Dear reader,

With so many books now on the market, many new authors get overlooked. I’ve compiled a short list of books/authors that are worth taking a look at—from non-fiction history to YA historical fiction. Of course, since I have an interest in the Civil War, many of these books are geared toward that, but I’ve also included some mystery and suspense novels, as well as two old classics that I highly recommend.

 Here they are in no particular order:

 Genre: Nonfiction/History

Confederate brigadier general J.E.B. Stuart entrusted a secret album to Laura Ratcliffe, a young girl in Fairfax County who provided a safe haven for Rebel forces. Mauro uncovers the mystery behind this album, identifying who the 26 soldiers and 14 loyal Confederate civilians who signed it were.

 CROSS OVER THE RIVER: Lives of Stonewall Jackson, by Bruce Weir Benidt

Genre: Historical Fiction

When Stonewall Jackson was killed by friendly fire at the height of his great victory in 1863, the course of the Civil War and American history was changed. This novel paints a passionate and realistic portrait of the Civil War’s most enigmatic and daring general.

 RIDE THE WIND by Lucia St. Clair Robson

Genre: Historical/Adventure

In 1836, when she was nine years old, Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanche Indians. This is the story of how she grew up with them, mastered their ways, married one of their leaders, and became, in every way, a Comanche woman.

 FOR THE BIRDS (Tall Pines Mystery) by Aaron Paul Lazar

Genre: Mystery

After Marcella Hollister’s quarrelsome mother, Thelma, is kidnapped, Marcella must find her—somewhere in the tall pines of the six-million-acre Adirondack Park.  Bizarre “tips” from the parakeet Ruby help Marcella, much to the chagrin of the FBI, who wants her to stay out of the investigation.

Finalist in 2011 ForeWord Book of the Year Award in the Mystery category


 Genre: Christian-themed Suspense/Time Travel

 Maggie Poinsett has the opportunity to change history. When she steps through the rusty gate, she’s thrust into the middle of the Civil War. Disguising herself as a boy, she joins forces with photographer, Thomas MacKinlay, the man she traveled through time to save. Falling in love with him certainly complicates things.

 Nominated for Global Ebooks Award

DEATH ON DELIVERY by Anne K. Edwards

 Genre: Mystery

Jania Yewbanks never should have opened a package meant for her husband and decided to keep the contents for herself. She paid the ultimate price. It is her obit in a local paper that sets Hannah Clare on the trail of a murder for hire ring.

 CAVES, CANNON and CRINOLINES by Beverly McClure

 Genre: YA Historical Fiction

Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines is the story of Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford and her family’s daily struggle to survive a changing way of life during the American Civil War. This is a story of fear, courage, and understanding that people, no matter where they live, have the same needs: love, peace and security.

Finalist in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Novella Category

Honor Winner in the 2012 Eric Hoffer Awards, YA Category
Finalist in the Global eBook Award, YA

 Classics you may wish to try.

 NORTHWEST PASSAGE by Kenneth Roberts

 Genre: Historical Fiction

 This is the story of Major Robert Rogers and the early Rangers of the French and Indian War. Even if you’re not interested in the time period, the writing is so good, you’ll love the journey!

SHANNA by Kathleen Woodiwiss

Genre: Historical Romance

 Woodiwiss is the “founding mother of the historical romance” genre and I can recommend anything she wrote. The Flame and the Flower and Ashes in the Wind are two other favorites.

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