If you liked Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, you’ll love In the Name of the Family by bestselling novelist Sarah Dunant.
Not only does Gabaldon recommend In the Name of the Family (see below), but her novel Outlander holds close ties with Sarah Dunant’s latest. In The Name of the Family takes us back to Renaissance Italy and explores the final years of the House of Borgia. Rodrigo Borgia is on the papal throne, and his daughter, Lucrezia, is a pawn in his plans. On the other hand, his son, Cesare, whose relationship with Machiavelli makes him a master on the dark arts of power and politics, has Rodrigo turning to Lucrezia for help. She must find a way to navigate through the treacherous court of Urbino and another—her fourth—marriage to create her own place in history.
In Outlander, Claire Randall becomes a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of 1743. She is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, much like Lucrezia is put to the test.