Hi, Tom! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and respond. When I'm reading historical fiction, I'm getting general ideas of the feel for the era and the issues rather than specifics, knowing that the details may not be accurate. I was a very young reader, and read Gone with the Wind in Junior High. I didn't understand the romanticism and the culture of the South, but reading it did give me a better understanding of the Civil War and a step up before I got to high school. Learning about history is a gradual acquisition and fiction got me started.
The older I've gotten, the more interested I've gotten in history and have found good nonfiction writers where the story moves like a novel, no longer believing that factual writing has to be dull.
I really appreciate your response and wish you the best. Hope to hear from you again. I think there's an article idea here about compelling nonfiction history authors! Or a list of nonfiction works for certain topics.
Have a great day!