One of the best things we encountered as we started homeschooling was the Lamplighter publishing company. They carefully select older stories, stories that are character building and inspiring from a Biblical perspective. They rebind them in the most beautiful of colors. The Lamplighter table is always among my favorites at the homeschool fairs. I would attend one just to visit their table!
We have collected a few over the years--our first was Elizabeth Prentiss' Stepping Heavenward which was first published in 1869. It tells the story of a young girl as she grows into a mature young woman with her own family. The treasure of the story is how Mrs. Prentiss describes the spiritual growth of her young heroine.
Pictured above are a few of our Lamplighter titles. I am currently reading one by E.D.E.N. Southworth entitled Ishmael. It was first published in 1876. In almost any blurb you can find about Mrs. Southworth, she is described as the most popular American novelist of her day (1819-1899), but we don't see much about her Christian life.
In any case, I encourage you to look into the Lamplighter titles. I can't help but think that if today's presses put out these kinds of stories, the world would be so very different.