Virgins by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander #0.5)

virginsMourning the death of his father and gravely injured at the hands of the English, Jamie Fraser finds himself running with a band of mercenaries in the French countryside, where he reconnects with his old friend Ian Murray. Both are nursing wounds; both have good reason to stay out of Scotland; and both are still virgins, despite several opportunities to remedy that deplorable situation with ladies of easy virtue. But Jamie’s love life becomes infinitely more complicated—and dangerous—when fate brings the young men into the service of Dr. Hasdi, a Jewish gentleman who hires them to escort two priceless treasures to Paris. One is an old Torah; the other is the doctor’s beautiful daughter, Rebekah, destined for an arranged marriage. Both Jamie and Ian are instantly drawn to the bride-to-be—but they might be more cautious if they had any idea who they’re truly dealing with.

So first off I’ve never read Outlander but I have seen the first series of the amazon original. I really enjoyed it and when I was at the library I noticed this and thought it would be a quick and easy may t get me into the series.

I’ve always been apprehensive of the Outlander series due to being Scottish myself. So when reading this I was surprised to see how much I enjoyed it. I really like the way that the dialect was written as it felt like a Scottish accent and it made me feel really connected to the characters and the story.

I know how long the Outlander books are but this is a really short 130 page novella but it is a really enjoyable story just following Jamie and Ian.

I really liked how there was a central story but it also had small side stories that made things really compelling. I really didn’t want to put this book down.  I liked the way it was written but I also struggled with how it moved between voices; it switched between Ian’s first person, Jamie’s first person and then third person. It did have page breaks but due to being a novella it didn’t really have any chapter segmentation.

This is a really short review because with such a short story there isn’t much to talk about because it’s lovely and short. I am planning on reading Outlander really soon.


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