Whether you’ve read through the Outlander series books or binge-watched every episode of the historical romance series, we have recommendations on what you should read next!
If you’re not familiar with the Outlander franchise written by Diana Gabaldon, it follows Claire Randall, a nurse in 1945. Except she doesn’t stay in 1945. She accidentally time travels to the 1743 Scottish Highlands and finds herself in the middle of brutal fighting between the British Red Coats & a rebel group.
Throughout the series, Claire is torn between her new life in the past and the world she came from.
If you haven’t read the series, it’s a great pick for someone looking for an R-rated steamy historical fiction novel who isn’t averse to some intense scenes.
Similar to Outlander, A Knight in Shining Armor features time travel between a present-day female lead and love interest from the 1500s. In this case, a man from the past appears in current times just when he is most needed.
He's appeared for more than love, he needs to clear his name after being falsely accused of treason.
As their relationship develops, she's able to return back to the 1560s giving a detailed look into life in that time period.
If you're looking for a strong historical romance, this will be a great pick. It's been called one of the most romantic novels of all time!
Chicago librarian Henry suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes him to drift unpredictably through time. On one of his travel when Henry is 36, he meets a six-year-old girl named Clare. The two marry at a different point in time when Henry is 31 and Clare is 23.
This is a story about their passionate love for one another, but the complexities of marriage are multiplied by Henry's inability to remain in one time and place. Told from both points of view, the book asks the question, "Don't you think it's better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?”
Looking for a shorter series? The Guardians Trilogy was recommended by Melissa's mom-in-law.
It features 6 mystical characters searching for the fire star on the Greek island of Corfu. Three men and three women each have different strengths and have to work together to save the world. They develop romantic relationships along the way in the fairytale-like series.
The Lake House is a historical thriller also set in two time periods, but both from one lifetime of the main character Alice.
The story is split between her life in 1930s Cornwall when she's a child at the family estate and 1930s London. In the 30s, Alice's younger brother vanishes, devasting the family.
Alice somehow goes on to become a successful author. Late in her life, a young detective stumbles on the now decrepit Cornwall estate, causing her path to cross with Alice and leading the way to truths about the past.
Sometimes we find quotes that summarize books better than we can, and this is one of those times.
Here's what Publishers Weekly had to say about The Dream Daughter:
"Exciting and heartfelt...Chamberlain expertly blends the time-travel elements with the wonderful story of a mother’s love and the depths of sacrifice she makes for her child. This is a page-turning crowd-pleaser."
"A Murder In Time" is dumb. It starts with a cheesy satanic cult ritual and then moves on to FBI agent Kendra, who can't seem to move on from griping mentally about how chauvinistic her colleagues are. Ugh. I closed the book at that point, so maybe it gets better, but I wasn't willing to spend the time to find out.