Read These Love Stories this Fall

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.

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Mrs. Houdini by Victoria Kelly

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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

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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

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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

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‘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.

xo.

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Autumn Reading Recommendations

Hello Friends! Tomorrow is the big day! It will be the first day of autumn and I am so excited. I don’t really get to enjoy the fall being down in South Texas but it is still my favorite time of year and for sure the time of year I really tailor my reading tastes to. I wanted to recommend you some of the books I’ve read that I think are great for reading during the fall..just in case you needed a little something extra to add to your to be read..

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My first two recommendations are by the same author, the Queen herself, Daphne Du Maurier. First up is Rebecca which I fell in love with back in the 8th grade. I can still hear Mrs. Turner ( my teacher at the time) fangirling to our all girl English class about the opening paragraph,

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive, and for a while I could not enter, for the way was barred to me. There was a padlock and a chain upon the gate. I called in my dream to the lodge-keeper, and had no answer, and peering closer through the rusted spokes of the gate I saw that the lodge was uninhabited.”

I deem Rebecca a novel of romantic suspense with some mystery elements as well. Daphne Du Maurier is so hard to categorize which is a big reason I love her. You never know the main character’s first name. She is the second Maxim de Winter and the entire book, lives in the shadow of Maxim’s first wife, Rebecca who dies mysteriously. The whole estate of Manderley’s servants and caretakers all operate as though they grieve Mrs. de Winter..Rebecca. Treat yourself to a cozy fall evening reading this wonderful novel then order the Alfred Hitchcock film adaptation. Both are equally wonderful.

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I spent so many years of my life loving Rebecca that I didn’t even think of exploring other works by Daphne Du Maurier. I buddy read Frenchman’s Creek by her with two friends and was blown away! This one follows Lady Dona St. Columb who tells her husband to stay home as she packs her and their children up and escapes to his family’s summer home. Dona is a lady who defies society. She is so bored with her life. While at the estate, Dona meets a French pirate and her thirst for adventure becomes even more aroused than before.

In true Daphne Du Maurier fashion, the writing was beautiful and the story was so atmospheric and dark, making it the perfect fall read.

“A thing of beauty of grace and beauty, born in another time, a painted phantom ship. And now his heart begins to beat, and he strains at his paddles, and the little dinghy shoots swiftly over the dark water away from enchantment, for what he has seen is not of this world, and what he has heard is beyond his understanding.”

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The next one is a recent read and that is The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick. This is an historical fiction novel with some romance in there, some magic and time travel. I love time traveling novels during the fall. This is the type of story where every time you sit to read it, you will become engrossed in the story. Unlike most time traveling stories, the main character is from the past and stuck in present day, giving the story an interesting twist.

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Next is The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark. I have to preface this by saying, I did listen to this on audiobook and wasn’t the biggest fan of the narrator. I think the narrator played a big part in my not always enjoyment of this book.  If you are a fan of small towns with witches, demons, fairies all being the professors in the local college or the people next door, I recommend this. Callie McFay is the new professor in town and since moving into her new home she has had the same erotic dream every night. In the dream,  a mist enters her bedroom before taking the shape of a seductive stranger who ravishes her in the most toe curling ways. Callie soon learns that her demon lover is real–an incubus– and he will continue to seduce and pleasure her while slowly sucking the life out of her.

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My last recommendation is going to be a Susanna Kearsley novel. I love her so much, and honestly want to just say to read everything by her, but if I had to pick just one to recommend, I’d go with The Shadowy Horses.  I think this is the perfect fall read. If I could go back and read this for the first time, I would do so in a heartbeat and I’d read it during the fall. This follows and archeologist named Verity who has been drawn to the dark legends of the Scottish Borderlands in search of the truth buried in a rocky field by the sea. Verity’s boss is searching for the lost Ninth Roman Legion and he’s convinced he’s found it due to a local young boy claiming he has seen the ghost of a sentinel walking the fields guarding the graves of his fellow soldiers. It is so good, with such atmospheric writing. You are instantly transported to the Scottish coast and the entire story has this sort of gloomy feel to it. I love it, so much.

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I hope something I’ve recommended sparks your interest. Share with me some of your fall reading recommendations.

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