Thursday, January 29, 2009

Historical Reading

I enjoy reading historical novels. I was going to say especially about the frontier, but then I thought of a bunch of other especiallys =) so I'll just say that I enjoy reading historical novels. Period. The one I'm reading now is the third in a trilogy by Nancy E. Turner. The books chronicle the fictionalized story of Turner's grandmother as she makes a life for herself in the Arizona Territory in the early 1900s.

The first book, These is my Words, is one of my all-time favorite books ever. I cried and cried through much of it, not because it was so sad, but because it was so beautiful. Written in diary form, you really get to the heart of Sarah Prine's struggles to persevere through all kinds of challenges. Her first marriage was a loveless one, but her second one was amazing. I could not believe that such a relationship could exist...and yet, as I said, it was based on a real-life story.

I did not like the second book, Sarah's Quilt, as much. The love of Sarah's life died, so if felt like much of the heart of the story fell away. But this third one, The Star Garden, is pretty good. Not as good as the first. I don't think anything could come close to that, but I'm enjoying this one. Trouble is, the only time I have to read during the week is right before I go to bed. And here it is almost 11:15 and I'm still up writing...which means it will be at least 11:3o before I can read...and I have to get up at I don't read all that long. Sigh....

Anyway, if you like stories that have good adventure and a deep, true love while showing what what life was like in another era, I highly recommend this series. I understand there is a fourth one on the way. I know I'll be looking for it!

1 comment:

Sunny said...

I want to read those books. Thanks for the tip.