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Time travel Romance Works of Fiction You Have to Read

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What do you get when two of the most rejoiced genres team up? – Time Travel Romance. A genre so magical, one that leaps through time. The possibility of meeting anyone in existence and falling head over heels for them. Going to places long forgotten, meeting the love of your life there, witnessing something so illusionary adds a special allure to time travel romance.

If you loved watching the Outlander series and cannot bear the excruciating wait for Outlander season 6, get ahead on the story by exploring this mystical genre. And read these 15 incredible works of fiction based on time travel romances:

1. Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

This historical romance/fantasy has vastly been popularized since its initial publication in 1991. The very first book, Outlander lays a strong foundation drawing attention to the entire series of this magnificent historical romance.

The Outlander series follows the life of a 20th-century British nurse, Claire. Her story begins in the year 1945, where she is seen to spend quality time with her husband on the British Isles, right after the war. Suddenly she finds herself on the Scottish highlands as an “Outlander”, that too in the year 1743.

Hurled back in time, by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into a century of war, violence and danger. But that is when she realizes her love for a dashingly young and gallant Scot warrior, James Fraser. Torn between her love and the anomalous actions of time, her life trajectory is one everyone should read about.

Following the first book, brilliant author Diana Gabaldon has written :

  • Dragonfly in the Amber (1992)
  • Voyager (1993)
  • Drums of Autumn (1996)
  • The Fiery Cross (2001)
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes (2005)
  • An Echo in the Bone (2009)
  • Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (2014)

Thwarted with passion and love with the mystical time travel aspect, this series is sure to even turn non-book admirers into avid readers. And for those few, who’ve had the pleasure of reading this work of fiction, the following time travel romance novels will have you on your toes while you await Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone.

2. Slains Series by Susanna Kearsley

The Slains series by Susanna Kearsley consists of two strikingly beautiful novels which complement each other. Although they were published in an order, the author believes that no book precedes the other.

  • The Winter Sea
  • The Firebird

The Winter Sea‘s protagonist is an author much like Susanna Kearsley herself. Her story begins when she travels to the Slains castle in hopes of turning a historical event into the plot of her next novel. A historical story based on the gallant Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers who nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown, in 1708.

Settling into the Slains castle, as she begins to write, a strange feeling of ancestral memory overcomes her. Thus, Carrie begins to transverse into the mystery of the past and what it might hold for the future, especially when a new romantic interest shows up.

The Firebird holds another great romance about the special powers of Nicola Marter. A woman who can tell the history of an object from the power of touch. A mere museum interaction with a small wooden carving unearths a tale of love, courage, and redemption. Taking the reader back into the era of the regal Russian courts and Jacobites, a book about so strong a romance that it’s unfathomable.

3. A Knight in Shining Armour by Jude Devereux

The epitome of every person’s fantasy. A Knight in Shining Armour portraying its very namesake as a dashing hero from the 16th century swooning our present-day protagonist Dougless Montgomery.

A love kindled by mutual respect between Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck and Dougless flourishes into a compelling tale of love.

Love without reason, love without bounds, love beyond time. The chains of the past emerging as the foundation of the future.

4. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Another best-seller from one of the most celebrated authors of all time, Stephen King. 11/22/63 is not only a historical romance but a book meant to modify history itself.

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. Leading the life of a simple man, any of us would least expect thrill looming above his head. A discovery to not only set a U-turn to his common life but to the whole of America.

When he finds a time-travel portal in a diner of his friend’s, one that travels to 1958, an exciting adventure begins. Following the goal of preventing the Kennedy assassination, he brings forth a new era of Elvis and JFK and love. Falling in love with a high school librarian from 1958, he must make a choice. A normal life or a love story so great that transgresses the normal rules of time.

5. The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

When Eva’s film star sister Katrina dies, she leaves California and returns to Cornwall, where they spent their childhood summers, to scatter Katrina’s ashes and in doing so return her to the place where she belongs. But Eva must also confront the ghosts from her own past, as well as those from a time long before her own. For the house where she so often stayed as a child is home not only to her old friends the Halletts, but also to the people who had lived there in the eighteenth century.

When Eva finally accepts that she is able to slip between centuries and see and talk to the inhabitants from hundreds of years ago, she soon finds herself falling for Daniel Butler, a man who lived – and died – long before she herself was born. Eva begins to question her place in the present, and in laying her sister to rest, comes to realise that she too must decide where she really belongs, choosing between the life she knows and the past she feels so drawn towards.

