1. The Hidden Hand
by E.D.E.N. Southworth
Mystery, romance, and humor at its finest! Set in Virginia it gives a good glimpse into the antebellum south and the Mexican War. The mystery begins in the first chapter, the romance exhibits beautiful chivalry, respect, and purity, and the humor brings out the sermon. The heroine is not an unapproachable saint. Instead it chronicles Capitola’s humorous journey to overcoming her rebellion and attitudes which was very convicting for me. Warning!!!! Do NOT pick this book up unless you can read it through without many interruptions! It is close to impossible to put down.
by Jane Austen
Ahhh….Jane Austen! Emma, the heroine, is the perfect model of manipulation, hypocrisy, and at the end of the book, true repentance. Through humor and romance Austen clearly brings the message across, don’t tell others what to do unless you could do it yourself, and it’s not your job to be someone else’s Holy Spirit.
by Gene Stratton Porter
An interesting and beautiful exposition of a family seen through the eyes of a little girl. It’s really the story of her older brother’s romance(an example of true chivalry) but the model for a Godly family shines through.
4.The Bronze Bow
by Elizabeth George Speare
The story that gave me a better glimpse into the Palestine of Jesus’ day and what it might have been like to talk to Him.
5. Twice Freed
by Patricia St. John
What The Bronze Bow does for the Gospels, Twice Freed does for the rest of the New Testament. Onesemius, the runway slave of Philemon, takes the place of protagonist. The area of Greece, Macedonia, Rome, and Asia Minor comes alive as Onesemius finds true freedom through meeting Paul, Mark, and other disciples.
6. A Peep Behind the Scenes
by O.F. Walton
The story of a child’s redemption from the worldly business of theatre and coming to know Christ.
7. Aunt Jane’s Hero
by Elizabeth Prentiss
The story exhibits how the foundations you lay in your pre-marriage relationships and the mate you choose describe the type of marriage you’ll have.
8. Hind’s Feet on High Places
by Hannah Hurnard
The classic allegory of the true Christian walk. I could read this book 10 times and still feel convicted by it.
9. The Horse and His Boy
by C.S. Lewis
Even though I don’t agree with many of Lewis’ philosophies, this is a wonderful story of a ’pagan’ coming to Christ. My favorite of the Narnia series!
10. Jack and Jill
by Louisa Alcott
A story of contentment and joy through hardships.
11. An Old-Fashioned Girl
by Louisa Alcott
When you read this book, it makes you wonder if Alcott really was a feminist. The main character, Polly, isn’t boy-crazy, worried about the latest fashions, and still enjoys doing what the world deemed ‘little-girl’ pastimes. Her interests are those of the home and being feminine, not feministic. Polly is contrasted with the worldly girl when she visits a city friend who is as different from her as night and day. However, Polly’s influence spills over and her friend realizes that it’s not so bad being an Old-Fashioned Girl.
by Elenor Porter
The classic story of the little girl who played the ‘Glad Game,’ and brought sunshine to everyone she met.
13. Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens
Dickens classic shows how important it is to appreciate the sacrifices others make for you.
14. Rifles for Watie
by Harold Keith
This Civil War tale presents a view on the war from a lesser known region, the Midwest. Did you know that the Cherokees in Oklahoma pacted with the Confederates because they treated Native Americans more fairly? Along with other insights you’ll enjoy reading about Jeff’s service in the Union army, his romance, and the humor he comes across.
15. The Prince and the Pauper
by Mark Twain
Good, clean, humor! Despite Twain’s reputation this classic doesn’t contain any foul language. He does, however, write in a very Elizabethan accent. Travel back to the short reign of King Edward, son of Henry VIII.