Are you an Outlander fan searching for the perfect holiday gift? We’ve rounded up a list of new books to put on your wish list that will tide you over while you wait for the next in the series! Whether you’re addicted to the TV show, love a good romance, or can’t get enough historical details, we’ve got something for everyone! Publishers’ descriptions are included below.
For fans of the TV show
The Making of Outlander by Tara Bennett
It was only a matter of time before Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling Outlander saga made the leap from book to hit TV series, and the millions of readers captivated by the epic romance of Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser have eagerly followed.
Now the must-watch drama has inspired this must-have guide, which reveals that it takes a village (or perhaps a Scottish isle) to bring the breathtaking world of Outlander to life in front of our eyes. Spanning the first two seasons of the Starz network sensation, The Making of Outlander leads readers behind the scenes and straight into the action as cast members, writers, producers, musicians, costume designers, set decorators, technicians, and more share the many adventures and challenges they face to make this sweeping saga come alive on the screen.
Best of all, The Making of Outlander offers a veritable feast of lavish photographs—including an array of images spotlighting the stars in all their characters’ grandeur and up-close personal portraits. Featuring an introduction by Diana Gabaldon herself, this magnificent insider’s look at the world of the Outlander TV series is the companion all fans will want by their side.
Why you’ll want it: This is an official companion to the TV series, so you know the information will be both eye-opening and enthralling.
“I Give You My Body…” How I Write Sex Scenes by Diana Gabaldon
In this revealing compendium, acclaimed writer Diana Gabaldon shares her invaluable lessons for creating an immersive reading experience, from evoking a mood to using the power of emotions to communicate physical intimacy. You’ll learn the difference between gratuitous sex and genuine encounters that move the story forward, and how to handle less-than-savory acts that nevertheless serve a narrative purpose. Gabaldon also notes that sex can be conveyed instead of described. With such tips as “The Rule of Three” for involving the senses, handy lists of naughty euphemisms (with instructions for use), and Gabaldon’s own examples from the Outlander novels, “I Give You My Body…” is a master class in writing to draw readers in and keep them riveted to the page.
Why you’ll want it: One of the things Outlander is known for is the steamy sex scenes, leaving many fans to wonder just how Gabaldon works her magic. Even if you’re not a writer yourself, you’ll appreciate the inside information.
Outlander Kitchen by Theresa Carle-Sanders
Claire Beauchamp Randall’s incredible journey from postwar Britain to eighteenth-century Scotland and France is a feast for all five senses, and taste is no exception. From Claire’s first lonely bowl of porridge at Castle Leoch to the decadent roast beef served after her hasty wedding to Highland warrior Jamie Fraser, from gypsy stew and jam tarts to fried chicken and buttermilk drop biscuits, there are enough mouth-watering meals along the way to whet the appetite of even the most demanding palate.
Now professional chef and founder of OutlanderKitchen.com Theresa Carle-Sanders offers up this extraordinary cuisine for your table. Featuring more than one hundred recipes, Outlander Kitchen retells Claire and Jamie’s incredible story through the flavors of the Scottish Highlands, the French Revolution, and beyond. Following the high standards for prodigious research and boundless creativity set by Diana Gabaldon herself, Carle-Sanders draws on the events and characters of the novels to deliver delicious and inventive dishes that highlight local ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. Yet amateur chefs need not fear: These doable, delectable recipes have been updated for today’s modern kitchens.
Why you’ll want it: You’ve read about the different foods your favorite characters — now you can the recipes for yourself!
For romance addicts
A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean
Miss Lillian Hargrove has lived much of her life alone in a gilded cage, longing for love and companionship. When an artist offers her pretty promises and begs her to pose for a scandalous portrait, Lily doesn’t hesitate… until the lying libertine leaves her in disgrace. With the painting now public, Lily has no choice but to turn to the one man who might save her from ruin. The Duke of Warnick loathes all things English, none more so than the aristocracy. It does not matter that the imposing Scotsman has inherited one of the most venerable dukedoms in Britain he wants nothing to do with it, especially when he discovers that the unwanted title comes with a troublesome ward, one who is far too old and far too beautiful to be his problem. Warnick arrives in London with a single goal: get the chit married and see her become someone else’s problem, then return to a normal, quiet life in Scotland. It’s the perfect plan, until Lily declares shell only marry for love… and the Scot finds that there is one thing in England he likes far too much.
