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Subject: Time Travel Romance?
Date Posted: 1/28/2010 3:00 PM ET
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I'm a little leary about reading a time travel romance.  I only ready historical romance and I guess I'm too much of a realist. It just seems too silly to get into a storyline where a modern day woman gets taken back in time or a medieval warrior gets transported to modern day.  I do see on PBS though that these kind of books seem to get a lot of praise and high stars.  Is there anyone who was leary like me that took the jump and actually now likes the whole time travel genre?

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 3:06 PM ET
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When you say you like historicals, I hope that includes regencies... If so, you might like Lisa Kleypas' Prince of Dreams.

Like you, I really can't get excited about the time travel plot. Prince of Dreams is more like a reincarnation story, with both h/h having known each other in another place and time. Good book and no WL wait (my copy is a keeper, but there are others available).


Date Posted: 1/28/2010 3:10 PM ET
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I love time travel romance.  Well, I love all romance.  LOL   But I agree that time travel can be done in a not so good way - like all of the sudden this person is thrust back in time two hundred years and she just shrugs her shoulders and carries on?  Huh. 

Anyway, Karen Marie Moning's highlander series are excellent time travel books.  Lynn Kurland has a ton, too - more emotional, less sexy.  Janet Chapman is reliable.  None of her books are outstanding, but I haven't read any of her Highlander books that I didn't like.

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 3:27 PM ET
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Have you read any Time Travel romances?  If so, which ones?  What romances are your favorites?

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 5:02 PM ET
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Well, Outlander  by Diana Gabaldon sat in my TBR pile for months because I had the same hesitation.  But OMG is it a great book!   The heroine totally does not "accept" that she's in the past, so its very believable.   Karen  Marie Moning has some good ones, as stated above.   Lynn Kurlands are good but very clean (little or NO bedroom scenes).  If you're on Goodreads, I believes there's quite a slew of recommendations on their boards.

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 7:16 PM ET
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Just had to say that.

To actually contribute to this thread, I recommend Linda Lael Miller's time travels and also Linda LaRoque's turquoise trilogy (so far only two are published). My friends are always very entertained by my enthusiasm on this subject. I am overwhelmed with joy when I find a good one, especially a western historical time travel romance. Give me a horse and a dog in my story and I'm a happy camper.

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 9:16 PM ET
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I have Outlander, Voyager and Knight in Shining Armor on my TBR but have been hesitant despite all the good reviews. My good friend keeps telling me what a fool I am to not jump into Outlander - its one of her very favorite novels - she goes to DG book signings lol. I really need to read it but the am a bit intimidated by the epic scope of the series.

Date Posted: 1/28/2010 9:58 PM ET
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Sandra Hill's Viking series is a great, laugh out loud funny time traveling series. I love the misunderstood words, In one the Hero is in a mental hospital 'cause he "thinks" he's a time traveler. the Heroine introduces herself as Doctor..... and he thinks she says dock whore... hilarity ensues

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Date Posted: 1/28/2010 10:00 PM ET
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I love time travel books!!  You kinda have to just go with the flow and go with the storyline rather than trying to analyze it.  I have read sooo many that I have loved.  I don't really care for regency, highlander, etc (but I don't care for those time periods in straight historicals anyway) - I prefer the backgrounds that take place in the USA, the west, the south (pre-civil war, during and after).  I have a hard time posting the ones I have (and I have a lot) because I think I will re-read my favorites at some point in time.

Some authors I've liked are Linda Lael Miller, Constance O'Day Flannery, Stobie Piel,  and Sandra Hill.




Date Posted: 1/28/2010 10:21 PM ET
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Now see, I tried one of those Sandra Hill's Viking books, and could not even get through half of it- it just did not appeal to me at all.  However, I generally love the TTR genre- LOVELOVELOVE Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is SUPERB and should not be missed!  Loved the Karen Marie Moning Highlander series, like the Janet Chapman Highlander series.  Other good ones- Linda Lael Miller has a few good ones, My Outlaw, Pirates, Time and Again (which is actually two related stories).  For some TTR with a more "chick lit" feel, try Cindy Miles.  I have also read some of Lynn Kurland's books, but there are so many inter-related books there that I haven't nearly cracked the surface there.  The first TTR that I read was Linda Lael Miller and that is what made me search for more, if that helps.

