I know for myself, I read tons of books as a child, but the first book I really remember was The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. It was a historical setting with a strong female character headed on an adventure. Then later as a young adult the book series that changed my life and introduced me to the world of Christian Historical Fiction was Liz Curtis Higgs Lowlands Biblical Fiction series. What was the first book you really remember reading that stuck with you and gave you a love for books?
The first full-length book I remember reading was White Fang. My oldest sister was reading it, and because I was an animal fanatic, I was motivated to read the entire book. Jack London writes scary stuff for a six year old, but I stuck with it and still have vivid memories from that first reading, including White Fang’s fight with the bulldog. Honestly, I think most of the violence went right over my head.
Any book with an animal as a main character was sure to catch my attention from that time on. I loved the Dr. Dolittle series, Walter Farley’s Black Stallion books, Lad, a Dog and others by Albert Payson Terhune, and numberless others. I know that I liked my animal heroes to behave like animals, not to wear clothing and stand upright. Reepicheep was the one exception to this rule! And, speaking of Reepicheep, the Chronicles of Narnia was the series that first opened my heart to God’s love. The animal-fanatic child fell in love with Aslan, a lion, and eventually that love led me to Jesus.
A fun question, Margaret! Thank you for joining my blog tour.
Until that Distant Day by Jill Stengl
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Pages: 400 Trade Paperback
Date Published: April 25th, 2014
Publisher: Rooglewood Press
Colette and her brother Pascoe are two sides of the same coin, dependent upon one another in the tumultuous world of the new Republic. Together they labor with other leaders of the sans-culottes to ensure freedom for all the downtrodden men and women of France.
But then the popular uprisings turn bloody and the rhetoric proves false. Suddenly, Colette finds herself at odds with Pascoe and struggling to unite her fractured family against the lure of violence. Charged with protecting an innocent young woman and desperately afraid of losing one of her beloved brothers, Colette doesn’t know where to turn or whom to trust as thebloodshed creeps ever closer to home.
Until that distant day when peace returns to France, can she find the strength to defend her loved ones . . . even from one another?
Jill Stengl is the author of numerous romance novels including Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award- and Carol Award-winning Faithful Traitor, and the bestselling novella, Fresh Highland Heir. She lives with her husband in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, where she enjoys her three cats, teaching a high school English Lit. class, playing keyboard for her church family, and sipping coffee on the deck as she brainstorms for her next novel.
She blogs at Books, Cats, and Whimsy. Do stop by and follow her to keep up with all her writing and reading-related activities!
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