Why you’ll want it: The book takes a modern concept — a private photo leak — and turns it on its head with a historical twist. Plus, it features a very sexy Scotsman.
Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch
Scotland, 1812: He’s ferocious and rugged to the bone, an English soldier more at home on the battlefield than in any Society drawing room. And when Major Gabriel Forrester learns that he’s inherited the massive Scottish Highlands title and estate of a distant relation, the last thing he wants to do is give up the intensity of the battlefield for the too-soft indulgences of noble life. But Gabriel Forrester does not shirk his responsibilities, and when he meets striking, raven-eyed lass Fiona Blackstock, his new circumstances abruptly become more intriguing.
Like any good Highlander, Fiona despises the English — and the new Duke of Lattimer is no exception. Firstly, he is far too attractive for Fiona’s peace of mind. Secondly, his right to “her” castle is a travesty, since it’s been clan Maxwell property for ages. As the two enter a heated battle of wills, an unexpected passion blazes into a love as fierce as the Highlands themselves. Is Fiona strong enough to resist her enemy’s advances — or is Gabriel actually her hero in disguise?
Why you’ll want it: This book features two strong characters — one English, one Scottish. They may not fall in love at first sight, but they do have an intense emotional connection. Sound familiar, Sassenach?
My Seductive Highlander by Maeve Greyson
Though part of a legacy of time-traveling sisters, Lilia Sinclair is planted firmly in 21st-century Edinburgh. Her granny’s matchmaking with 13th-century Highlanders isn’t about to lure her into the past, especially as ancient Scotland enters troubled times. After all, Lilia is blessed — or cursed — with dire prophetic visions. To protect herself, she’s put up an icy emotional wall no man could cross — until a pair of gorgeous, rippling arms breaks right through.
Graham MacTavish is pure trouble. Once the dragon bound to Loch Ness, he’s transformed into a philanderer of the first order. In fact, because of his dalliances with other men’s wives, a rival clan wants his head on a pike. Before he provokes an all-out war, Graham is banished to the 21st century, where he must win Lilia’s hand — or return to die. But after meeting a lass as fierce as any Highland warrior, Graham knows one thing: life with Lilia, in any century, is a fate to embrace.
Why you’ll want it: In this delightful time-traveling story, a Highland Scot from the past is sent to the present day to find his true love.
The Time Traveler’s Christmas by Amy Jarecki
Tougher than oxhide, Lachlan Wallace can take about anything except a breakup call from his wife two minutes before competing in the Karate Championship of the World. Arriving home with a loss, he agrees to watch his uncle’s cat over the holidays. Or so he thinks — until he awakes on a 14th-century battlefield beside a woman fighting for her life.
Taken from her at the age of two, Lady Christina de Moray hasn’t seen her son in 13 years. While traveling with Robert the Bruce’s army to exchange an English prisoner for the lad, a battle erupts. Losing the fight, Christina is rescued by a mysterious warrior while the English escape with her son yet again.
Left with no way back to the21st century, Lachlan agrees to help Christina rescue the lad from his English captors. If the heir is not returned by Christmas next, the Bruce will make his decision whom to grant the de Moray lands, including Lady Christina’s hand. Once his duty is fulfilled, Lachlan hopes to discover a way home — as long as he keeps his mind on the goal and ignores his growing love for the spirited woman who gives him her trust — and her heart.
Why you’ll want it: With a name like Lachlan Wallace, how can the hero of this novel not make you swoon? Not to mention, this tale through time is packed with historical detail.
