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Books on Sale: Contemporaries, Blends and YA That Might Transport You While You Read

Book That Autumn in Edinburgh a woman with a red umbrella standing in front of a building I presume is in Edinburgh

That Autumn in Edinburgh by Ciji Ware is .99c. This is a combination historical/contemporary set in Scotland (obviously). This book is a sequel of sorts to character who appear in earlier historicals, especially Island of the Swans. Reviewers loved the present/past parallel story – the book has a 3.5+ star average.

That Autumn in Edinburgh

Dateline: 250 years later…

Can memories of a tragic, eighteenth century love triangle be passed down through a descendant’s DNA?

A compelling, almost mystical attraction draws American designer Fiona Fraser into the force field of visiting Scotsman, Alexander Maxwell, through an eerie happenstance one steamy summer’s day in New York City.

When Fiona’s mercurial boss dispatches her to Edinburgh to create a Scottish Home Furnishings Collection, the chemistry deepens as she and Alex discover their ancestral bonds to the star-crossed lovers Thomas Fraser—the “Lost Lieutenant”—and Jane Maxwell, the flamboyant 4th Duchess of Gordon who died in 1812.

From the cobbled streets of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to the tartan and cashmere mills of the Scottish border country, the modern lovers grapple with the imminent threat of financial ruin to their respective firms, along with ancient wounds echoing down through time—and a heartbreaking mystery, hidden for more than two centuries, that will dictate their own destinies…

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Book Always You - a silhouette cutout in purple and pink of two people holding hands in a park

Always You by Erin Kaye is $1.99 right now. This is a contemporary second-chance story set in Ireland (mostly) about class boundaries and unrequited love. Also I think the cover is lovely.

It’s 1992 and Sarah is in love with Cahal, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. As they plan to graduate from university, all seems set for their happily ever after…

Fast forward to 2012 and something’s gone wrong. Cahal is out of the picture and Sarah is divorced from Ian by whom she’s had two children. What happened?

As Cahal walks back into Sarah’s life, can they overcome past decisions and surrounding prejudice and make it work a second time around?

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Book The Edge of the Earth - a fuzzy photo of a lighthouse in the mist

The Edge of the Earth is a KDD today for $1.99  $2.99 (oops-sorry). It's not being matched as of yet, but that might change. This isn't quite 100% romance judging from the reviews, but it is very highly reviewed, particularly for the historical setting (1897 California) and the evocative imagery of the writing. 

Trudy is a polished, college-educated young woman from a respectable upper middle-class family, and it’s only a matter of time before she’ll marry Ernst, the son of her parents’ closest friends. All should be well in her world, and yet Trudy is restless and desperate for more stimulation than 1897 Milwaukee will allow. When she falls in love with enigmatic and ambitious Oskar, she believes she’s found her escape from the banality of her pre-ordained life.

Alienated from Trudy’s family and friends, the couple moves across the country to take a job at a lighthouse in the eerily isolated Point Lucia, California. Upon arriving they meet the light station’s only inhabitants—the Crawleys, a family whose plain appearance is no indication of what lies below the surface.

It isn’t long before Trudy begins to realize that there is more going on in this seemingly empty place than she could ever have imagined.

Gorgeously detailed, swiftly paced, and anchored in the lush geography of the remote and eternally mesmerizing Big Sur, The Edge of the Earth is a magical and moving story of secrets and self-transformation, ruses and rebirths, masterfully told by a celebrated and accomplished author. 

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Book my Super Sweet Sixteenth century - a girl in a gown holding a purple backpack

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris is not on sale per se – it's $4.99 at most vendors – but the sequel, A Tale of Two Centuries, is a KDD that's being matched at BN. This is a time travel YA about a girl who finds herself in Renaissance Italy. Most reviews state that these two books should be read together because of the cliffhanger ending in this one, so I'm posting them both.

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father.

