A Shared Passion for History
If I can make one guess about you, gentle reader, my guess is that we share a love for letting our imaginations slide backward through time.
I go time-sliding because it teaches me to understand other people, and sometimes to understand myself.
No matter how different their clothing or manners, the men and women of our history closed the doors at night, drew their chairs up to the fire, and dreamed the same dreams we do.
I do believe, as the old saying goes, that those who do not know their history are condemned to repeat it. And history contains terrible lessons about what happens when we are cruel and careless, when we do not love our neighbors, when we see others through the eyes of the harsh world instead of through the merciful eyes of God.
I also believe that history contains persons whose lives can inspire us to do what we are called to do, whether our tasks are large or small. Some of those examples from the past are beautiful. They make me glad to be human, and they show me glimpses of God's grace as it manifests itself through our imperfect lives.
I write love stories marked by adventure, danger, and spiritual dilemmas. I do it because every day in history has been filled with passion, difficult decisions, and unsung heroes.
Most of all, I believe that even in its darkest moments, history is a love story.
Historical resources I love:
Throes of Democracy,
by Walter A. McDougall
What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America 1815-1848,
by Daniel Walker Howe
The Reshaping of Everyday Life 1790-1840,
by Jack Larkin
The Ladies' Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness,
by Florence Hartley
Textiles for Early Victorian Clothing, 1850-1880,
by Susan W. Greene
Daily Life in Victorian England,
by Sally Mitchell