Recently, I've been seeing a lot of books pop up that combine historical and present-day fiction, usually in alternating chapters. Admittedly, I haven't read a lot of historical fiction. In fact, the genre in general just doesn't interest me and I find myself struggling to connect to the characters and the events set in a time period so different to my own. However, these combined-period books have been piquing my interest more and more and whilst I do tend to be more drawn towards the present-day storylines, I'm finding myself actually enjoying the historical storylines too. These types of books seem to be a popular trend in recently published YA books, so I wanted to share two of my most favourite finds:
Darkmere by Helen Maslin
Darkmere combines a chilling story of a young bride in 1825 who moves into the Darkmere castle to be with her new husband, and a modern-day story of Kate, who spends the Summer at Darkmere castle with her friends after one of them inherits it. The two stories intertwine in unexpected ways and the story leaves a chilling atmosphere behind.
Crow Mountain by Lucy Inglis
Crow Mountain combines present-day Hope's story as she travels to Montana with her mother and meets ranch-boy Cal with Emily's story in 1867 as she travels across the world to meet the man she is going to marry. Both main characters are English, so the story combines English history and customs with the American way of life - set across two different centuries. This romance is swoon-worthy and the way the stories intertwine with one another is as seamless as it is beautiful.
I can see this trend popping up a lot lately in YA and think this new genre could be the perfect stepping stone for readers like me who struggle to get into historical fiction. Have you read any YA books that combine historical fiction with a present-day story? I'd love to know your thoughts on this topic.