Gentle Reads

Looking for a good story? Tired of scenes of graphic violence, explicit sex, and dysfunctional families? Try these novels which have wholesome characters, some humor, a little romance, some introspection, but above all, give the reader a good feeling when finished. All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library unless otherwise noted.


Allen, Sarah Addison. Garden Spells. 2007.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Berg, Elizabeth. Once Upon a Time There Was You. 2011.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook

Brown, Eleanor. The Weird Sisters. 2011.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Burns, Olive Ann. Cold Sassy Tree. 1984.

Chiaverini, Jennifer. Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker. 2013.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Dallas, Sandra. The Persian Pickle Club. 1996.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Dicks, Matthew. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. 2012.
     Also available: CD

Douglas, Lloyd C. Magnificent Obsession. 1929.

Evans, Richard Paul. The Sunflower. 2007.
     Also available: Large Type

Granger, Pip. Not All Tarts Are Apple. 2012.

Hall, Catherine. Days of Grace. 2010.

Hannah, Kristin. Firefly Lane. 2008.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Harbison, Elizabeth. When in Doubt, Add Butter. 2012.
     Also available: eAudiobook

Hilderbrand, Elin. Summerland. 2012.
     Also available: CD

Kingsbury, Karen. Leaving. 2011.

Landvik, Lorna. View From Mount Joy. 2007.
     Also available: CD

Letts, Billie. Made in the U.S.A. 2008.
     Also available: CD

Lewis, Beverly. The Fiddler. 2012.
     Also available: Large Type, eAudiobook

Lipman, Elinor. The Family Man. 2009.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Llewellyn, Richard. How Green Was My Valley. 1967.

Macomber, Debbie. Family Affair. 2011. (Adult Romance MAC).

McCall Smith, Alexander. La’s Orchestra Saves the World. 2009.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook

Michaels, Fern. The Marriage Game. 2007. (Adult Romance MIC).
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Mirvis, Tova. The Outside World. 2004.

Montgomery, E.M. Anne of Green Gables. 1908. (Teen Fiction MON).
     Also available: CD, eBook, eAudiobook, Digital Player

Moriarity, Laura. The Chaperone. 2012.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Murphy, Yannick. The Call. 2011.
     Also available: CD

Ogawa, Yoko. The Housekeeper and the Professor. 2009.

O’Nan, Stewart. Emily, Alone. 2011.
     Also available: Large Type

Pekkanen, Sarah. These Girls. 2012. (Adult Chick Lit PEK).

Ray, Jeanne. Eat Cake. 2003.

Ross, Ann B. Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind. 1999.

Schine, Cathleen. The Three Weissmanns of Westport. 2011.
    Also available: Large Type, CD

Shaffer, Mary Ann and Annie Barrows. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. 2008.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook

Shea, Suzanne Strempek. Becoming Finola. 2004.

Siddons, Anne Rivers. Colony. 1992.
     Also available: Large Type

Simonson, Helen. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. 2010.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook

Smith, Dodie. I Capture the Castle. 1976.
     Also available: CD

Smith, Lee. Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger. 2010.
     Also available: eAudiobook

Sparks, Nicholas. Safe Haven. 2010.
    Also available: Large Type, CD

Thayer, Nancy. Summer Breeze. 2012.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook

Trollope, Joanna. Daughters-in-Law. 2011.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Tsukiyama, Gail. A Hundred Flowers. 2012.
     Also available: CD, eAudiobook

Tyler, Anne. The Beginner’s Goodbye. 2012.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook

Willett, Marcia. The Summer House. 2012.
     Also available: CD

Wilson, Budge. Before Green Gables. 2008.

Wolff, Isabel. The Very Picture of You. 2011. (Adult Chick Lit WOL).

Woodhouse, Sarah. The Peacock’s Feather. 1988. (Adult Romance WOO).

Wright, Jason F. The Wednesday Letters. 2007.
     Also available: CD