If You Liked Outlander, Then Try…

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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.

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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!

 

Our Favourite Literary Quotes About Fall

Today is the first day of autumn, and you know what that means: colourful, falling leaves; pumpkin flavoured food; cozy scarves and knits; and, the most important: the year’s best books.

It’s no surprise that Fall is our favourite season, and it appears some of our favourite authors agree with us. Below are our favourite quotes about Fall — share your favourite with us in the comments, or on Twitter @SavvyReader.

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“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
― William Cullen Bryant

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
― Lauren DeStefano

“Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.”
― Andrea Gibson

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