All Time Faves: More Gentle Reads

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Thanks for the Memories Thanks for the Memories
By Ahern, Cecelia
2010-02 - Avon A
9780061706240 Check our catalog

 

When Joyce Conway gets a blood transfusion after a tragic accident, she strangely picks up the memories of her donor. Joyce then becomes fixated on two things--a handsome American man she meets the day she gets out of the hospital and finding out who donated the blood. …More

Garden Spells Garden Spells
By Allen, Sarah Addison
2008-04 - Bantam Books
9780553384833 Check our catalog

 

Endowed with peculiar gifts, the Waverleys are outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Their feisty apple tree is reputed to have prophetic fruit and edible flowers with special powers. …More


The Last Time I Saw You The Last Time I Saw You
By Berg, Elizabeth
2010-11 - Ballantine Books
9780345517319 Check our catalog

 

From the beloved bestselling author of "The Year of Pleasures" comes a novel about women and men reconnecting with one another--and themselves--at their 40th class reunion. …More


The Weird Sisters The Weird Sisters
By Brown, Eleanor
2011-01 - Amy Einhorn Books
9780399157226 Check our catalog

 

The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. …More

The Persian Pickle Club The Persian Pickle Club
By Dallas, Sandra
1996-09 - St. Martin's Press
9780312147013 Check our catalog

 

This magical, memorable novel explores the ties that unite women through good times and bad. It is the 1930s, and hard times have hit Harleyville, Kansas, where crops are burning up and there's not a job to be found. For one young farm wife, the highlight of each week is the gathering of the Persian Pickle Clubs, a group of locals dedicated to improving their minds, exchanging gossip, and putting their well-honed quilting skills to good use. …More

A Can of Peas A Can of Peas
By DePree, Traci
2002-07 - Waterbrook Press
9781578565238 Check our catalog

 

Weaving together the strong threads of family and friends in a pattern of grace, forgiveness, and kindness, "A Can of Peas invites readers into a place where every day brings a new story and neighbors are more than just people who live down the road. Sometimes funny and often poignant, these vignettes will draw both men and women into the reassuring rhythms of life as it ought to be-and as it still is in the heart of America. …More

A Girl Called Rosie A Girl Called Rosie
By Doughty, Anne
2008-04 - Severn House Publishers
9780727865908 Check our catalog

 

Rose Hamilton's granddaughter, Rosie, is growing into a lovely young woman. A trip to Kerry is an eye-opening adventure for Rosie and the first step into adult life in an Ireland that has been torn apart, first by the British and then by a fierce civil war. …More

A Cure for Dreams A Cure for Dreams
By Gibbons, Kaye
1991-01 - Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
9780945575337 Check our catalog

 

A Cure for Dreams is set in the rural and small-town South and draws richly upon the author's ear for comic turns of phrase and her sure grasp of the humor, pathos, and dignity of supposedly "ordinary" people. The determination of the women of the story to assert themselves in confining, dependent situations makes for uplifting, enjoyable reading. …More

A Change of Heart: A Harmony Novel A Change of Heart: A Harmony Novel
By Gulley, Philip
2006-06 - HarperOne
9780060834555 Check our catalog

 

The fifth full-length novel in the beloved Harmony series reunites readers with the quirky, lovable cast of characters in Harmony, Indiana. …More

 


Staggerford Staggerford
By Hassler, Jon
1986-07 - Ballantine Books
9780345333759 Check our catalog

 

It is only a week in the life of a 35-year old bachelor school teacher in a small Minnesota town. But it is an extraodinary week, filled with the poetry of living, the sweetness of expectation, and the glory of surprise that can change a life forever..... …More


The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club
By McNeil, Gil
2009-12 - Hyperion Books
9781401341220 Check our catalog

 

This uplifting, funny novel combines knitting, the art of life, and the ways in which a young mother learns to start over after her husband's sudden death. …More