So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

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Book A Tale of Two Centuries - a girl in a white sweater from the current era atop a brocade skirt from the 17th century

A Tale of Two Centuries is a KDD at .99c, and is the sequel to My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. The .99c price is being matched by BN – yay! If you like time travel romance, humor and YA, this might really work for you, especially since you can get both for about $6. Both this book and the first in the series have 4+ star averages on GR.

Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea.

One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first century teen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with possibility.

With the clock ticking, Less knows she must live every moment of her modern life while she still can. But how will she return to the drab life of her past when the future is what holds everything she’s come to love.

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    garlicknitter says:

    Oh, wow, a time travel romance with a female character coming forward to our time!  I haven’t really looked at any time travel romances in a while, but it seems like there used to be scads of them with either the hero coming forward in time or the heroine going back in time.  Sometimes the hero would go back in time, but until now I’d never seen one with the heroine coming forward.  I hated that.  If I could write, I’d have written one myself, maybe a young suffragette popping forward a century to see what the vote will get her and her daughters, the good and the bad.

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    Dread Pirate Rachel says:

    When I started reading the blurb for The Edge of the Earth, I nearly dismissed it and skipped to the next entry, but then I saw Big Sur mentioned. Hmmm, 1897 Big Sur? Lighthouses? Families with secrets? Count me in!

    Also, those two YAs are just packed full of my catnip. I’m leery of YA, though. I always expect it to be better than it is, so I’ve been burned a few times lately.

    That Autumn in Edinburgh sounds like a less-awesome take on the tropes over which Susanna Kearsley reigns supreme. But if I’m honest, every single book in this post sounds interesting to me. Maybe I’m just in the mood to shop.

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    Dread Pirate Rachel says:

    Also, The Edge of the Earth is coming up as $2.99. Still worth it, I think.

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    SB Sarah says:


    If I could write, I’d have written one myself, maybe a young suffragette popping forward a century to see what the vote will get her and her daughters, the good and the bad.

    OMG YES PLEASE. PLEASE. I would love a book like that. Maybe if we wish really hard it will happen. Or an Earl will show up. Whichever.


    I’m so tempted by all of these, too, especially the YA. And sorry about the typo – all fixed. My bad!

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    CelineB says:

    The Way You Look Tonight by Bella Andre is free on Amazon. I think this is the latest Sullivan book and I haven’t seen it discounted before.

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    @1/2/4: Let me point you at Ruth Tenzer Feldman, author of The Blue Thread and The Ninth Day.  These are YA time-travel novels with female protagonists and some interesting twists—both involve time travel between two distinct historical periods, and there is a strong Jewish cultural element.  I would not call either one a romance, though there are some romantic elements, but I’d definitely recommend these as unusual and well-executed.

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    JadaM says:

    Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo.

    If she time travels to the sixteenth century, why is she wearing a dress from the latter half of the eighteenth century on the cover?

    Doc Brown has some ‘splaining to do.

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    Virginia E says:

    Jada, I’m with you. That dress looks like it came out of the closet of someone who does living history at Colonial Williamsburg. She would have stuck out like a sore thumb in Medici Italy since pastels and tiny prints simply weren’t period. Such carelessness in cover art is a liability for a book unless it becomes a cult classic for it’s flaws. Even if the artist couldn’t find a local SCA costumer, how could they not find images of portraits from the Italian Rennaisance?

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    ridiculousspider says:

    I can always trust the SmartBitches to teach me something new, either in the post itself or in the comments.  I had to Google 16th Century Italian fashion.  The more you know.  :]

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    Lindsay says:

    @CelineB Oh thank you so much, I love the Sullivan novels and would have missed this one being free!

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    Tam B. says:

    @ CelineB – thank you!  After 8 books I was kind of Sullivan’d out.  But free is always good.

    Now to download samples of everything else.

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    Tam says:

    I almost want to buy these just to find out how a twenty-first century American teenager grapples with SPEAKING sixteenth century Italian (and how the sixteenth century Italian girl masters the American English vernacular). Dresses, schmesses, that’s quite the linguistic feat.

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