Facts intertwined with fiction. What could be better?
The actual events told in this type of genre lead us to a place of recognition, a type of déjà vu, of places and people in history. Add in a touch of fiction, of, what if this happened, and a magical, mystical, yet very believable story emerges.
The Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear, about a female detective set in post World War I England, dealing with the aftermath of war’s lingering memories while forging ahead in the hope and belief that war will never again come to England.
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy, a classic tale set during the French Revolution, of an unknown man, adept at disguise, who smuggles French aristocrats across the English Channel, away from an appointment with madam guillotine.
The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford—stories of the everyday lives of Chinese American residents of Seattle’s suburbs during the 1930s and 40s, as they struggle against the prejudices of the times.
Historical fiction. Real places, real events, and, sometimes, real characters. What more could one want? Try it. You just might like it.