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Subject: christian historical fiction
Date Posted: 5/6/2008 9:46 PM ET
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I am a huge fan of historical fiction.  I keep up with the new releases pretty well.  However, I am interested in discovering some older authors and titles that I do not know about.  :o)  Some authors/titles that are out of print, no longer writing that are good...or just great historical fiction recommendations no matter the age.

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 11:08 PM ET
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I don't know of any that are OOP or anything, but have you read Francine Rivers Mark of the Lion trilogy?  It's my favorite Christian fiction.

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 11:19 PM ET
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any of Gilbert Morris's series

House of Winslow - 40 books from 1600s- 1940s

Appomattox Saga - Civil War

LIberty Bell - American Revolution

Wakefield Dynasty - England from Henry VIII to 1800s

just to name a few

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 3:48 PM ET
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Lawana Blackwell writes a lot of historical fiction.  I've read the first two books in her Victorian Serenade series, and they were both wonderful.  Tracie Peterson also writes a lot of good historical fiction.

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 5:10 PM ET
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I love B.J. Hoff's Emerald Ballad series. And Brock and Bodie Thoene's two series about WW2: Zion Chronicles and Zion Covenant. I've read a lot of historical fiction, but these three series are my very favorites.

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 5:55 PM ET
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Michael Phillips writes history books from many era's.  The history is very good in them.

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 7:16 PM ET
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Jane Peart has her Bride series that is wonderful - actually I think most of what she writes is historical fiction - love her stuff.

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 10:45 AM ET
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I also like B.J. Hoff

others ....

Esther Loewen Vogt

Catherine Palmer ( A Town Called Hope Series)

Michael Phillips (The Journals of Corrie Belle Hollister Series)  This was my second introduction to christian fiction as a teen alongside Janette Oke (Love Comes Softly Series)   I was hooked on christian historical fiction from there on out!

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 2:57 PM ET
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Brock and Bodie Thoene have researched and written several historical series. My favoritesare The Zion Chronicles and The Zion Covenant. One is set in several European cities as trouble esclates just before WWII. Some of the same characters are followed in the other series as the tension is developing in Jerusalem at the same time. They are excellent reading and give you a very good picture of what was happening at that time in the world. Other Historical series they have authored are: The Shiloh Legacy series, The Saga of the Sierras, and The Galway Chronicles. I've yet to read a book by them that I haven't enjoyed and from which I've learned a great deal about a particular era of history. Enjoy!

Date Posted: 5/9/2008 9:21 PM ET
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Jack Cavanaugh!!! Definitely!!!

His two most powerful series, in my opinion, are the American Family Portrait series (the first book is The Puritans), and the Book of Books series (the first book is called Glimpses of Truth).  Another series of his that I liked, though I can't remember the name of it as I read it a few years back, is about a family of Christians in Nazi Germany. Very powerful.

I can't recommend Cavanaugh enough. I like his books so much that they are on my permanent - non PBS shelf. I have VERY few fiction books that I feel like keeping. I keep his and some of the Francine Rivers books. That's about it. :-)

Date Posted: 5/24/2008 12:46 PM ET
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I think the Jack Cavanaugh series that Debby is referring to is the Songs in the Night series - they're great books, and are also on my keeper shelf.  The first one is called While Mortals Sleep.  I'm going to have to check out his other series now. :-)

Date Posted: 5/24/2008 1:19 PM ET
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How They Kept the Faith by Grace Raymond is very good.  It is about the Huguenots in France and the persecution they faced. 

Date Posted: 5/24/2008 2:43 PM ET
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I agree with Margaretann - the series that Thoene write are wonderful.   You get a lot of history, but also a few good, well written story.   Some romance, some history, lots of suspense about the war,  just an all around wonderful historical writer.