Edited to make a correction: Time and Again is the one by Nora Roberts.  The one I was thinking of by Linda Lael Miller is Beyond the Threshold: Here and Then, There and Now.  They are two previously separately published stories in one book.  The Nora Roberts one is not bad either.

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Date Posted: 1/28/2010 11:55 PM ET
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OK, one more time,  besides Outlander, Knight in Shining Armor is a MUST read for everyone who loves ROMANCE!  I cried buckets and laughed alot.  Even my sister (accountant type) loved this book.

I didn't know that some of the TBR Linda Lael Millers I had were time travel.  Think I will move them up!

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 8:40 AM ET
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Thanks for all the great input and suggestions.  I think I'm going to give it a whirl and read one...

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 1:33 PM ET
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I'm not that interested in TT, and that's mostly the suspension of disbelief that makes it uninteresting to me, but I can recommend a couple of decent ones.

Timeless and Forever His by Shelly Thacker are great & part of a series. There's also His Forbidden Touch in that series, but I didn't like it as much.

And I really liked Susan Grant's Once A PirateCouldn't say how it compares to other TT, because I haven't read all that much, but I know that Grant has written more than just that one. Maybe try it & if you like it, check out some of her others. I got that one based on a TRR review.

Date Posted: 1/31/2010 8:52 AM ET
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I tried Outlander and couldn't get into it, so I wasn't a fan of time travel romances, either. But I tried Wendy Markham's If Only in my Dreams on the recommendation of some ladies here and it was wonderful!

Date Posted: 1/31/2010 6:10 PM ET
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i love time travel romance! Rosalyn Ashbrook's Time Storm made me cry buckets and i have been stuck on TT ever since. only TT books make me emotional..weird

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 12:04 PM ET
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Has anyone read Knight Errant by R. Garcia y Robertson? A woman travels back to the War of the Roses and becomes the lover of Edward IV. I have it on the TBR, but wondering if it's any good....

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 9:50 PM ET
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When you say "leery  of time travel romance" you are talking about Me.  But, I've come across two (older) that I really, really liked:



both by Jasmine Cresswell.  

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 9:51 PM ET
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I am a huge historical romance fan and was leary of time travel too... the Karen Marie Moning are good but you should read Legend by Jude Deveraux. First time travel book I read and it was really great!

Date Posted: 2/18/2010 9:25 AM ET
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I don't 'do' time travel either mostly but there are a couple that I liked. The abovementioned "Knight in Shining Armor" was simply lol funny. And there's a traditional Regency by Janice Bennett that was great-"A Christmas Keepsake".

LIked "The Legend"-by Jude but I swapped the Highlander Moning books-just didn't do it for me.

And "Son of the Morning" by Linda Howard was good.

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Date Posted: 3/3/2010 2:00 PM ET
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Ok, I read a couple of Karen Marie Moning ( Beyond the Highland Mist & To Tame a Highlander) and also Kinley MacGregor (Sword of Darkness & Knight of Darkness) and I wasn't all that impressed. I guess the time travel/paranormal just isn't for me. It might be awhile before I venture out into that genre again. Thanks for all the suggestions though. I'm a big fan of medieval romances so if anyone has any suggestions on those I would appreciate it!!


Date Posted: 3/3/2010 5:22 PM ET
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Medieval-Roberta Gellis is in a class by herself. Christina Dodd "Candle in the Window" is a favorite. And Elizabeth Stuart-she doesn't write anymore-in the historical genre anyway-but all of hers were at one time on my keeper shelf. Lynn Kerstan-or is it Lynn Kurland-I get them mixed up. Liked them; didn't love them.