History in Books: Five Fall Favorites

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One of my favorite types of fiction is historical. It's so fun to get to dive into history and see what the people around events might have been thinking and feeling. Perhaps this love for historical fiction comes from my early love of biographies and trying to understand how people who lived during events felt, instead of just seeing how history views the event itself.

I'm really looking forward to sharing some of my favorite books from this genre. 

My first book might seem a little odd. It's a biblical fiction series that takes place from before Noah's flood through the fall of the Tower of Babel. Yet, Kacy Barnett-Gramckow did such a good job grounding her Genesis Trilogy in not only what the Bible says, but historical and creation science data. I loved how she built these on the foundation of the early part of scripture being fact, instead of metaphorical. 

My Reviews of Book 1 | Book 2 | Book 3

There are times you go through as a reader when you wonder why you even bother reading anymore. All the books seem to have the same story and message. And then, a book comes along that reminds you why you read. A Home for My Heart did that for me. It avoided so many of the cliche stories and characters I had read when reading about orphans and those that cared for them at this time. Yet, this story still showed some of the historical challenges.

Note: the author recently changed covers and went to using her given name.

Goodreads | Amazon

Amy Lynn Green is among my favorite authors, and that's with just two books out! (Anyone else have her next book on pre-order?) However, The Lines Between Us captures something unique and wonderful. Not only does it share some very interesting historical facts, but also captures the struggles and attitudes toward those who were conscientious objectors. It didn't wrap everything up with a bow but left some questions unanswered while still being a completely satisfying read.

(The kindle edition is on sale for 0.99!)

The American Revolution is such a fascinating time in history and so much more complex than we often think of it as. I loved this novel about spies, Quakers who wouldn't fight, and the hard choices so many faced during this time. The romance was sweet and slow. I just so adore this book on so many levels.

It's pretty obvious by now that Joanna Davidson Politano is a new favorite author (another whose next book I've pre-ordered). This is among my favorites. It is historical fiction, set in England. I love how Politano gives strong female characters that also seem to fit into their historical context. I get a little weary of the very modern attitudes I find in so many women in historical fiction. This book was beautifully written, and historically rich, and the faith message just left me wanting to hug the book. Too bad I was listening to the audiobook. 

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  1. Oooo, these all sound so good, Sarah! Thanks for the recommendations!

  2. The Lines Between Us looks so interesting! And thanks for sharing the Kindle deal. ;)

    1. I was just so excited to see it on sale! I hope you were able to snag a copy.

  3. Love this list! Thanks for sharing these, Sarah :)

  4. Ahhhh, I loved A Home for My Heart, it's so beautiful!