interesting dialogue and developments. The settings are rich and easily enrapture the imagination. The story itself is intricate and isn’t explicit after the first fifteen pages, which is more common in a romance novel. But all of this could be seen in a good book from the New-York times best seller list, not something that’s been made into a TV series and is the hallmark for hallmark movie aspirations. The only truly remarkable thing is the intelligence of our leading lady Claire. The rational demeanor in which she takes on her new surroundings, adjusts to barbaric situations and overcomes adversity is the most engaging part of this book. Her sarcastic wit is charming and encourages you to continue reading despite the rest of the novel being good. If the bar wasn’t so high from its stardom, it would be a recommended read for a lonely heart looking for something smart. But as it stands, it is just above average and only worth reading if you want to understand what all the nonsense is about.

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