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 11:58 PM ET
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If you're looking for older Christian historical fiction you might try Taylor Caldwell.  I read "Dear and Glorious Physician" when I was a teen (about Luke) and have "Great Lion of God" (about Paul) and "I, Judas" on my shelf at the moment.  Looking forward to reading them.  I have seen one of her books which contained some graphic sexual content, and since I've only read one of her books, I can't guarantee whether or not these would have anything questionable in them.

Subject: Fiction Books
Date Posted: 5/29/2008 8:21 AM ET
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 Michelle G.

  Since you like Historical Fiction ,you may like Tracie Petterson , she does Historical and Contemporary.

Her "Heirs of Montana Series " was very good . They are in order: Land of my Heart,The Coming Storm,To Dream Anew,The Hope Within . They have been out in the market for awhile now . Some of her newest are:Where My Heart Belongs ,What She Left For Me.

Any one orders from my bookshelf usually is mailed within 2 days . Books are always wrapped good .

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 10:13 AM ET
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I just finished The Oxford Chronicles by Melanie M. Jeschke. It's a trio of books, set in the time of C.S. lewis and JRR Tolkien, The first book is title Inklings. I just loved it and was sad to finish the last book.

I also vote for the Thoene WWII series mentioned above, the Zion Chronicles and the Zion Covenant. It's how I got my best education about WWII.



Date Posted: 5/29/2008 10:29 AM ET
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Keepers of the Ring series by Angela Elwell Hunt (I hope I spelled it right)

This is a great historical series.  The first book is about the very early settlers of the Roanoke colony and then follows the decendents of one family in the following books.  If I am remembering right there are 5 books in the series.


Date Posted: 6/10/2008 5:06 PM ET
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Have you read Robin Lee Hatcher?  Her  COMING TO AMERICA series is heart-warming and enjoyable to read.  There is great intense chemistry and conflict between the main characters.   All three novels are inspirational historical (set in the 1890's) romances.

Date Posted: 6/11/2008 7:34 PM ET
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Penelope Stokes has a good WWII series (set of 3) the Homefront Series.  I really enjoyed it.



Subject: Another suggestion
Date Posted: 6/12/2008 4:44 PM ET
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I haven't heard anyone recommend Lynn Austin yet.  I got started reading some of her books and can't put them down!  I forget the series (one of the books is called "The Color of Your Skin Ain't the Color of Your Heart") but basically it is around the time of the Emancipation Proclamation and the effect that has on one family farm, their town, etc etc...


I also have on my bookshelf a book by Harold Fickett called First Light (Of Saints and Sinners).  It is set in Ireland in the early 1700's.  I'm about to send it packing, though; it's been on my bookshelf since 2006 and no one has ordered it!  Let me know if you are interested.



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Date Posted: 6/12/2008 10:52 PM ET
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Kimberly, you're totally right in recommending Lynn Austin.  She did write one historical series set during the Civil War.  However, "The Color of Your Skin Ain't the Color of Your Heart" was actually written by Michael Phillips.  The name of the series is The Shenandoah Sisters, I believe.  I really enjoyed all four books.  :o)

Date Posted: 6/13/2008 3:44 PM ET
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Hi, I'm new to PBS after hearing about it for a while. If you are looking for older Christian fiction, you should check out Grace Livingston Hill. She was published from 1877 until 1949. I have several of her books listed on my bookshelf - take a look!

Date Posted: 6/16/2008 11:39 PM ET
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Eugenia Price has quite a few series about the Civil War.  I was really engrossed in these a decade or so ago.  She died quite a while ago.

Date Posted: 6/21/2008 3:28 AM ET
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Christy, you're right!  I think I ran into that Michael Phillips series because I liked the Lynn Austin one so much.  Thank you for the correction.

Subject: Hilda Stahl
Date Posted: 6/27/2008 12:49 AM ET
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Books by Hilda Stahl are really good.  She had 2 series that I liked - one was the White Pine Chronicles and the other is The Praire Series.  I also love anything by Darlene Mindrup - she writes books for heartsong presents.