I like time-travel stories and I like historical fiction, so Outlander seemed like a good choice.
First the good parts: The historical facts were very well-described and truly interesting. The main character, Claire, sometimes tells us more than we want to know about the habits of 18th century people. I was interested in what they wore, what they ate, how they treated their ailments. Good stuff.
Next, the not so good: An alternative title could have been "The Never-Ending Story". Oh, wait, that one is taken. I could have done without the romance part of the book. At times, it was too much of a historical soap opera. It is just not possible that soooooooooo many trials could befall two people (Claire and Jamie). Plus, we had to endure chapter after chapter of them making love like bunnies. Just a few discreet scenes would have sufficed. I felt like I was constantly being bombarded with the fact that they were in looooove. Yes, we get it!
The non-ending made me curious to read the sequel. I know, I know, it will be more of the same, but it was still a good story.