I adore historical romance. I divide my reading fairly evenly between historical and contemporary. Part of me even wishes I had the gumption to write historical, but the research aspect intimidates me. So, I just continue to read the ones others have written.
I have several favorite authors when it comes to historicals, and one I've stumbled upon in the last few years is Roseanna M. White. I've been immersed in this series lately, starting with A Name Unknown. It's about a patched-together family of thieves in England around the time WWI starts, who are hired to use their skills to help the government fight the Germans. Very interesting. Not something you run across every day. And superbly well-written. Plus, the covers are gorgeous. :-)
As I was reading this one a few weeks ago, I giggled and my husband raised an eyebrow as if wanting an explanation. One of the characters is a friend to King George and Prince Edward. Well, Edward had come to visit him, and was offering advice about doing anything you can to have the relationship with the one you love. Why did I giggle at that, you ask? Thanks to my reading challenge I've been doing the last couple years, I've read several books about the history of that time period, and I knew for a fact that Edward eventually abdicates the throne so he can go marry his true love (a divorcee). If I hadn't known that bit of history, the line in the book wouldn't have been as strong.
So many people are pushing history aside as an unnecessary class. Instead, they're encouraging everyone to study STEM classes (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). I'm not saying we don't need those classes, either. I'm just advocating for a balance. If we don't study history, how are we going to learn from others' mistakes? How are we going to have a better understanding of everything it took to be where we are today? How are we going to keep from repeating tragedies that have already happened?
And how are we going to enjoy historical romances more fully?
My two cents. And my history teacher husband didn't even suggest this post. :-)
How do you feel about history? Do you enjoy learning more little stories that explain why things are today? Do you love to go back and read stories about other time periods that make you better appreciate living in a century with indoor plumbing and air conditioning? Have you ever discovered a hidden gem in a story like I did?
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