Thursday, January 18, 2007

Ann Rinaldi

If you have to pick up a historical fiction book, you can't go too far wrong with this author. I read Sarah's Ground last night, which was a very fascinating story about the real girl who was in charge of George Washington's house at Mount Vernon during the Civil War. And interesting mix of historical eras, with a little romance thrown in as well.

Other titles that I particularly liked-- Wolf by the Ears, about the purported children of Thomas Jefferson with one of his slaves, and Or Give Me Death, about the wife of Patrick Henry, who was mentally disturbed. The Quilt Trilogy is also worth picking up. Second Bend in the River, about a very young girl in early 1800s Ohio who has a crush on the much older Indian chief Tecumseh, was odd but good as well.

Usually these books cover the period from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War.

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