9 Books to Read While You Wait for ‘Outlander’ Season 3

Posted on July 8, 2016 by

How is season two of Outlander over already? It seems like just yesterday we were watching Claire takes Jaime’s hand and step into France. And how exactly are we supposed to survive until season three?

Here’s one solution: We’ve gathered a collection of novels, along with their publishers’ descriptions, which will tide you over during the latest Droughtlander. We’ve got books for readers longing to return to France and Scotland, for fans of time travel and detailed historical fiction, and for readers who can’t wait for the themes of reunited lovers coming up in Voyager.

 

America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

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In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph — a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

From her earliest days, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France. And it is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that she learns of her father’s liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age.

Patsy too has fallen in love — with her father’s protégé, William Short, a staunch abolitionist intent on a career in Europe. Heartbroken at having to decide between being William’s wife or a devoted daughter, she returns to Virginia with her father and marries a man of his choosing, raising eleven children of her own.

Yet as family secrets come to light during her father’s presidency, Patsy must again decide how much she will sacrifice to protect his reputation, in the process defining not just Jefferson’s political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.

Read it if: You want to read about the glittering courts of Paris before the revolution  — with a touch of the American founding families thrown in for good measure.

 

Girl on the Golden Coin by Marci Jefferson

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Impoverished and exiled to the French countryside after the overthrow of the English Crown, Frances Stuart survives merely by her blood-relation to the Stuart Royals. But in 1660, the Restoration of Stuart Monarchy in England returns her family to favor. Frances discards threadbare gowns and springs to gilded Fontainebleau Palace, where she soon catches King Louis XIV’s eye. But Frances is no ordinary court beauty, she has Stuart secrets to keep and people to protect. The king turns vengeful when she rejects his offer to become his Official Mistress. He banishes her to England with orders to seduce King Charles II and stop a war.

Armed in pearls and silk, Frances maneuvers through the political turbulence of Whitehall Palace, but still can’t afford to stir a scandal. Her tactic to inspire King Charles to greatness captivates him. He believes her love can make him an honest man and even chooses Frances to pose as Britannia for England’s coins. Frances survives the Great Fire, the Great Plague, and the debauchery of the Restoration Court, yet loses her heart to the very king she must control. Until she is forced to choose between love or war.

On the eve of England’s Glorious Revolution, James II forces Frances to decide whether to remain loyal to her Stuart heritage or, like England, make her stand for Liberty. Her portrait as Britannia is minted on every copper coin. There she remains for generations, an enduring symbol of Britain’s independent spirit and her own struggle for freedom.

Read it if: You’d love to visit both the Sun King’s court and Whitehall Palace.

 

The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne

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She’s never met a man she couldn’t deceive… until now.

She’s braved battlefields. She’s stolen dispatches from under the noses of heads of state. She’s played the worldly courtesan, the naive virgin, the refined British lady, even a Gypsy boy. But Annique Villiers — the elusive spy known as the Fox Cub — has finally met the one man she can’t outwit.

Read it if: You’re into intrigue and romance — and want something Diana Gabaldon herself called “terrific”!

 

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Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught

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Bestselling author Judith McNaught masterfully portrays a remarkable heroine, and an unforgettable passion, in this powerfully moving love story — one of her most beloved novels of all time!

The tempestuous marriage of Alexandra Lawrence, an innocent country girl, and Jordan Townsende, the rich and powerful Duke of Hawthorne, is about to face its ultimate test of tender loyalty. Swept into the endlessly fascinating world of London society, free-spirited Alexandra becomes ensnared in a tangled web of jealousy and revenge, stormy pride, and overwhelming passion. But behind her husband’s cold, arrogant mask, there lives a tender, vital, sensual man — the man Alexandra married. Now, she will fight for his very life… and the rapturous bond they alone can share.

Read it if: You want to read about a married couple reunited after years of separation by a classic romance author.

 

Master of the Highlands by Veronica Wolff

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A modern woman finds true love across the ocean and across time.

A fabulous debut for fans of Diana Gabaldon and Karen Marie Moning.

Lily Hamlin is making a pilgrimage to Scotland with hopes for some direction in her life. There she discovers an overgrown maze and a strange stone map-and lands back in time, in the Lochaber of 1654.

Ewen, Chief of the Clan Cameron, must save his people from the brutal redcoats. But then he meets a saucy lass with a peculiar accent, no regard for his title, and an arousing body. Drawn to each other despite their differences, they both realize that they don’t want her to go back to her own time. But with battles brewing, staying is a gamble.

Read it if: The path to your heart lies through Scottish time-travel romances.

 

The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel

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There is no easy path for a woman aspiring to power.

A concubine at the palace learns quickly that there are many ways to capture the Emperor’s attention. Many paint their faces white and style their hair attractively, hoping to lure in the One Above All with their beauty. Some present him with fantastic gifts, such as jade pendants and scrolls of calligraphy, while others rely on their knowledge of seduction to draw his interest. But young Mei knows nothing of these womanly arts, yet she will give the Emperor a gift he can never forget.

Mei’s intelligence and curiosity, the same traits that make her an outcast among the other concubines, impress the Emperor. But just as she is in a position to seduce the most powerful man in China, divided loyalties split the palace in two, culminating in a perilous battle that Mei can only hope to survive.

In the breakthrough first volume in the Empress of Bright Moon duology, Weina Dai Randel paints a vibrant portrait of ancient China — where love, ambition, and loyalty can spell life of death — and the woman who came to rule it all.

Read it if: You like layered historical fiction featuring women changing the world.

 

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

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In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.

Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.

But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth — the ultimate betrayal — that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her.…

Read it if: You can’t get enough of Scotland and the Jacobites.

 

The Secrets of Flight by Maggie Leffler

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This captivating, breakout novel — told in alternating viewpoints — brings readers from the skies of World War II to the present day, where a woman is prepared to tell her secrets at last.

Estranged from her family since just after World War II, Mary Browning has spent her entire adult life hiding from her past. Now 87-years-old and a widow, she is still haunted by secrets and fading memories of the family she left behind. Her one outlet is the writing group she’s presided over for a decade, though she’s never written a word herself. When a new member walks in — a 15-year-old girl who reminds her so much of her beloved sister Sarah — Mary is certain fate delivered Elyse Strickler to her for a reason.

Mary hires the serious-eyed teenager to type her story about a daring female pilot who, during World War II, left home for the sky and gambled everything for her dreams — including her own identity.

As they begin to unravel the web of Mary’s past, Mary and Elyse form an unlikely friendship. Together they discover it’s never too late for second chances and that sometimes forgiveness is all it takes for life to take flight in the most unexpected ways.

Read it if: You like reading about strong heroines during World War II.

 

The Pride of Lions by Marsha Canham

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It was a boastful wager, a bold flirtation meant to win a proposal from the most eligible officer in His Majesty’s Royal Dragoons. How was the spoiled and pampered Catherine Augustine Ashbrooke to know the handsome stranger with the brooding, midnight eyes would see through her plot and make her the pawn in a dangerous game of his own?

Alexander Cameron may have won the highborn English beauty in a duel, but not even the lure of long-forgotten desires could keep him from his meeting with destiny. He had no choice but to carry his reluctant bride off to the Highlands, to a world of ancient blood feuds and a brewing rebellion — a world where fiery passion and breathtaking courage would prove that even legendary warriors could lose their hearts.

Read it if: You want to read a romance set near the Battle of Culloden, with a fish-out-of-water heroine reluctantly married to a handsome Scot.

What books do you recommend for Outlander fans? Tell us in the comments!

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