It's the first week of April and thanks for joining us for this weeks edition of Book Club Thursday. Our theme this week: Back in Time.
When I thought of our theme this week, my mind didn't necessarily go to historicals, but rather to Time Travel romances. There is something intriguing about a hero or heroine who finds their "Forever" love with someone from another time. Being a couple is hard enough in your own time, but from another era...or century? Think of the possibilities and problems creating this kind of story. Language, money, transportation, and of course, morality are some things that come to mind. Does a modern woman want a man born centuries before given that he might be a wee bit bossy and over-protective? Sure she does, she just has to help him update a little.
What kind of time travel do you prefer? When the person comes from the past to modern times or vice verse. I like both, but I prefer our times. The hero might be a dreamboat, but no make-up, fast food, medicines, or having to use the outhouse. A big deal breaker. Showing a hero how to use the microwave to make popcorn and how to use the remote while cuddling on the sofa with a good movie would be more to my liking.
There are a lot of authors who write great time travel. Nora Roberts, Linda Lael Miller, Janet Chapman, Sandy Blair and Sandra Hill are some of my favorites. I will share a few of my favorites with you.
HOT AND HEAVY by Sandra Hill
Madrene Olgadottir, an 11th-century granddaughter of a once-powerful Norseman, finds herself transported to the 21st century in Hill's playful follow-up to Wet & Wild. Lt. Ian MacLean and his team of navy SEALs are hot on the trail of Jamal ben Hassan and his nest of terrorists in northern Iraq when they come upon Maddie, stinking of camel spit and who knows what else. Believing Maddie to be Jamal's mistress, Ian takes her into custody. Cleaned up, Maddie turns out to be a babe, one that Ian (and his "dangly parts") finds irresistible, so he isn't too put out when he's tricked into marrying her to facilitate the government's cockeyed plan to ferret out terrorists in the U.S. using Maddie as bait. Though one would expect Maddie to be frightened by the high-tech world she's been dropped into, she views this new world simply as an advanced civilization and takes it all in stride. Few authors can fuse erotica and drop-dead humor like Hill.
(How did a modern Navy Seal Lt. with a stick in the behind attitude and a bossy fish-wife type of woman, become a perfect for each other pair?)
FESTIVAL by Victoria Barrett
When Catherine Morgan arrives in Scotland, she meets James Cameron, newest laird of Castle Cameron, whose family has died under suspicious circumstances. But soon, Catherine's own life is in danger. For Catherine will be swept across the centuries where another man and another fate could change her life—and heart—for all time.
(Romantic and it takes place in Scotland.)
A HIGHLANDER FOR CHRISTMAS by Sandy Blair
WELCOME TO MY WORLD
`Tis the season to be jolly - but Boston antiques dealer Claire MacGregor isn't looking forward to a solo Christmas, or cocoa for one, or trimming the tree by herself. But company's coming. Claire is fooling around with an old puzzle box and when it opens, a gorgeous, studly laird appears. Thumbs down: Sir Cameron MacLeod is centuries old. Thumbs up: he doesn't look it. And Cameron is tall, dark, and lusty-very lusty.
COME AWAY TO MINE
Who is this lovely lass? And where is he? Before awakening in the 21st century in Claire's bedroom, the last thing Sir Cameron MacLeod remembers was readying for war with a rival clan. Despite her strange clothes and odd ways, Claire is bonny and brave. He's about to find out that love is a many-splendored thing indeed...
(A swoon worthy Scotsman. I loved it)
CHARMING THE HIGHLANDER by Janet Chapman
A feisty beauty tempted by a bold highlander's touch... When a plane crash strands brilliant scientist Grace Sutter on an icy mountaintop in Maine, she finds herself alone in the wilderness with the only other surviving passenger -- Greylen MacKeage, a sexy, medieval warrior who's been tossed through time to find the woman he's destined to love. Forced together to survive the harsh, wintry landscape, neither expects the fierce passion that flares between them. But Grace is not used to letting her heart take control, and Greylen will settle for nothing less than her heart's surrender...
(The start of a great series and did I mention that the hero is from Scotland? I see a pattern here.)
MY OUTLAW by Linda Lael Miller
Seven-year-old Keighly Barrow never forgot the night she spied a boy her own age at her grandmother's Redemption, Nevada, mansion. He was staring at her from an antique mirror in the ballroom, standing among gaudily dressed women in an old-time western saloon. Keighly could only discover that his name was Darby Elder -- and that he lived a century ago.Twenty years later, engaged to be married, Keighly inherited her grandmother's house. Back before the ballroom mirror, she faces a handsome cowboy whose roguish air radiates trouble. Keighly senses the spirit of Darby Elder -- along with an electric charge of passion passing through the glass...and into her heart. But old news clips declare this outlaw son of a local madam would die in a shoot-out. Keighly's magical connection to Darby is too strong not to try and save his life or, if history will not bend, to love him as fiercely as the fleeting moments will allow.
(I have read this a few times. A different kind of time travel)
Time and Again: Time Was / Times Change
They crossed centuries to find a timeless love... He was stranded in the present, but time traveler Caleb Hornblower's biggest predicament wasn't returning to the 23rd century...it was leaving behind beguilingly innocent Liberty Stone, who'd shown him a love more powerful than Time Was. Cynical Jacob Hornblower had followed his brother, Caleb, into the past, hoping to lure him back. But once captivated by his spitfire sister-in-law, Sunny Stone, he discovered that even for a romance-resistant man of the future, Times Change. Multi-New York Times bestselling author NORA ROBERTS enchants readers once again with two unique and intriguing tales about passion so powerful it transcends time itself.
(Two Classic stories by Nora. A little corny, but fun. OUR time is their back in time!
I hope you enjoyed our theme this week. Don't be shy, let us know some of your favorites. And don't forget to visit my fellow BCT friends to see what they thought about being: Back In Time.
Stop by next week, April 9th, when we will be selecting our April Reading Challenge picks.