For history buffs
To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin
In February 1887, Caitriona Wallace and Émile Nouguier meet in a hot air balloon, floating high above Paris, France — a moment of pure possibility. But back on firm ground, their vastly different social strata become clear. Cait is a widow who because of her precarious financial situation is forced to chaperone two wealthy Scottish charges. Émile is expected to take on the bourgeois stability of his family’s business and choose a suitable wife. As the Eiffel Tower rises, a marvel of steel and air and light, the subject of extreme controversy and a symbol of the future, Cait and Émile must decide what their love is worth.
Seamlessly weaving historical detail and vivid invention, Beatrice Colin evokes the revolutionary time in which Cait and Émile live — one of corsets and secret trysts, duels and Bohemian independence, strict tradition and Impressionist experimentation. To Capture What We Cannot Keep, stylish, provocative, and shimmering, raises probing questions about a woman’s place in that world, the overarching reach of class distinctions, and the sacrifices love requires of us all.
Why you’ll want it: This historical fiction novel combines two of our favorite Outlander settings — Scotland and Paris!
The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville
1941. In the chaos of wartime Marseille, American engineer — and occult disciple — Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including Surrealist theorist André Breton. In the strange games of the dissident diplomats, exiled revolutionaries, and avant-garde artists, Parsons finds and channels hope. But what he unwittingly unleashes is the power of dreams and nightmares, changing the war and the world forever.
1950. A lone Surrealist fighter, Thibaut, walks a new, hallucinogenic Paris, where Nazis and the Resistance are trapped in unending conflict, and the streets are stalked by living images and texts — and by the forces of Hell. To escape the city, he must join forces with Sam, an American photographer intent on recording the ruins, and make common cause with a powerful, enigmatic figure of chance and rebellion: the exquisite corpse. But Sam is being hunted. And new secrets will emerge that will test all their loyalties — to each other, to Paris old and new, and to reality itself.
Why you’ll want it: Mixing history and fantasy, this alternate history explores a horrifying idea — what if the Nazis had never been defeated?
The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter by John Pipkin
In late-18th-century Ireland, Caroline Ainsworth is an accidental stargazer and an orphan. Her adopted father, the astronomer Arthur Ainsworth, lived a life of obsession, hunting an unknown planet near Mercury, often with his precocious daughter at his side. But his fevered search left him blind from staring into the sun; his love and livelihood lost to him, he chose death over a darkened life.
Grief-stricken, Caroline abandons the search. She buries her love for Finnegan O’Siodha, the blacksmith’s gifted, tinkering son. But her father has left her more than she knew: His cryptic atlas holds the secret to finding a new world at the remote edge of the sky. As Caroline reluctantly resumes the search and confronts her longings, Ireland is swept into rebellion, and Caroline and Finnegan plunged into its violence.
Caroline’s story unfolds against the background of factual events, and the biography of real-life and legendary astronomer William Herschel. In 1781, Herschel is still an obscure German musician, living with his sister in Bath, England, and building telescopes. Between music lessons, both Herschels study the heavens, William compiling a catalogue of double-stars. And when, quite by accident, he stumbles upon a new planet, far beyond the known boundaries of the solar system, his discovery will forever transform the lives of all these characters.
Why you’ll want it: This 18th-century historical fiction novel is perfect for readers who loved exploring Claire’s knack for herbs and medicine.
Bury the Living by Jodi McIsaac
Rebellion has always been in the O’Reilly family’s blood. So when faced with the tragic death of her brother during Northern Ireland’s infamous Troubles, a teenage Nora joined the IRA to fight for her country’s freedom. Now, more than a decade later, Nora is haunted by both her past and vivid dreams of a man she has never met.
When she is given a relic belonging to Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland, the mystical artifact transports her back 80 years — to the height of Ireland’s brutal civil war. There she meets the alluring stranger from her dreams, who has his own secrets — and agenda. Taken out of her own time, Nora has the chance to alter the fortunes of Ireland and maybe even save the ones she loves. In this captivating and adventurous novel from Jodi McIsaac, history belongs to those with the courage to change it.
Why you’ll want it: This fantastical book follows Nora, a teenager whisked back in time to Ireland’s civil war. She’s a strong heroine you’re sure to adore as much as Claire.
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