Jul 25 2014 11:30am

Trope of the Month: Time Travel Romances

Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie MoningAcademically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s],“ which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing.

But they’re totally not! Romance novel fans all have their favorite—not to mention least favorite—tropes, from friends to lovers, chick in pants, secret baby, marriage of convenience, opposites attract, May-December, boss-assistant...the list goes on.

Each month, we’ll be picking a romance novel trope and ask you to offer recommendations falling under the trope rubric (again with the academic talk!).

You will meet a mysterious stranger...from another time! Whether it's Outlander sending Claire back in time to Jamie, or throwing a Medieval knight into modern times, time travel books combine old-world romance with new world intricacies! Many people ponder the question of ”If you could visit any time period, what would it be?“ Books give us the opportunity to do that—and time travel romances afford us the option of seeing how a character survives that very question!

Here are a few recommendations for this trope off the top of our heads:

What books would you suggest for fellow readers with a need to travel back in time?

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1. scarlettleigh
You know --- I am not sure how they stood the test of time, but back in the 90's I loved Constance O'Day Flannery time travel books
Sara Elliott
2. Dacchic
Lynn Kurland's dePiaget or MacLeod family series. The stories have time travel, some paranormal elements and a whole lot of romance. So sweet.
Carmen Pinzon
3. bungluna
I love "Sweeter Savage Love" by Sandra Hill. It not only spoofs one of the best bodice rippers ever, it also doesn't take itself too seriously.
4. Melanie S.
I love the Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning, but I think a large part of it is that I listened to the audio. The narrator for that series, Phil Gigante, does a wonderful job with the old world Scottish accents for both the men and women. I don't know if I would've liked it as much if I'd read it.
5. Kareni
A few favorite time travel stories (though not all are romances):

Replay by Ken Grimwood

Time and Again by Jack Finney

Jumper by Steven Gould

Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer.
7. Wendy W Durden
Ok, all of the above suggestions are great, and I have read and thoroughly enjoyed most of them... but you left off one of my favorites: Gwyn Cready. She has several that involve time travel and some even have KILTS, which as we all know make for awesome romance novels. How about her first: "Tumbling through Time" or "Seducing Mr. Darcy" which makes Jane Austen's Darcy seem a bit wimpy in comparison. (Because Jane's Darcy wouldn't have a fling in a folly in full view of any passersby. Would he?) I definitely like it when a good guy shows his naughty side so well.
8. Cathiewannabe
I have over 200 titles in my library listed as Time Travel. These do not include OUTLANDER, KMM, Sandra Hill, or Janet Chapman. These are older authors: Judi MCCoy, Susan Plunkett, Patti Berg, Eugenia Riley, Amy J Fetzer, Pam Binder If oyou would like a bigger listing, I would be happy to supply
rachel sternberg
9. rae70
A Knight in Shining Armour was one of the first romance books I read and still love it!
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