Hey there, everyone! Today it’s Wednesday and it is time for another Top 5 Wednesday post. Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme created by Lainey. Here is the Complete List of Wednesday-ers for anyone who wants to join or find other members of the group.
DISCLAIMER: When it comes to time traveling I’m looking for books that will make me laugh and that will make me cry. If those two things are part of the book, then I will probably like it no matter how B-A-D bad the writing is. A good enough plot, laughter and tears is all I need.
Of course, I’m not saying that the writing in these books is bad. It’s just that they are not the kind of books you would discuss in a well-educated scholarly conversation. Also, these are all Historical Romances.
Number 5: True to the Highlander by Barbara Longley
I read this book years ago as an ARC from Netgalley. At the time that I read it, I had thought it was the best book ever. Of course, years later I can see the flaws, but still I liked it. I thought it was funny and I loved reading about a 21st century independent woman trying to stand up to a 15th century Highlander.
Treachery rules the Highlands of 1423. With their king captured by the English, Scottish nobles plot to ransom James behind the back of the brutal regent holding their land in his iron grip. But not every clan wishes to see King James back on his throne…
Sitting atop this powder keg of bloodthirsty rivalries, Malcolm of clan MacKintosh takes the mysterious, lone maiden he finds along his road as a bad omen…though an undeniably beautiful one. When he attempts to save her from a rogue within his own garrison, she deftly brings Malcolm to his knees. Who is this willful lass who has so quickly laid siege to his heart?
Alethia Goodsky has met all kinds working at the New York Renaissance Festival, but no one like the fortune-teller who tasks her with a cryptic life-saving mission and flings her into the fifteenth century. Now Alethia must rely on her wits to unravel the mystery in this violent land. Malcolm has sworn to protect her, but her gifts may soon make her his protector. With enemies closing in, Alethia must choose between finding a way home…and remaining true to her Highlander.
By the way, if you ever read the book or if you have already read it and know what I’m talking about, then know this: Alitheia (Greek: “αλήθεια“) is the Greek word for truth and not aleth.
Number 4: Master of Ecstasy by Nina Bangs.
I know. This is a very ridiculous title for a book. If there is anything that can be very ridiculous then this title is it. But I still love it for the very simple reason that it has made me laugh soooo hard. The only reason that I started reading this one was because of another book by Nina Bangs that I had read, which was even more ridiculous than this one, featuring Ganymede and Sparkle Stardust. And if you have not heard of these characters’ names before then I suggest that you start reading the Mackenzie Vampires series right now. I swear that after Master of Ecstasy, which is the first book, the series improves a lot. Honestly, a funnier series I have never read.
Her trip in time to 1785 Scotland was supposed to be a vacation, so why did Blythe feel that her stay at the MacKenzie pile of stones had her imagination working overtime, making helpful suggestions about every bump in the night: demon, considers you yummy take-out; really ugly gargoyle, wants to sleep in your bed.
So she wasn’t at all surprised when the first hunk she met turned out to be Mr. Dark-Evil-and-Deadly himself, an honest-to-goodness vampire. His voice was a tempting way above 88.6 degrees, but when Darach whispered, “To waste a neck such as yours would be a terrible thing,” she decided his pillow talk left a lot to be desired.
Dangerous? You bet. To die for? Definately. Soul mate? Just wait and see.
Number 3: Always Mine by Sophia Johnson
This is the first book in the Blackthorn Trilogy. I think I’ve mostly talked about Midnight’s Bride, which is the second book in the trilogy and my favorite one. Just like in True to the Highlander what drew me to this book was that alpha female character trying to survive in an era when women are supposed to be meek, obedient creatures, whose voices are not to be heard.
A Timeless Love
The great Lord Damron is no more than a shadowy, powerful presence in the ruins of Blackthorn Castle. But the compelling gaze of his portrait draws Lydia Hunter to stand before him–and fall through time to become his beloved Lady Brianna.
A Fiery Passion
A tempestuous man with an incendiary nature, whose fury on the battlefield quickly routs his foes, Lord Damron must claim his Scottish kingdom and his bride. But Brianna’s heart can be claimed in only one way–her way. And his iron strength is no match for her gentleness. . .
Number 4: A Highlander of her own by Melissa Mayhue
This is the 4th book in the Daughters of the Glen series, which is one of my favorite time travel series that I’ve read so far. You must have noticed by now that I find Historical Romances featuring time travel incredibly entertaining. However, if there is anyone at this point who has any doubt about it, then I will say it one last time: This book is soooooooooo funny!
TEXAS, PRESENT DAY. Ellie Denton’s world has spiraled out of control. A strange new birthmark, animals talking to her, and her mother’s ex-husband laying claim to the family ranch have her thinking life can’t get more complicated. But Ellie doesn’t know the birthmark’s connection to her Faerie ancestors. Complicated takes on a whole new meaning with her innocent wish to find her true love.
SCOTLAND, 1304. Caden MacAlister has more trouble than he can handle. With his brother held for ransom and the laird missing, the last thing he needs is another problem. But the Fae have other plans. A mysterious woman shows up in his stables, sent by Faerie Magic to find her true love. Fighting his attraction, Caden insists she’s meant for one of his brothers. With his history, he has no desire for a woman in his life — especially a woman sent by the Fae.
Only the magic of the Fae can determine whether Ellie will find a Highlander of her own…
And lastly at the top of this list and the end of this post comes…
Number 1: Transcendence by Shay Savage
I first heard about this book from the Little Book Owl on YouTube and I have recently mentioned it in my Keep It Fresh Award post. For a novel that’s entirely description and has no dialogues at all it was a really good book. This one is not funny like the rest of the books on this list, but it is very intense and I really enjoy reading it- and re-reading it and re-reading it. The book sucked me in from the very first page and didn’t let me go until I had read it all. And it’s not a short book you know. Anyway, it’s a book that I wish more people would pick up and read. To you who’s reading this post right now I say: “Read it! You won’t regret it.”
It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?
Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from; she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.
Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful, man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle.
With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time.
Okay, that is the end of this T5W post. There are only two more things I need to say.
- If you have any recommendations on time travel books, then please tell me in the comment section below. And…
- I have created a blog survey to help me improve my blog and it would be great if you participated in it.
Now it’s your turn…
What are your top 5 books featuring time travel? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? Would you like to? What did you think of them?
Tell me all about it in the comments below…