Time Travel is an intrinsic component of many of Francesca’s favorite books. Interestingly, most of her favorite Time Travel adventures are not known as science fiction stories. See below, sometimes traveling through time is simply a plot device used to set the stage for a romance story or historical fiction. Francesca just loves an engrossing story!
The Time Traveler’s Wife is one of Francesca’s favorite novels of all time. It is the only book I’ve ever read which inspired me to write to the author to thank her for writing such a great story (and Francesca received a charming note in return!) The Time Traveler’s Wife is the story of a powerfully-drawn couple, Henry and Claire. Henry has a gene mutation which makes him spontaneously travel back and forth in time. He cannot control when or where he goes. After he marries Claire, he starts travelling back to her childhood. Since Claire is travelling through time normally, this means that she has grown up knowing Henry, but when they meet later, he has never seen her before. This is an incredibly moving story of deep love, patience, and togetherness. A real tear-jerker.
Time and Again puts the main character, Si Morley, in a scientific experiment to move him from 1970’s Manhattan to 1880’s Manhattan. There is a mystery element, and a romantic element, and an ethical-dilemna element, but the main joy of this book, for me, is the chance to “live” for a while in the Big Apple of long ago, when it was not so big. One thing I appreciate about Time and Again is that it does not completely romanticize the past: while the 1880’s were simpler and nicer in some ways, the author also demonstrates that much in the world has improved since then.
And, if you have any interest in time travel at all, you must read the classic work by H.G. Wells, The Time Machine! What will the world be like in the year 802,701? Not like this, I hope . . .