Historical Fiction


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,


(Guest Blogger)

Micaiah R. Keough



Have you ever?


Have you ever woken up, and realized your like in nothing like you thought it would be?

Well, today was one of those days...

(Warning. Venting on coming.)

How can a dream turn into a nightmare? How can hope just die?

What am I talking about?


I put all my hopes and dreams into a certain outcome. 100% believing it was what I wanted.

Everyday that I got closer to my goal. Everyday also making a new compromise. 

By the time my day came my dream could not be recongnized.

How can something that looked so good, so perfect... turn into such a nightmare.

I just want to run away from it all!

But what about those I would be leaving behind?

My family needs me, they need out of this toxic situation, and it kills me that I can't get them out.

I search my mind for an answer... nothing comes.

Just ear shattering silence.

This is suffocating me like a wet blanket.

My soul is sick, slipping into comatose, to weak to cry, but it can't end like this!

I'm a fighter, they can't keep me down forever!

Still, that is easier said then done.

Someday soon the sun will rise, I will lift my head to the breeze, and the pain will be gone.

I'll shed my past for a brillant future.


Hey reader,

These are excerpts from real days in the life of Ashley Keough. I post these as not only a release, but as encouragement to you that your not alone. We are human. No one is a Superhero. We're just people who need to be real, and help others through their tough roads.

So whoever you are, and whenever you are reading this just know, you are not alone.

Don't ever give up... That's just what they want...    


Sitting here I can still vividly remember...

All the times I sat out, I stayed home, I did nothing.

I watched the kids having fun... free as a bird.

I watched my peirs living their dreams... conquering the world.

Yet, here I am. Still in the same boat, just waiting...

I can here my mind going over the usual excuses:

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  2. I'll start that when I know exactly what to do
  3. I'll be ready to do that tomorrow or... the next day
  4. I'll have happiness when this and that happens...

Well... I may never have the perfect body,

I may never know exactly what to do,

I may never be ready or happy,


I'm going to go to that movie with my friends,  

I'm starting that business,

Ready or not I'm facing my fears,

And I choose to be happy.


Fear of failing

It will keep you hiding, procrastinating, avoiding...

Don't let the fear a failing hold you back from who you are suppost to be!

You ARE enough!

You don't need that operation to be pretty enough. You are enough.

You don't need _____ to be enough. To be ready. To be happy. To _____ . 

You are enough.



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