“We sometimes criticize and point the finger at other people who do the same things we did, the things we’re ashamed to talk about.” In the Wall of Tears, author David Kerr offers us a “modern” historical fiction version of ancient biblical history.
Be careful of what you ask of God … as you just might get it.
“…The vastness of the ocean that stretched to meet the sky filled her with a longing to reconnect with the God of the universe. She wanted to feel that closeness and security again. ‘Here I am, God, she prayed. ‘But what am I here for?’”
How does an effeminate boy that sees fairies survive in rough medieval London? In the historical fiction YA coming-of-age story Airy Nothing, author Clarissa Pattern gives us a wonderful gift. It is a feel-good story of a special boy set in a cruel period of 16th century English history with themes that continue to resonate strongly today.
In The Heretic Wind, author Judith Arnopp introduces us to Mary Tudor, the daughter of Henry the VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon, and the first English Queen in her own right. The book is a fictionalized biography of Mary I (Mary Tudor, whom John Foxe dubs “Bloody” Mary). The historical character is easy to hate… which is why this book is so wonderful—as Arnopp puts us into Mary’s head, we discover…
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