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.
If you liked Outlander and want to go back a little further in time, try reading In The Name of the Family! We can’t wait to hear what you think in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
Hey Savvy Readers!
We have seen some truly AMAZING books out there this year (and it’s only March!). This Featured Read can for sure count itself among the greats! Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang, is, simply put, a beautiful novel. The novel deals with identity, otherness, race and struggle. With a hint of the magical. It combines the real with the ethereal and it was a truly enjoyable experience.
Hey Savvy Readers, we have a good one for your TBR shelf…
The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo tells the story of two World War II nurses and best friends, Jo McMahon and Kay Elliot. Jo is stationed in France, and as the last woman standing, she is determined to keep her patients alive in their makeshift, supply-barren medical tent. Meanwhile, Kay is trapped underground as a POW in a Japanese internment camp, fighting for her life. When the war is finally over and peace has been restored, Jo and Kay quickly learn that “peace” is subjective as they struggle to cope in the aftermath of death, loss and fear.
Read on for why you’ll love this book.