Hello, everybody! My name’s Micaiah Rebekah Keough, and I’m a young teenage girl, a Christian, the middle child, a writer-in-progress, a #Lightbulb and a #Heartie, and a book, history and music fanatic. :)
What I like to read...
For years now, I have been reading the books written by Martha Finley, a nineteenth century historical fiction writer. She wrote amazing, inspirational Christ-centered books in a series called A Life of Faith. The books have been republished and revised to fit into modern day’s dialogue, and there are three series in A Life of Faith - Millie Keith, Violet Travilla, and Elsie Dinsmore.
I’ve also recently discovered Christian authors such as John J. Horn, Alicia A. Willis, R.M. Ballantyne, Anne Mateer, G.A. Henty, Douglas Bond, and more, who all write (and wrote) historical fiction.
I’m into reading Christ-centered, hair-raising, adventurous books set in historical times past - the Victorian Era, mostly, but I’ve also stretched my wings a little and have read some Medieval and Modern works.
As you can see from the list above, I love historical fiction. I love looking back in time and seeing the cultures that nations used to have, the dialogue people used to use, the way people used to act. I love getting drawn into another time and place when reading historical fiction.
What I've noticed about historical novels...
I've heard the phrase "a mirror to our own lives today" used when describing historical fiction. I think that phrase is completely accurate, becuase, in times such as the Victorian or Medieval eras, the people were exactly like they are right now, in the 21st century - they had the same emotions, they had the same problems, and they had the same quirks that we have today, which is one reason I love reading books set in the past.
You see, history isn’t just dull dates and long speeches, Presidents and Congressmen, Amendments and wars. History is what brought us to where we are now. If we look back to the mistakes that we as Americans, or just people in general, made, we can better determine what path not to follow as we live life.
We can see the struggles, the wars, and bad and good times that made our country what it is today. But, then, there’s the fun element, right? I can’t think of better fiction than historical novels...they’re set in the past. In history. In a time that, sometimes, doesn’t get much recognition or isn’t appreciated for what it was.
I love the fun of imagining what the world was like back in the day...
The dress. The dialogue. The people. The stagecoaches...it all makes up for one fun ride, wouldn't ya say?
Some historical novels I would recommend...
Brothers at Arms: Treasure and Treachery in the Amazon, by John J. Horn
(Or, actually, the whole Men of Grit series.)
Remembering the Alamo, by Alicia A. Willis
The Coral Island, by Robert Michael (R.M.) Ballantyne
I sincerely hope you enjoyed this blogpost, and I hope can come back around and blog again in the near future!
Ab imo pectore,
Micaiah R. Keough