About a year ago, I found myself in a reading slump. Having cut my teeth on romance novels 11 years ago, I was getting tired of the hot and heavy books and wanted something with more substance. (read more)
It's true, here I am, 41 years old, but I didn't read my first romance novel until shortly after my first son was born.
Twilight was the big thing back then, and I, like so many other grown women, decided to give it a go. I really liked it; I can say that without shame. I loved the story line, I loved that it wasn't too detailed, and I loved watching two fictional people fall in love.
That really sums up what draws me to romance novels; the infatuation part of things. The new love, the unknown, the "getting to know you".
If you've been married for any length of time, you have probably already realized that infatuation gives way to something even more substantial, and that's a good thing.
But it's not to say that it's wrong to enjoy the butterflies. :)
Once I'd finished Twilight, I moved on to Sherrilyn Kenyon, worked my way through paranormal romance, on to romantic suspense, barbarian romance, and even historical and contemporary.
Still though, when it was all said and done, I wanted more to my books. It took me a couple of months to figure out what my next genre needed to be, but once I stumbled on Lucinda Riley, I knew I'd found exactly what I'd been lacking.
So today, as we wrap up Romance Week here on the blog, I'm going to tell you about dual timeline romance novels.
Be warned, while these are romance novels, they are not your typical romance novel. It's more about the falling in love, exposing your soul, getting to know that other person, but without the detail some of you might really be looking for.
In a nutshell; they're not super steamy.
But still, they are amazing.
Let's get started.
The first book I read of Lucinda Riley's was The Orchid House.
I had no idea what I was in for, having never read a novel of this type. I knew I loved Downton Abbey, I liked the idea of a romance novel based on factual events (or at least loosely based on factual events) and I thought that, at the very least, I might learn something.
What I didn't expect was to be absolutely blown away.
She takes a story from the present, a story from the past, and beautifully weaves the two in such a way that by the time you get to the end and figure out how everything is connected, you've given your heart away to all involved.
Lucinda Riley has a lot of books out. I'm mentioning this one only because it was my first, but you'll need to just scroll through the pages on Amazon to see how many books she's written.
Once you've finished her stand alone novels, you'll need to read the Seven Sisters series, or read that series first, totally your call.
However you read her books, you'll be in for a treat.
After reading my way through Lucinda Riley, I went looking for other authors who wrote in the same, dual timeline style.
It's fairly easy to do this when Amazon tells you "Other people who bought this also bought..."
That's how I found Kate Morton.
Her writing is similar to Lucinda Riley, but different in that they focus on different "past" timelines and events. Kate Morton seems to focus more on WWII Europe, whereas Lucinda Riley seems to focus more on events all over the world during WWII and other momentous time frames.
Susanna Kearsley was another author I found once I'd read my way through Lucinda Riley, and Kate Morton.
She has a couple of books that link together with recurring characters, it was something I really enjoyed, especially in the Slains series.
She delves a bit into the paranormal in a few of her books, bringing in a character who has "the sight", etc. So it's paranormal only in the very lightest sense, or possibly not at all if you are a person who believes that some people can indeed sense things coming in the form of clairvoyance, etc. Whether you believe in it or not, Susanna Kearsley writes it in a way that is believable, not over over the top, and definitely works within the story.
And, as with Kate Morton and Lucinda Riley, Susanna Kearsley has written many, many wonderful books, so you'll have plenty to curl up with on these chilly winter nights.
Thanks so much for tuning in to Romance Week here on the blog. I hope you've found some authors you've never heard of, and added lots of new books to your "to read" shelf on Goodreads.