Christian Fiction Challenge: Books set throughout American History

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Within Christian fiction there are a lot of books set during different periods of American history. I guess it is because most of the people who write these kinds of books are American. I found reading some of these books quite interesting as we only studied modern American history in school and it was nice to pick up little bits of information about the country’s history. (I guess that’s a good thing, as I did marry an American!)

Anyway, here are the reviews of the three books I decided to read:

IMG_0338Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund

For some reason I am finding this one difficult book to review.

On the one hand it’s a gripping tale of Caroline, young woman thrown into the role of lighthouse keeper, after the unexpected death of her father, and at a time when it was not acceptable for a woman to have this job. I felt the author dealt with this interesting topic in a great way.

But, on the other hand I found it a bit over the top and quite unbelievable. At one point one of the main characters overcame an opium addiction overnight. And despite being a Christian book the faith aspect was minimal. In fact, it seemed to just rely on Caroline just repeating “God is good.” Even though her situation was unbearable: both her parents had died; her younger sister is dying and she’s the sole breadwinner, who’s about to lose her job. Yes God is good, all the time, but I would have liked to see her maybe struggle a little bit more in her faith in that situation. Forgiveness also seems to come easily to her, despite people doing some completely heartless things.

Despite this, I would still recommend reading it, it really was a lot of fun!

IMG_0337The Midwife’s Tale by Delia Parr

I decided to read this book because I love the TV show Call the Midwife, it turned out to be more like Little House on the Prairie or the Waltons though, due to a lack of midwifing action and the American setting.

One of the things I liked about his book was that it wasn’t about your typical twenty or thirty something falling in love, but rather about an older busy-body widow going about her day to day life and facing her problems, including a runaway daughter. This is probably why the book felt more mature and introspective than the other two. There were some parts of the story which were a bit slow, but that didn’t take away from the impact.

There were several plotlines, so it is hard to summarise this book, but the main one was Martha worrying over her daughter who had run off with the circus whilst she kept busy helping a young orphan.

I enjoyed this book, but I guess it was more like a mellow wander through the country side than a ride on a roller coaster. I also liked the prodigal daughter plotline, and the fact that you never really knew which characters you could trust.

IMG_0336My Heart Stood Still by Lori Copeland

This was a fast paced and exciting story with plenty of action and a good splash of romance. When the wagon carrying Anne Marie to jail is attacked, she is rescued by a native American. Soon they are joined by Quincy, a black man, and the adventure really begins. Taking them through shootings, jails breaks and down the bottom of wells the pace never once lets up. I was gripped.

The main character is likeable, but a bit of a loveable idiot at times. It was a lot of fun to read about her, and the kind of slapstick moments that want to make you laugh and groan at the same time. Whilst this book is officially a Christian book, faith is not mentioned a lot, making it suitable for non Christians, but clean enough for even the most easily offended.

I enjoyed reading all these stories, they reminded me a lot of the Little House on the Prairie books I used to borrow from the school library. It would be nice, though. if there were more books set in other times and places in history.

Are there any historical Christian books you would recommend?

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6 thoughts on “Christian Fiction Challenge: Books set throughout American History

    • Nope. I’ve not read when call the heart, I’ll have to look into it though. I read a couple of Amish books, I liked one and the other not so much, are there any you would recommend?

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