Laura Haley-McNeil

10/13/19, Setting and Time Period

Hello, Everyone!

I love reading books where setting and time period are as important as the character. One of my favorite settings is the South, and I try to visit that area whenever I can. When I visited Charleston, South Caroline, I fell in love, and finally immortalized that city in my book When Love Whispers, Book 2 of the Beaumont Brides Series.

South as Setting

Books set in the South usually top my reading list. Of course, I’ve read Gone with the Wind more times than I can count. I love the way that book draws me back to a time when everything seemed idyllic only have it disintegrate and put the characters to the test

Southern Historicals

Alexandra Ripley wrote the Gone with the Wind sequel Scarlett. That book isn’t on my favorite’s list, but when I learned that she wrote other southern historical novels, I devoured them.

Time Periods

Anne Rivers Siddons is a favorite author of mine because so many of her books are set in Georgia, and she often sets her books in the 1960s, which is an interesting time as women’s role in society changed. She explores growing up in Atlanta, characters who are not wealthy but are related to or friends with peers whose families are wealthy and college co-eds, a term never used anymore. I find her viewpoint fascinating.

Another favorite author of mine who writes historical novels and women’s changing roles is Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Amanda Quick. Her latest series is set in the 1930s. It’s hard to believe that time period is considered an historical era, but it was nearly one hundred years ago. Time flies.

European Settings

Bodie Thoene, a Christian author, has written a couple of series, the Zion Chronicles and the Zion Covenant, set in set in 1930s and 1940s Germany, Austria and Israel. Her research is exquisite, probably having a husband who is a professor of European history helps. Most of what she writes I had studied in history classes, but the way she brings these events to life is spellbinding and leaves me breathless. Also, many of her characters are musicians so I’m especially drawn to her writing.

If you have a favorite setting and time period that draw you to certain books, please share them. I’m always looking for new favorite authors.

Have a wonderful and blessed week!