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Journeying Through Time: A Review of Dual Timeline Christian Fiction Novels


Hello, readers! It’s Elle E. Kay here, and today I’m excited to share with you some of my recent reads. These heartwarming books have taken me on a rollercoaster through time, unraveling stories of love, faith, and resilience that span generations. If you’re a fan of dual timeline novels, check out the novels below by award-winning authors many of which weave Christian historical romance with present day mysteries.

The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron

Cambron takes on the ambitious task of crafting a story across three periods, all focused around a central castle. The narrative is an impressive tapestry of different time periods and unimaginable human resilience shown in storylines set in different eras, one in Europe during World War II and another during the French Revolution and all tied to one impressive jewel — a fox broach. The author managed a multitude of details and successfully tied the narrative threads together in the end. However, the spiritual aspect felt somewhat added on in haste, rather than seamlessly integrated into the storyline. [Read more.]

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie Dobson book cover

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie Dobson

Dobson demonstrates her remarkable storytelling skills, weaving together a familial novel that resonates with emotional depth and humanity. The story navigates the stormy seas of love, anger, and bitterness with striking authenticity. A daughter must face a long-hidden past and her grandmother’s lies. Walter, a character initially difficult to empathize with due to his unforgiving nature, eventually experiences a transformative journey. [Read more.]

To Follow a Dream by Chandra Lynn Smith

This engaging book has an intriguing plotline inspired by the author’s family history. The inclusion of journal entries provides a pleasant variance in the narrative and gives the story a touch of historical flavor. The book gracefully explores themes of personal growth, forgiveness, and reconciliation with both God and fellow humans. [Read more.]

To Follow a Dream by Chandra Lynn Smith Book Cover
The House on Foster Hill by Jamie Jo Wright book cover

The House on Foster Hill by Jamie Jo Wright

This was a good story, full of intrigue about a house shrouded in mystery. The author explored a generational story in multiple time periods. The romances were sweet and clean and there was the faith element showed character growth as the main characters learned to better understand biblical promises in a fallen world and what they would mean in eternity. [Read more.]

The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus by Jamie Jo Wright

This narrative brilliantly merges the past and present, and the characters seem genuinely lifelike, making for a fast-paced read. Themes of ghosts and hauntings are dealt with cautiously, always from a godly perspective. [Read more.]

The Souls of Lost Lake by Jamie Jo Wright

This book had some gruesome details, but it was an excellent story overall. I was kept in suspense throughout as to how the story would wrap up. There was no obvious answer, so I had to keep reading to see how it would all come together in the end. [Read more.]

Painted Memories by A.M. Heath book cover

Painted Memories by A.M. Heath

This was a beautiful story about faith and love. It was not a typical historical romance. In fact, I’d classify it as historical fiction or women’s fiction. The dual timelines only three years apart were jarring, but it worked for the story. This was a God honoring story that explored some difficult choices. [Read more.]

Make You Feel My Love by Robin Lee Hatcher

This story was told in an unusual way. I’ve read plenty of stories with two storylines, but this novel also included journal entries. I loved the faith exploration aspect of the story, and how their love story complemented their relationship to God. [Read more.]

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

This is the kind of book that stays with you when you put it down. I was engrossed in this dual timeline multi-generational story. The inspirational aspect and theme of the book (the gospel fits everyone) wasn’t preachy, but it was poignant. [Read more.]

Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

This is one of those rare books that I expect will stay with me long after reading the last sentence. The vivid descriptions of Taryn’s ordeal brought me right back to that dreadful day that changed everything. Susan Meissner brought Clara’s time on Ellis Island to life in a tangible way. I felt as if I was there experiencing everything she went through. [Read more.]

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner book cover

Each of these Christian dual timeline stories left a lasting impression on me, and I hope they’ll do the same for you. Download them on your Kindle or Nook or grab them from your local public library and unravel the mysteries waiting between the pages. Happy reading!

While I don’t have any of my own dual timeline novels yet, you can check out my latest releases on my books page. They’re sortable by genre. Right now, Grave Pursuits is topping the charts in Christian Suspense.

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