An Unexpected Family An Unexpected Family
By Medlicott, Joan A.
2007-04 - Pocket Books
9781416524564 Check our catalog

 

In this heartwarming new Covington novella by a bestselling author, a shocking secret becomes an extraordinary gift for Amelia, who discovers a newfound family. …More


The Tea House on Mulberry Street The Tea House on Mulberry Street
By Owens, Sharon
2005-01 - Blue Hen Books
9780425201039 Check our catalog

 

"Maeve Binchy meets Joanna Trollope" ("Irish Independent") in the American debut of the international bestseller. Behind the chocolate cappuccinos at Muldoon's Tea Rooms are the stirrings of a revolution that will heal troubled hearts and reveal to the proprietors what truly matters in life and love. …More

Winter Solstice Winter Solstice
By Pilcher, Rosamunde
2001-05 - St. Martin's Press
9780312978389 Check our catalog

 

Retired London stage actress Elfrida Phipps never anticipated going off with a man, but after a devastating tragedy, Oscar Blundell asks for her companionship. Joining them at a Victorian house in Scotland are a broken hearted young woman, a teenage runaway, and a stranger who arrives during a snowstorm. Martin's Press. …More

Julie and Romeo Julie and Romeo
By Ray, Jeanne
2003-12 - New American Library
9780451208682 Check our catalog

 

This deliciously funny and wickedly sexy novel of love found and love threatened tells the story of Romeo Cacciamani and Julie Roseman, who fall in love, despite the fact that their families have hated each other for as long as anyone can remember. …More

Miss Julia Renews Her Vows Miss Julia Renews Her Vows
By Ross, Ann B.
2011-03 - Penguin Books
9780143118565 Check our catalog

 

Readers flock to Ross's popular Southern heroine Miss Julia, who stars in this latest work that is filled with wit, sass, and quirky charm. …More

 


A Country Affair: A Barleybridge Novel A Country Affair: A Barleybridge Novel
By Shaw, Rebecca
2006-05 - Three Rivers Press (CA)
9781400098200 Check our catalog

 

The first of three charming novels--bestsellers in England--set in Barleybridge finds Kate at a crossroads: should she give up her faithful boyfriend and train as a vet or continue to work as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic? …More


Miss Buncle Married Miss Buncle Married
By Stevenson, D. E.
2011-04 - Persephone Books Ltd
9781903155813 Check our catalog

 

Marriage to her publisher, Arthur Abbott, has done nothing to stop Barbara Buncle from involving herself in the lives of her neighbours. After leaving Silverstream and moving to London, Barbara and Arthur are enjoying their newly wedded bliss, but not the city life. The only solution to their problem? Returning to the country. Silverstream is out of the question, but Barbara eventually finds the perfect candidate in the town of Wandlebury.

Big Stone Gap Big Stone Gap
By Trigiani, Adriana
2001-04 - Ballantine Books
9780345438324 Check our catalog

 

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state. Ave Maria Mulligan is the town's self-proclaimed spinster, a thirty-five year old pharmacist with a "mountain girl's body and a flat behind." She lives an amiable life with good friends and lots of hobbies until the fateful day in 1978 when she suddenly discovers that she's not who she always thought she was. Before she can blink, Ave's fielding marriage proposals, fighting off greedy family members, organizing a celebration for visiting celebrities, and planning the trip of a lifetime--a trip that could change her view of the world and her own place in it forever. . . . …More

Echoes of the Dance Echoes of the Dance
By Willett, Marcia
2009-03 - St. Martin's Griffin
9780312539634 Check our catalog

 

In the mellow stone house of his childhood, Roly Carradine has found refuge from a broken marriage. Here he welcomes Kate, who has just lost her husband, and young Daisy Quin, a dancer recovering from a back injury. Roly’s son Nat lives not far away, and he must suffer visits of his unsympathetic mother Monica, Roly’s ex-wife. All seek peace and quiet, but the disclosure of a secret proves that life is not so simple.