Novels About Reincarnation
Best Reincarnation Novels Of All Times
Reincarnation is one of my favorite topics and over time I have read a ton of books including novels about reincarnation. While the non-fiction books on past lives are some of my favorites, I do love reading novels that have something about reincarnation (and time travel) as well.
Some stem from real life experiences while others are just novels that entertain - and they definitely entertain and keep me occupied with reading for hours!
So here is my favorite list of the best novels on reincarnation that I have read so far. As I am reading more, I will be adding to this list.
Jump over to see my list of non-fictional books on reincarnation.
The Everlasting by Leonard Bishop
The Everlasting is a reincarnation novel that I've recently finished reading. The book is in fact quite old, having been written in the 80s, and it was quite refreshing to read a different style compared to the latest offerings in this genre by authors - although when it comes to the actual storyline, it is as contemporary as ever.
The book opens with an ex-priest, Stephen Jerod, who stands on trial for the murder of his lover. While Stephen keeps saying that he doesn't believe in reincarnation, he does actually remember two previous lives where Shara, the woman he killed, has been in fact the very same person reincarnated that drove him to madness two times before.
The story is quite rich in sex and sensuality and the reincarnation angle is quite strong, even though Jerod tries to deny its existence. However the story is also quite charming, with its romance, the captivating tale being narrated by Jerod himself and the action that takes place in the courtroom - and through the flashbacks to his previous two reincarnations.
If you can get hold of this book, I highly recommend it, despite it having a negative review on Amazon.
This Body: A Novel of Reincarnation by Laurel Doud
This is the story of a woman who dies of a heart attack only to wake up one year later inhabiting the body of a drug and alcohol addict person who is half the age of the woman who died.
This is really a great story that goes beyond reincarnation. It is a story very well told and you will like the characters a lot. Also if you've never really thought about reincarnation, the novel really makes think about it more seriously and consider it as something very viable.
Replay by Ken Grimwood
Replay by Ken Grimwood is one of the most amazing novels I've ever read, and not just because I love the subject of reincarnation and time travel. Here is a more indepth Replay review that I wrote on my personal blog back in 2007 when I first read the book. I keep re-reading it every year every since.
I remember going to Amazon to read the reviews and practically every single person said the very same thing: they could not put the book down. It is just something about not only the topics of past lives and time travel, but also the way the story is written that cuts deep into the core of our humanity.
All I can say is that if you haven't read it yet, do yourself a favor and read it. I consider this book one of those top 100 books to read 'before you die'. It's that good!
Have your read Replay by Ken Grimwood?
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Outlander is another one of those books that you simply can't put down once you start reading. First let me tell you that this book is huge. My own copy (an older edition than the one shows on this cover) is over 600 pages long.
Here again time travel and reincarnation meet in the same novel, creating a beautiful tale of love, betrayal, fidelity and desire that will bring you into another world, one that you won't want to come out of and always will want even more!
If you also happen to love historical romances, then you're in for a real treat. For me this book was a real epic, a world onto itself full of war, drama, love and every other emotion known to humankind.
"I did not begin when I was born, nor when I was conceived. I have been growing, developing, through incalculable myriads of millenniums...All my previous selves have their voices, echoes, promptings in me...Oh, incalculable times again shall I be born."
- Jack London
Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine
Lady of Hay is another of my top favorite novels about reincarnation. But so is Barbara Erskine overall. Again we see this mix of time travel and reincarnation beautifully told in a story that transcends time.
This is the story of Joanna who is researching her past lives and she goes back 800 years. She becomes Matilda, the Lady of Hay in the Wales of the 12th Century.
It is a mesmerizing story and it's worth getting whether you are reading it because you like Barbara Erskine's novels or because you love reading about reincarnation novels.
My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares
This is another wonderful novel about reincarnation. Daniel, a high-school student falls for Lucy, his classmate and claims that they knew each other in a past life. Lucy of course is frightened by this strange interest in her and reincarnation by Daniel, however as she starts to investigate more, the truth will be shocking to her.
Daniel indeed has been meeting her in past lives (where she was known as Sophie) and he is as actually 1500 years old, going from life to life, trying to find Sophie again.
A hauntingly beautiful story that is worth reading. Note that this is the first in a trilogy about reincarnation, and so far only the first book is out. I'm eagerly waiting for the second to be published!
"I am confident that there truly is such a thing as living again..."
Ferney by James Long
Ferney is another must read novel about reincarnation.
Gally and Mike Martin are searching for an English cottage that will make Gally happy again after the unfortunate miscarriage. They find an old cottage belonging to somebody called Ferney and Gally becomes very taken both with the cottage as with the old Ferney himself. Did they know each other in a previous life?
Beautiful story of past lives, of time travel and haunting history. A worthwhile read.
Legend by Jude Deveraux
Elizabeth Kady Long is 30 years old, an accomplished chef, and engaged to handsome Gregory Norman, her employer's son. While shopping for her wedding, she impulsively buys a large, dusty tin box at an antique shop. When she pries it open, she discovers an 1873 wedding dress and underpinnings, together with a photo of a family. Intrigued, she can't resist trying on the dress, and when she does, she's drawn back into the past. The year is 1873, the place is Legend, Colorado, and Cole Jordan is about to be hanged.
The Mirror by Marlys Millhiser
A 20-year-old Boulder girl stares into her grandmother's Chinese mirror on her wedding day in 1978, faints and comes to in her grandmother's body--in 1900--about to be married to a miner. As she moves through life, even giving birth to her own mother, she becomes known as a fairly decent seer. Had she paid more attention in school, she would have been a great one.
"Finding myself to exist in the world, I believe I shall, in some shape or other, always exist."
- Benjamin Franklin
Green Darkness by Anya Seton
Richard Marsdon marries a young American woman named Celia, brings her to live at his English estate, and all seems to be going well. But now Richard has become withdrawn, and Celia is constantly haunted by a vague dread. When she suffers a breakdown and wavers between life and death, a wise doctor realizes that only by forcing Celia to relive her past can he enable her to escape her illness. Celia travels back 400 years in time to her past life as a beautiful but doomed servant.
How many of these reincarnation novels have you read so far?
Threads: The Reincarnation of Anne Boleyn by Nell Gavin
Threads, a reincarnation fantasy, opens with Anne's execution. Her fury at her husband s betrayal has enough momentum to survive centuries, but in Threads she learns that she has been assigned a hard task: she must review their history together through a number of past lives, and find it within herself to forgive him. This may prove difficult and take some time. The husband in question is Henry Tudor, the notorious Henry VIII. The narrator is the stubborn, volatile Anne Boleyn, who is not at all inclined to forgive.
A Wish In Time by Laurel Bradley
In eighteenth century Scotland, Magda McClellan, eight months pregnant, is granted one wish from Auld Annie, a wise woman accused of witchcraft. But Magda declines her wish because she is perfectly happy; besides, she doesn't believe in witches. Little does she know how that refusal will change her life forever.In twenty-first century New York, Maggie McDonald and her husband desperately want to have a child. While they wait for a procedure at a fertility clinic, a Scottish nurse named Annie promises to grant them a baby if it is their wish. When Maggie awakens, she finds herself round with child in eighteenth century Scotland and panic sets in.Meanwhile, Magda has also been catapulted through time.
"I have been born more times than anybody except Krishna." —Mark Twain.
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