I just finished the book The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin. It is a fictional account of the marriage and life of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh written from Anne's first person perspective. It is wonderful! I knew he was a famous aviator and that their baby had been kidnapped, but that was it. There is so much more to them than I ever knew! When the book was over, all I wanted to do was know MORE! The author even stated in the notes in the back of the book that "reading historical fiction makes the reader want to learn more about the characters and time period." Isn't that the truth? In fact, Anne Morrow Lindbergh wrote a book called Gift from the Sea that is mentioned in The Aviator's Wife. I immediately ordered it and should have it by Monday. I want to read her wisdom for women.
After I watched the movie Titanic, I wanted to read and watch anything that had to do with it, to learn the stories of those who sailed (and died) on that fateful voyage. Historical fiction does that to me. It inspires me to research and dig deeper.
When Dawson and I were studying American History last year, we were stuck on slavery and the Civil War for quite some time. We were reading all kinds of historical fiction and just couldn't move on! We wanted to learn more and more!
Around that time I picked up the book The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. It was "Roots" and "North and South" all wrapped up into one book. It was so good! Kathleen Grissom is currently researching and writing a historical account of the story of Crow Mary, a Native American woman who carried a Colt revolver in her studded belt. You can bet it will be on my reading list.
I have also recently started reading books by Kate Morton. The Forgotten Garden, The House at Riverton, and The Secret Keeper have moved me though World War I, pre-World War II England through the blitz, and Victorian England in the 19th century. The Distant Hours is next.
History was so boring to me when I was growing up. But, now?? I am hooked! I love ANYTHING with a historical backdrop. How about you? Do you have any excellent historical fiction titles and authors you would like to share?
This post is linking up with the Schoolhouse Review Crew's current Blog Cruise, "A Good Read".