Amanda's DNF review: Outlander (Yup.)

Published on July 2005 (reprint)
Published by Delacorte
Source: Bought (and I regret that)
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life...and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

I am pretty sure I should feel shame for this, but I don't.

I have a pretty strong rant about romance novels in general and why I dislike them (but I will keep that to myself).  I thought this one would be different for me.  It is about Scotland.  It has time traveling.  It is supposed to be one of the best romances of all time.

The story was so intruiging.  I made it around 300 pages before I decided two things:

1. I was entirely grossed out by the sex.
2. I was also entirely unnerved by the amount of attempted rape.

I get that it is a big girl book, and big girl books usually have sex.  I am fine with that- whatever.  And shockingly this sex happened within a marriage.  However, the amount of sex was a bit ridiculous.  It completely overtook the entire story.  ENTIRE.

And the rape.  Seriously.  I get angry when I feel like serious things like this are trivialized.  Oh I almost got raped- let's have sex to make it all better and then ho hum go on our way giggling.  Oh I almost got raped again, whew good thing I am fine now.  Oh my husband is going to beat me on my bare behind because I didn't listen to him- I guess I deserved it.  NO.  This is not a historical story- this is a modern woman being beaten and just accepts it.  I'm not gonna lie- I was a bit horrified.

 One of the biggest problems- take out all the sex and I just didn't find the romance believable AT ALL.  I didn't find Jamie to be some sort of dashing hero.  He actually seemed kinda gross.  (I can't believe I am saying this- he is idolized in the romance community).

I might check out the TV show, but since it is Starz- my guess is that they will follow the books closely.  I am seriously disappointed by how much I was looking forward to reading this book and how much I didn't like it.

This book will float along in the land of DNF (Did not finish) for me.

I want a book with passion, love, romance, but also purpose, intelligence, caring, and depth.  I didn't find that here.

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