We are a few weeks shy of Autumn 2019. Although I live in South Texas where this particular season is null and void, it is still my absolute favorite. The fall is my favorite season to tailor my reading to.
I went through my Goodreads to seek out books I’ve read over the past few years that I think would make perfect fall reads. These are all love stories that have stood the test of time for me, and I think you’ll really enjoy.
Mrs. Houdini by Victoria Kelly
If you’re in the mood for a love story that defies death itself, you will be completely engrossed in Bess Houdini’s story. Mrs. Houdini is one of those historical fiction romances that is meticulously researched and flawlessly transports you to another time and place. Bess immediately became one of my favorite heroines after finishing the last page of this book. It’s dark, it’s romantic and if you’re in the mood for a bit of time travel, Victoria Kelly will completely carry you away to a time not your own with this one.
The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
Susanna Kearsley is a favorite author of mine, and honestly I’d like to just recommend you read all of her books this fall. I won’t do that though. If you read anything by her this fall, read The Rose Garden. Our heroine Eva, returns to the Cornish coast where her and her family spent their summers when she was a child to scatter her sister’s ashes. Once there, she has to grapple with ghosts of her past as well as ghosts from another time. It is in her time travels to the past that she meets and begins falling for, Daniel Butler. I read and fell in Love with this book in 2017, and Daniel and Eva’s love story is still an absolute favorite. Susanna Kearsley writes the push and pull between these two so well, my heart was racing at the thought of ‘she’s going to have to go back to her own time.’ I love this love story so much. Go, add it to your reading list asap!
A Love Beyond Time by Judie Aitken
A Love Beyond Time was published in 2000, so it is one that you will have to do some digging to actually track it down. It’s an amazing time travel romance following archeologist Ryan Burke, who goes to work on a site near the battle of Little Big Horn. She is given a teepee to sleep in and time travels back to just days before the battle. Of course there is a romance, between her and a Lakota warrior that is perfection. It is fascinating to see Ryan, who is so fascinated by Lakota history in her own time, have to deal with the prejudices of the actual people when she’s in her time. We see her have to earn their trust and that of the Lakota warriors. It was so good. I loved that our heroine in this book time travels back to a part of American history you wouldn’t expect to be at the forefront of a romance novel.
Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs
‘The love of her life had literally fallen from the sky, and she’d given her whole self to him and damn the consequences.’
Map of the Heart was such a beautiful story involving family secrets, villages in France, old loves. It is a story, with so many layers, and I constantly find myself thinking of the characters. You do a bit of time traveling in this one, but not to the extreme like my other recommendations. Our heroine, Camille, her daughter Julie and Camille’s father, travel back to the little French town where her father was raised. Some unexpected secrets arise, having them learning secrets that go back to the Second World War. It was absolutely amazing, a story that even after all this time, I can’t get off my mind.
I hope you found a recommendation or two for your more than likely, already huge Fall TBR. Recommend me something you’re excited to read this fall. We will chat again soon.
Until then, take care of yourselves.