Know someone who loves touring historic homes, visiting museums, and imagining what it would be like to live in another era? Reading a novel can be a great way to let them journey to another time and place for a little while. If you’re searching for a good read for the history buff in your life, this post features some great picks to gift them.
About the stories: The Bible is filled with inspiring stories of unlikely candidates God chose to quietly change eternity. This bestselling compilation in one volume contains five stories about such people—men who stood behind heroes of the faith. Aaron. Caleb. Jonathan. Amos. Silas. Each faithfully sought God in the shadows of His chosen leaders. They answered God’s call to serve without recognition or fame. And they gave everything, knowing their reward might not come until the next life.
Sons of Encouragement by New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers is a good pick for readers who enjoy books about inspiring people of faith in ancient times. Get a copy here to gift.
About the story: Eve Dawson and Audrey Clarkson are two friends from different classes who come of age during World War II and sign up to help by serving as ambulance drivers. In the wake of devastating loss after the war, both women must make life-altering decisions that will set in motion a web of lies and push them both to the breaking point long after the last bomb has fallen.
If I Were You by Christy Award Hall of Fame author Lynn Austin is a historical fiction novel with threads of romance; it’s a good pick for readers who enjoy stories of heroism, courage, and hope set during World War II. Get a copy here to gift.
About the story: France, 1788. Raised under the caring guardianship of young Émile Gagnon, the last of a once-prosperous family, Laurette and Renée are now no longer young girls. A chance encounter with a fashionable woman will bring Renée’s sewing skills to light and secure her a place in the court of Queen Marie Antoinette. An act of reckless passion will throw Laurette into the arms of the increasingly militant Marcel. And Gagnon, steadfast in his faith in God and country, can only watch as those he loves march straight into the heart of the revolution.
Allison K. Pittman’s novel The Seamstress, which breathes life into a cameo character from Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities, is a good pick for historical fiction fans who love the classics. Get a copy of the novel to gift here.
About the story: In Boston in 1773, Emma Malcolm’s father is staunchly loyal to the Crown and has promised Emma’s hand in marriage to Samuel Clarke, a rapacious and sadistic man. But Emma’s heart belongs to Noah Winslow, a lowly printer’s assistant and a Patriot. In modern times, Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth is determined to be the first female Navy SEAL. These women, separated by centuries, must find the strength to fight for love and freedom . . . and discover a heritage of courage and faith.
The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli is a good pick for readers who love time-slip novels featuring strong female characters who persevere in the face of adversity. Get a copy of the novel to gift here.
About the story: When Priscilla, daughter of a prominent Roman general, meets Aquila, a disinherited Jewish immigrant, neither can dream of God’s plan to transform them into the most influential couple of the early church. Nor can they anticipate the mountains that will threaten to bury them. Their courtship unwittingly shadowed by murder and betrayal, they work to build a community of believers, while their lives grow increasingly complicated thanks to a shaggy dog, a mysterious runaway, and a ruthless foe desperate for love. But when they’re banished from home by a capricious emperor, they must join forces with an unusual rabbi named Paul and fight to turn treachery into redemption.
Daughter of Rome by Tessa Afshar is a great pick for readers who enjoy stories featuring characters from the Bible who overcame challenges in order to share the gospel. Get a copy of this novel to gift here.
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