Hi, I'm in the midst of writing my rough draft, and it takes place in 1895 in the District of Alberta, Canada. The focus of the story is the trials of a relationship as a family moves from Ontario to settle. It also has themes of deceit (lying about income, etc.) and pride surrounding the struggles of moving from upper middle class to virtual poverty in the west.

So, I know the story is set in a historical time period, but I don't want to drown the novel in history. So, is there a way to incorporate little bits of historical elements into the novel to give it that historical context without having it read like a text book? I guess I'm more interested in writing a novel that takes place in a historical time period, rather than writing historical fiction. If that makes any sense...