By nature and habit, I’m a list-maker. I may not actually check things off my list – I may just forget I ever made a list – I may not “rediscover” one until, “Oh well, that was a list for Monday and now it’s Thursday.” I may find my list crumpled into a ball in the bottom of my handbag – Admit it, you probably do it, too! I may pin it to my bulletin board and then try in vain to recall where I put it.
But nevertheless, I make lists. On scrap-paper. On the backs of receipts. On old envelopes. And (my personal favorite) in notebooks.
And why? Because, even if I never look at a particular list again, the process of list-making clarifies my goals, whether for a grocery-trip, packing for a vacation, or even puttering around doing housework. And – when I do keep track of that list! – I get immense satisfaction from knowing that, yes, I am getting things done, even when it might not seem like it at times.
For The Mystery of the Missing Cufflinks, the first book of The Regency Adventures of Jemima Sudbury, I made a list. A catalogue, if you will, of the things that God laid upon my heart to accomplish through this new series. I’d like to share it with you because I think that these books might be something of interest to you mamas of middle-grade (that’s ages 8-12, roughly) girls.
- To introduce middle-grade girls to how life really might have been for historical children their own age through age-appropriate literature. With that goal in mind, the Jemima Sudbury series is well-researched and incorporates everyday life for girls in the Regency era (1810s). It can be used to enrich homeschooling or just as an enjoyable time-travel experience. Additionally, I’ve included no romantic elements – not even a he’s-sweet-on-you theme. Children grow up so quickly… Why not let them enjoy their childhood while they can?
- To affirm the Christian values of the reader’s family. There’s quite a bit of historical fiction meant for middle-grade girls… but, unfortunately, a lot of it can make a protective, Christ-honoring parent squirm. We want our children to read… but we don’t want them to fill up with anti-Christian attitudes, heavy sarcasm, and the cultural views of our day. Thus, I’ve specifically written the Jemima books with a Christian worldview, including the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus and how that relationship will affect our actions. The main character, Jemima, is feisty but not contentious, feminine but not weak-willed, adventurous but not rebellious. (I modelled her after my niece, so I’m pretty partial to her!)
- To inspire wholesome imagination and creativity. Jemima often has to solve puzzles; she works with her hands; she is fond of reading and make-believe. My hope is that she motivates readers to a similar enthusiastic enjoyment of the mental, physical, and spiritual life.
So, those are the goals for The Regency Adventures of Jemima Sudbury! The first book released in November, with the plan of releasing one about every three months. I pray that you and your daughters will enjoy them immensely, find them encouraging, and be greatly blessed by them!