From Narnia to Castle Leoch 6 Magical Books That Transcend Time

April 8 2014

From a magic wardrobe to a sacred circle of stones these magical reads will take you far away to a land of wonder and romance. Maybe after you read them you’ll return to where you started but hopefully not.

The Green Darkness
by Anya Seton

A haunting story that stretches from Tudor England to the twentieth century: The marriage of the Englishman Richard Marsdon and his young American wife Celia slowly turns tragic as Richard withdraws into himself and Celia suffers a debilitating emotional breakdown. A wise mystic realizes that Celia can escape her past only by reliving it. She journeys back four hundred years to her former life as the servant girl Celia de Bohun during the reign of Edward VI - and her doomed love affair with the chaplain Stephen Marsdon. Although Celia and Stephen can’t escape the horrifying consequences of their love, fate (and time) offer them another chance for redemption.

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The Green Darkness
Anya Seton

A haunting story that stretches from Tudor England to the twentieth century: The marriage of the Englishman Richard Marsdon and his young American wife Celia slowly turns tragic as Richard withdraws into himself and Celia suffers a debilitating emotional breakdown. A wise mystic realizes that Celia can escape her past only by reliving it. She journeys back four hundred years to her former life as the servant girl Celia de Bohun during the reign of Edward VI - and her doomed love affair with the chaplain Stephen Marsdon. Although Celia and Stephen can’t escape the horrifying consequences of their love, fate (and time) offer them another chance for redemption.

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Not really time travel in the purest sense of the leap through time kind of romance thing but what is the story of a man who is born old and gets younger and younger if it's not time travel?

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Not really time travel in the purest sense of the leap through time kind of romance thing but what is the story of a man who is born old and gets younger and younger if it's not time travel?

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The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger

Is time a parabola? If you asked the couple at the heart of this remarkable story, Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course, they'd probably both say yes. Henry and Clare's passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger's cinematic storytelling that makes the novel's unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant.

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The Time Traveler's Wife
Audrey Niffenegger

Is time a parabola? If you asked the couple at the heart of this remarkable story, Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course, they'd probably both say yes. Henry and Clare's passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger's cinematic storytelling that makes the novel's unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
by C. S. Lewis

Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie walk through the back of a mink enshrouded wardrobe into the magical realm of Narnia. Years pass, worlds collide, lessons are learned, a certain badger rises to greatness, Aslan roars and this is one of the best books about taking a leap into time a kid could read.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
C. S. Lewis

Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie walk through the back of a mink enshrouded wardrobe into the magical realm of Narnia. Years pass, worlds collide, lessons are learned, a certain badger rises to greatness, Aslan roars and this is one of the best books about taking a leap into time a kid could read.

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Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon

The Ur Scottish Highlander time travel romance. An ex-WWll nurse and married woman is hurtled through time when she walks into a magical circle of stones. On the other side she meets some rather nasty people and one incredibly sexy man with whom she... Oops. Wait. Read it for yourself. I promise you will thank me.

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Outlander
Diana Gabaldon

The relationship that blossoms from friendship to love between Claire and Jamie is, well, pretty swoon-worthy. Claire is confident with a lot of spunk and Jamie is hotheaded with a lot of heart. The combination of these two could be a recipe for disaster, but they—usually—are in harmony.

Read Kara O’Rourke’s review here.

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Time and Again
by Jack Finney

When advertising artist Si Morley is recruited to join a covert government operation exploring the possibility of time travel, he jumps at the chance to leave his twentieth-century existence and step into New York City in January 1882. Aside from his thirst for experience, he has good reason to return to the past—his friend Kate has a curious, half-burned letter dated from that year, and he wants to trace the mystery. But when Si begins to fall in love with a woman he meets in the past, he will be forced to choose between two worlds—forever.

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Time and Again
Jack Finney

When advertising artist Si Morley is recruited to join a covert government operation exploring the possibility of time travel, he jumps at the chance to leave his twentieth-century existence and step into New York City in January 1882. Aside from his thirst for experience, he has good reason to return to the past—his friend Kate has a curious, half-burned letter dated from that year, and he wants to trace the mystery. But when Si begins to fall in love with a woman he meets in the past, he will be forced to choose between two worlds—forever.

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