Welcome back to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted as always by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic has several possible variations but I’m choosing to talk about my favorite historical settings. You know, those periods of history whose mere mention in a book blurb has your radar engaged and your interest piqued.
(This covers the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Early American eras for me)
Some of my favorite books from this time period include:
The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz
A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist
The Midwives series by Laurie Alice Eakes
The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton
Love’s Reckoning by Laura Frantz
Ben & Me by Robert Lawson
This is a subset of sorts to the previous category, but after living in Kentucky for 20-some years I’m particularly drawn to stories that tell its rich history. (This subset could also easily be called “books by Laura Frantz” lol)
My favorites in this category are (not surprisingly) all by Laura Frantz! 🙂
I could pretty much just say “All of Julie Klassen’s books” and “All of Sarah Ladd’s books”, and that would be accurate too.
But some of my specific favorites in this genre are:
The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen
A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Whispers on the Moors series by Sarah E. Ladd
Daughters of Bainbridge House series by Laurie Alice Eakes
This is probably the most difficult setting from which to pick my favorite books, simply because the authors I tend to like here stick with this genre and do a phenomenal job every time. So I’m just going to highlight a few of my favorite in the collage and then send you to the amazon pages for each author, instead of the separate books.
This is similar to the Wild, Wild West setting but I’m specifically thinking here about the wagon trains and the homesteaders and the logging camps.
Some of my favorites in this category include:
Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke
Lassoed in Texas series by Mary Connealy
Michigan Brides series by Jody Hedlund
The 12 Brides of Christmas collection
Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist
I love many books and series from this setting but these are my favorites:
Refiner’s Fire series by Lynn Austin
Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
Heroines Behind the Lines series by Jocelyn Green
A Lasting Impression (plus several other books) by Tamera Alexander
While this sometimes overlaps with the Civil War, many books about the Underground Railroad occur before the war began or apart from it.
Besides those I mentioned along with the Civil War, my favorite books about the Underground Railroad are The Ballantyne Legacy series by Laura Frantz and The Saddler’s Legacy series by Rosslyn Elliott.
Ok. So. That’s only 7 but they are my very favorite historical settings.
Honorable mention goes to The Gilded Age/Edwardian Period (with books like The Everstone Chronicles by Dawn Crandall, Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist, the Edwardian Brides series by Carrie Turansky, and A Class Of Their Own series by Jen Turano) as well as World War 2 (including For Such A Time by Kate Breslin, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, Flame of Resistance by Tracy Groot, and The Butterfly & The Violin by Kristy Cambron).
What are some of your favorite historical settings? Are there any books I missed from your favorite era?
STAY TUNED next week for our very special and much-requested KISSING BOOKS 101, LESSON 2 post. I’ve got a fabulous bundle giveaway planned with all of the books I’ll be featuring that day!!
Also, check out my Pinterest page and my #WeRead boards for more historical settings and lots of great pictures!