Are you missing new episodes of Outlander as much as we are? Already (re)read all the books and novellas and Lord John books and excerpts from Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone? And maybe listened to all of the audio books too? It can’t just be me, so here are a few books I’ve been reading this summer to get me through the wait!
The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
After the death of her sister, Eva returns to the old house she summered in as a child on the Cornish coast. But when a long ramble through the woods along the coastal cliffs leads her not to the modern rose gardens of Trelowarth, but to a very different Trelowarth in 1715 and the dashing Jacobite smuggler Daniel Butler, Eva must chose between the safety of the present and danger and love in the past.
Cornwall! Smugglers! Secret caves! Time travel! Susanna Kearsley is amazing, and she has lots more books.
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Violin prodigy Etta Spencer is in the middle of a performance when she hears the air screaming. At first she thinks it’s feedback, but no one else seems to be able to hear it. Humiliated, Etta leaves the stage – and stumbles across the body of her beloved teacher, Alice. When one of her fellow performers appears and shoves her through a madly vibrating hole in the world, Etta wakes up on a ship on the Atlantic off the coast of America… in 1776.
Bhutan, 1910. New York City, present day. London, 1940. Paris, 1880. These are just a few of the places author Alexandra Bracken takes her readers – make sure you’re along for the ride!
Into the Dim by Janet Taylor
When her mother is killed in an earthquake in India, Hope’s father sends her to her mysterious aunt’s ancestral home in Scotland. There, Hope learns that her mother may not be dead – she is part of a secret society of time travelers and has been trapped in 12th century London. With the help of two other travelers, Hope must go back in time to 1154, find her mother, and hunt down a long-lost artifact a rogue group of travelers is desperate to get its hands on – in only three days.
Eleanor of Aquitaine for the win! Also, Scotland. Read this book!
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Nix has spent her life sailing beside her father, Slate, searching for a way to return to Hawaii to save her lost mother. The trick? Nix and her father are time travelers, and once they have been to a particular place and time, they cannot return to that exact location. And, to make things even trickier, they must have an original, complete map to the location that was inked in the year to which they are traveling. When a map of 1868 Honolulu comes up for auction at Christie’s in New York in 1981, Slate knows this must be the one – the map that will bring him back to his wife before she died. And before Nix was born.
The other cool thing about the time travel in this book? Nix and her father can travel anywhere with a map – even if those places aren’t real. I love all the bits and pieces of fairy tales and fantastic places floating around in Nix’s world – including some of the characters!
All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
Okay, so Matthew is a centuries-old vampire and Diana is a modern witch, but… so much incredible history! And (minor spoiler alert) time travel! And romance on such an epic scale. Also, every librarian’s favorite thing – the Bodleian Library at Oxford. Because the only thing we love more than books is when those books are housed in a super cool historical space. With ladders. If you haven’t already discovered this trilogy, there are three deliciously giant books that might just help get you through.
Good luck! And be sure to let us know if you discover any other titles to get you through #droughtlander… Je suis prest.