Need to escape the demands of the present for a brief time? Does anyone else remember those old Calgon commercials, where a stressed-out lady longs for a relaxing bubble bath? “Calgon, take me away!” was her famous line. Maybe you are in need of a relaxing break, and I’ve got the perfect solution: historical fiction. It’s one of my favorite ways to unwind. If reading historical fiction appeals to you as well, read on for a list of my favorite titles and authors.
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Overcoming Adversity in Colonial America
Author Laura Frantz has written a variety of tales to tempt readers. Her stories are set in the American Colonial period. My favorite historical fiction book by this author so far is The Mistress of Tall Acre. In the harsh economic conditions following the Revolutionary War, Sophie Menzies is determined to keep her family farm intact. Faced with few options, will Sophie be forced to marry for convenience to survive? Find out in this faith-filled story with unexpected plot twists.
Regency Romance at its Best
Beginning in 2007, with The Lady of Milkweed Manor, Julie Klassen’s Regency romances are inspiring and engaging. Her stories are filled with likeable heroines who have challenges to overcome. Faced with unexpected circumstances, the characters and plot lines draw the reader in. Of course, the course of true love rarely runs smoothly. The author weaves a tale of faith and hope amidst trying circumstances. You may decide to begin with Klassen’s earliest title, or get caught up in her more recent Ivy Hill trilogy. Whichever you choose, I hope you get the chance to sample one of these inspiring books.
Victorious Victorian-Era Tales
As the debut book in her Gresham Chronicles series, Lawana Blackwell’s The Widow of Larkspur Inn provides readers with a glimpse into village life in Victorian England. Recently widowed, Julia Hollis must make her way to the small village of Gresham and take ownership of The Larkspur Inn. Along with her children, Julia must find a way to make the best of her new circumstances. Readers will get caught up in the family’s day-to-day struggles in this uplifting series.
Adventure on the American Frontier
Prolific author Lauraine Snelling set her Red River of the North series in the wilds of the Dakota Territory. In the first book, An Untamed Land, Ingeborg and Roald Bjorklund scrimp and save for passage to America from Norway. They were hoping to build a better life for themselves and their family. Conditions are harsh and unforgiving near the Red River. Will they be able to withstand the difficult realities of their first winter in a new land? If you get caught up in this series, it will keep you reading for a long time to come. Filled with authentic period details, the Red River of the North series gives readers a taste of the struggles of pioneer life.
Edwardian England Intrigue
In her debut novel, The Lost Heiress, Roseanna M. White offers readers a mystery. With the discovery of her long-lost family, Brook Eden also becomes a wealthy heiress. Brook’s life is threatened as she tries to adjust to her new surroundings. Who is behind the plot to harm her? Could it be one of her newfound family members, or someone else? If you enjoy this book, you might want to read the rest of the titles in the Ladies of the Manor series.
Do You Have Any Favorite Inspirational Historical Fiction Titles to Share?
I hope you’ve gotten some good ideas from today’s post. Do you have a favorite inspirational historical fiction book recommendation you would like to share? I’m always looking for book recommendations to add to my Goodreads “To Read” list. If you would like free resources for booklovers, such as some free printable shelf labels, please consider subscribing. Have a wonderful week, and happy historical fiction reading!