5 Love Stories That Defy Time

June 9, 2017
Jill Hacking
Riveted Editorial Board

There’s something so wonderfully hopeful about time-travel stories—there’s someone for everyone, whether it’s in the past or present. In Summer of Yesterday, Haley expects a boring summer vacation in Disney’s Fort Wilderness, a renovated long-abandoned water park. Instead she spends her summer not only 3 decades in the past but in the water park’s heyday as well! When romance blossoms between Haley and a water park employee, she has to figure out how to deal with this dilemma. How can she be falling for a boy whose future she can’t share?

Haley’s romance takes place in 1982 but if you could have a romance with anyone across time, who would it be? A Roman soldier? Galileo? Clark Gable? Mine’s this super dreamy philanthropist named Aiden, he isn’t alive yet, you probably haven’t heard of him *hair flip*

While we’re waiting for the invention of the time machine, here are some swoony, time-defying romances to keep you occupied.

Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana



The ultimate summer romance: amusement park, summer job, dreamy coworker, and oh yeah, watching your parents fall in love as teenagers. You know, the usual.






The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Time Traveler's Wife


This book really messes with your mind (not to mention the sanctity of time itself). Henry is a Chronically Displaced Person (CDP) who cannot physically stay on a linear timeline. He jumps back and forth, always weaving through Clare’s life. It’s sweet and sad and beautiful. The movie with Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana is great too.





About Time

About Time



In this film starring Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams, a guy discovers that the men in his family can travel in time by going into a dark place, closing their eyes, and imaging where they want to be. He uses this new ability to try to fix mistakes and relive happy moments, but he begins to realize that his ability doesn’t fix everything. Also, the romance is SO swoony.




Outlander by Diana Gabaldon





A British combat nurse in 1945 is thrown back in time to 1743 Scotland. It’s the love triangle of all time-traveling love triangles.





Somewhere in Time

Somewhere In Time



If you haven’t seen this classic film starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, I don’t know what you’ve been doing with your life. A playwright has a mysterious encounter with an old woman who gives him a pocket watch and begs him to “come back to her.” Thus begins a sweeping, hypnotizing (heh heh) story of love across time.





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