A modern gothic historical fiction with elements of time travel, reincarnation, and romance by none other than Susanna Kearsley.

6. Love Eternally by Morgan O’Neil

The first book of an entire series of enthralling tales of historical love.

When a witch’s curse propels a talented flautist back into the Roman empire, she finds her destiny in a Roman warrior turned powerful senator. Shaded by a Roman rebellion, a dethroning conspiracy and social upheaval, a book everyone will enjoy. This book grips its readers and transports them into a time where love wins amidst chaotic violence.

7. Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson

A book critically acclaimed and having won many awards, that has been adapted into a time-freezing classic of all time with the same name.

When a modern man falls in love with the portrait of a famous actress from another time, he is bewitched. Captivated by her enchanting beauty, he finds himself in the very time she belongs to. And, he gets to enact out a spellbinding love that transcends time and space. A classic time travel romance that continues to fascinate its readers to date.

8. The Time and Timeless Keeper by Alexandra Monir

A tale about time and the timeless, exploring the ability to go back and forth across time periods. But why would you not, if the love of your life was from another time? Following the enchanting entrance of Michele into an era where her love resides, we see the trajectory her life follows. Using the magic of her journal, she goes back and forth between her life and that of Philip’s. But, will she be able to maintain this balance of love and life, in this tale of time-travel? Read to find out.

9. Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergen

The first read of a series that will have you hooked – River of Time. A vacation in the life of two teenage sisters that change their lives forever. Spending their beautiful summer amongst the medieval castles of rural Tuscany, the Betarrini sisters, discover something. An ancient tomb that transports them into the battle-clashing 14th century. And when Gabi finds her knight in shining armour, her summer turns much more interesting and spending time with her archaeologist parents doesn’t seem like a bad vacation anymore.

10. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Nifferenger

The book that started it all. The first book/movie that comes into anyone’s mind when you think of Time Travel Romance. The novel that pushed this genre into the limelight and inspired countless others to add to its legend.

Centred around a genetic disorder, Henry DeTambe courses through the life of his wife, whom he first met in a time where he did not belong, when she was a little girl. An electrifying piece of literature based on time travel on its face but digging deeper into the struggles of every relationship. A love so maddening, one so deep, and being with a person who knows exactly how your life will unfold, cannot be easy now, can it?

11. Beautiful Wreck by Larissa Brown

The literary equivalent of sitting in a warm pool and soothing your brain. In a world made of virtual reality, Ginn is a designer for the Vikings on VR. But all hell breaks loose when she travels back in time to the 10th century, a time where the Vikings aren’t virtual, they are pretty real.

Being a person so detached from real life, someone who yearns for love, she crosses paths with a man who never thought he’d reside in someone’s heart. With stronger forces than the obligatory force of time venturing to keep them apart, they both struggle to hold on and not let each other go.

12. The River of No Return by Bee Ridgeway

“Though really they were probably both insane. Two grown men dressed up like Mr. Darcy, holding hands behind a tree, trying to pull themselves by the heartstrings back to the long ago.”

Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield, Lord Nicholas Falcott wakes up in twenty-first-century London. The Guild, a secretive fraternity of time travellers, informs him that there is no return. Having transversed the River of No Return, Nicholas strives to find a way and reunite with his darling Julia Percy, who remains in 1815. 

Overwhelmed by space and time, he holds one to its fraying fabric, anticipating the day that the string of fate will bring them together again. A masterpiece of time travel romance by the enrapture of Bee Ridgway’s debut.

13. Remembrance by Jude Deveaux

Is falling in love with fictional characters rational? Well, that’s exactly what happens to Hayden Lane, when she writes about a new character who might be her soulmate. She visits a psychic to learn more about this mysterious brooding man only to learn about her past life as Lady de Grey from the Edwardian England.

A spell goes south and she lands up in the land of her dreams with the man of her dreams. However, obstacles cross their path giving rise to the adventure of a lifetime.

14. The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz is a diverse author, having the quality to make her readers ravish her plots. Here, Faye falls into the ocean and breaks the surface in 1921, where the spitting image of her now-dead husband is staring back at her. Part love story, part supernatural, part mystery, this book is all the things. And, it is an ideal candidate to add to your books to read.

Fourteen enchanting novels about time travel romance ranging from the era of the Vikings to the present day. Imagining the characters that make you swoon in the mysterious backdrops of the Scottish highlands. 14 books, as a challenge in a month where 14 acts as a significant symbol of love.

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