Are you suffering through the Droughtlander? If so, we have just the list for you! Below is a list of books to read based on some of our favorite Outlander characters. (And no, Black Jack Randall isn’t one of them!). Publishers’ included below.
Claire Randall Fraser
Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati
Weaving a tapestry of fact and fiction, Sara Donati’s epic novel sweeps us into another time and place… and into a breathtaking story of love and survival in a land of savage beauty.
It is December of 1792. Elizabeth Middleton leaves her comfortable English estate to join her family in a remote New York mountain village. It is a place unlike any she has ever experienced. And she meets a man unlike any she has ever encountered — a white man dressed like a Native American: Nathaniel Bonner, known to the Mohawk people as Between-Two-Lives. Determined to provide schooling for all the children of the village, Elizabeth soon finds herself locked in conflict with the local slave owners as well as with her own family. Interweaving the fate of the Mohawk Nation with the destiny of two lovers, Sara Donati’s compelling novel creates a complex, profound, passionate portrait of an emerging America.
Why fans of Claire will love it: Elizabeth is a strong woman thrown into a strange new land, and she deals with her frightening surroundings with courage and aplomb. Plus, you’ll love the scene in which Claire plays a cameo role as a battlefield surgeon!
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
Once upon a time… as a fair maiden lay weeping upon a cold tombstone, her heartfelt desire was suddenly made real before her: tall, broad of shoulder, attired in gleaming silver and gold, her knight in shining armor had come to rescue his damsel in distress…
Abandoned by her lover, thoroughly modern Dougless Montgomery finds herself alone and brokenhearted in an old English church. She never dreamed that a love more powerful than time awaited her there… until Nicholas Stafford, Earl of Thornwyck, a 16th-century knight, appeared. Drawn to him by a bond so sudden and compelling that it defied reason, Dougless knew that Nicholas was nothing less than a miracle: a man who would not seek to change her, who found her perfect just as she was. But she could not know how strong were the chains that tied them to the past — or the grand adventure that lay before them.
Why fans of Jamie will love it: Deveraux’s novel is a classic love story that spans centuries, and the Earl of Thornwyck is a passionate, hot hero from another world that will please Jamie’s most ardent supporters.
The French War Bride by Robin Wells
“I never knew what he saw in you.”
At her assisted living center in Wedding Tree, Louisiana, 93-year-old Amélie O’Connor is in the habit of leaving her door open for friends. One day she receives an unexpected visitor — Kat Thompson, the ex-fiancée of her late husband, Jack.
Kat and Jack were high school sweethearts who planned to marry when Jack returned from France after World War II. But in a cruel twist of fate, their plans were irrevocably derailed when a desperate French girl overheard an American officer’s confession in a Parisian church…
Now Kat wants to know the truth behind a story that’s haunted her whole life. Finding out how Amélie stole Jack’s heart will — she thinks — finally bring her peace. As Amélie recalls the dark days of the Nazi occupation of Paris, The French War Bride reveals how history shapes the courses of our lives… for better or for worse.
Why fans of Frank will love it: This World War II story of compassion and forgiveness shows that our lives are shaped by fate, no matter how great our love for another.
Riveted by Meljean Brook
A century after a devastating volcanic eruption forced Iceland’s inhabitants to abandon its shores, the island became shrouded in secrecy. Five years ago, Annika unwittingly endangered that secret, but her sister Källa took the blame and was exiled. Now Annika serves on the airship Phatéon, flying from port to port in search of her sister and longing to return home. But that home is threatened when expedition leader David Kentewess comes aboard.
Determined to solve the mystery of his own origin, David will stop at nothing to expose Annika’s secrets. But when disaster strikes, leaving David and Annika stranded on a glacier and pursued by a madman, their very survival depends on keeping the heat rising between them — and generating lots of steam…
Why fans of Colum will love it: This scifi read features the intelligent and noble David — a man capable of great deeds despite his disability. If Colum Mackenzie had lived in a different time with better treatment for his condition, what other great things might he have achieved?
The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried, and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha’s courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.
Kathleen Kent is a 10th generation descendent of Martha Carrier. She paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of one family’s deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution.
Why fans of Geillis will love it: Say what you will about Geillis, but she had it tough. This novel features a real life heroine who counters persecution with courage, and it deals with the very traumatic reality of witch hunts.
A Mother’s Secret by Renita D’Silva
What if you discovered that everything you knew about yourself was a lie?
When pregnant Jaya loses her mother, then her baby son Arun in a tragic cot death, her world crashes down. Overcome by grief and guilt, she begins to look for answers — to the enigma of her lonely, distant mother, and her mysterious past in India.
Looking through her mother’s belongings, she finds two diaries and old photographs, carrying the smoky aroma of fire. A young boy smiles out at Jaya from every photograph — and in one, a family stand proudly in front of a sprawling mansion. Who is this child? And why did her mother treasure this memento of a regal family lost to the past?
Why fans of Brianna will love it: Like Brianna, the heroine in this novel deals with a shocking family discovery and is forced to rethink her identity and come to terms with who she really is.
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behavior leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love — and its threatened loss — the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.
Why fans of Jenny will love it: Elinor Dashwood is a loving and loyal sister who has had familial responsibility thrust on her from a young age. Bound by the conventions of her time, she deals with her family’s struggles with fortitude.
Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, RN, and Stephen Maturin, ship’s surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of a life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson’s navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.
Why fans of Murtagh will love it: Like Murtagh and Jamie, this novel’s core protagonists — Aubrey and Stephen — are loyal to each other through thick and thin.
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