Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Recommended Reading | Time Travel Romance Books


My recommended reading posts have always been a way for me to highlight the books I've read within a year and want to recommend to all to pick up too... I'm keen to expand this blog series of mine now, featuring throughout the year (not just at the end), to include recommendations based on specific topics.

I love a good time travel book, and in particular, I've found I tend to enjoy time travel books that feature romance... I think there are a number of reasons for this, but with perhaps the prominent one being that connection grounds time travel books for me, allowing them to feel more realistic and relatable. Today, I'm sharing five time travel romance books that I've read & loved over the years.

All the books featured in my recommended reading posts I have read myself and would, of course, recommend.

This book sparked my love of time travel romance... I went out on a limb when first picking up The Time Traveler's Wife, as it just didn't sound like my kind of book at all; I was wrong. I fell head first in to the love story Clare & Henry, and have returned a number of times with that same feeling still present.

The thing I particularly enjoy about The Time Traveler's Wife, that sets itself apart a little from the other books featured on this list, is that the plot not only follows them as they grapple with the time travel element of their relationship, but that as readers we are able to follow them as they grow, evolve, and attempt to normalise their relationship - with jobs, a friendship circle, marriage, starting a family, and so on.

The Time Traveler's Wife is a chunky book, it requires commitment, but well rewarded with a wonderful story unfolding.

The Summer of Impossible Things was the first book of Rowan Coleman's I read, and since then I have consumed close to a handful more of them - she has a beautiful way with words, and captures characters and feelings so perfectly. 

After the death of their mother, sisters Luna & Pia travel to New York to settle some loose ends regarding their mothers estate. Whilst there, they visit their mother's hometown of Bay Ridge, including the house she grew up in, and whilst there, Luna finds herself transported back to 1977 - a pivotal year in her mother's life. With newfound knowledge and abilities, Luna sets out to potentially change the course of history. 

The romance in this book is not the main plot line, as you can probably tell from my shortened plot explanation above, however it does play a large part in the story. Love as a whole is central to the plot of this book.

Katrina leaves the home she has made for herself in California, and returns to Cornwall where she and her family spent many happy summers, with plans of scattering her sister Eva's ashes there. 

In Cornwall, Katrina situates herself at Trelowarth House, the home of family friends of their youth but who also still live there now; with Trelowarth as her base and familiar people around her, Katrina is soon settled... That is until she finds herself in an 18th century Trelowarth House, occupied by Daniel Butler.

You'll find elements of romance, time travel and historical fiction within the pages of The Rose Garden, with romance being the focal point for sure. Of all the books on this list I'd describe this as the 'lightest', but a great story nonetheless.

Lux is a single mother, living in San Francisco, doing the best she can for herself and her son... But she needs a break. Taking herself off for a little retreat, camping in the Sonoma Valley, she stumbles across a community (Greengage) that she instantly connects with - the location, the people, the lifestyle... The only trouble is Greengage is living in the early 1900's and Lux has come from the 1970's. 

I don't want to say too much about this book, as it would be so easy to spoil the plot... I will conclude by saying that this is a story of wonder, responsibilities, and belonging.

Also, I loved the community of Greengage.

I have saved the best for the last... I only read this book last year (it was only released last year also), but I can confidently say it is a firm favourite of all time.

What The Wind Knows follows Anne Gallagher, an American woman who journeys to Ireland in order to scatter the ashes of her recently passed grandfather. Whilst doing just that - scattering the ashes - in the middle of Lough Gill, Anne finds that she is no longer in modern day Ireland, but the unfamiliar setting of 1920's Ireland - a time of turmoil for the country whilst they battle for independence. 

There is so much beauty in What The Wind Knows, and I was entirely wrapped up and captivated throughout my time with this book... You are in for a treat with this one!
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So that concludes my list of time travel books featuring a romance... Whilst writing up this post I did reflect on my own reviews of these books, with two of them including quotes from the books; I thought I'd end this post by sharing them below.

FROM THE SUMMER OF IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BY ROWAN COLEMAN
'"Love outlasts even death. It's present in every moment, even those filled with darkness; it's never exhausted, it never gives up or waivers. It's the one force of the universe that will never be captured by an equation or your science."'

FROM WHAT THE WIND KNOWS BY AMY HARMON
'"Someone very wise told me that we keep the people we love in our hearts. We never lose them as long as we can remember how it felt to be loved by them."'

If you have any recommendations to add to this list, be sure to leave them in the comments below!
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10 comments

  1. I love time-travel too! The only other time-travel romance I can think of is Cold Summer by Gwen Cole. It’s over-the-top angsty, but I mostly liked it.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Ooo… This is a new to me title; thanks for sharing!

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  2. Time travel is one of my least favourite tropes, but I read The Lost Girls by Jennifer Spence last year and really liked the way she utilised it.

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    1. You have me interested - I'll have to look into this book. Thanks!

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  3. I have to admit - I have really hard time with time travel! The paradoxes of it and the rules governing how they're resolved are rarely explained to my satisfaction, so I can find them frustrating. I hadn't realized there were so many time travel romances!

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    1. Ah, I totally get you... Some time travel I just can't get in to, but I do think as a whole you have to suspend disbelief a little regardless.

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  4. Thanks for the recs. I love a good time traveling story.

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  5. I love time travel and a good romance mixed in with it just ups the stakes so much more! These all sound fabulous. Another one I REALLY liked was Here and Now and Then. Highly rec!

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    1. Thanks for the rec - I do actually have that title on my wishlist, but it is proving to be quite difficult to track down a reasonably priced copy here in the UK.

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