I love, love, love, love love, love, love historical fiction. Yes, I am weird and a closet nerd. I’m coming out, just for you. For as long as I can remember I’ve devoured books with historical settings, and with the last book in my NA Historical Romance, the Kiya trilogy, now available (released Feb 25) I want to talk about History!
I read the Horrible Histories books as a middle grade reader.
In high school, I read a book about a Native American girl who wanted to prove herself a mighty warrior and great leader for her tribe. I also read a novel about a convict girl in Australia and how she managed to make a better life for herself…. I just wish I’d paid more attention to what they were called!
Religious historical novels I’ve read are the entire Work and the Glory series, and Orson Scott Card’s Women of Genesis.
I’ve read books on WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War. I’ve read about the Tutors, the Gregorian era, Victorian era, King Arthur.
I have a myriad on non-fiction books covering ancient civilizations from the western and eastern hemispheres. My parents took me to see the Terracotta Soldiers, and Mummies on exhibit in Sydney as a treat.
Now I’m rambling.
The point is; I love history.
Now I’m fully aware how dry historical fiction can be. It can also be daunting if you have no prior understanding of the setting. That is where carefully selecting what you read is important. One of my favorite historical reads is The Sword of Attila. Okay, yes, it’s not exactly a light read, but I found it fascinating watching the Roman Empire clash with that of the Huns. I lean toward ancient history, so it worked for me.
A historical I read recently that I enjoyed is Echoes of Dark and Light. It’s a story set during the American civil war, with a great heroine and a fantastic love interest.
I believe history can teach us so much about ourselves and how to be better. Historical fiction can make these lessons entertaining, and bury into our hearts the lessons they have to teach without forcing it down our throats. History is where we have come from, and learning about our past can make our future better. Historical Fiction is amazing if you take the time to “get it”.