Gentle Fiction
Books that are low in graphic content but high in heart.
 
I capture the castle
by Dodie Smith

A classic, romantic novel from earlier this century is now available in paperback and tells the enduring story of Cassandra, a young woman who lives in poverty with her family in England and who strives to become loved as a writer and a woman.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer

As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey--a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island
At home in Mitford
by Jan Karon

A heartwarming portrait of the mysteries and miracles of everyday life in a small town introduces the charming North Carolina town of Mitford and its colorful inhabitants, including Tim, a bachelor rector, who is falling in love with his neighbor. 
The lace reader
by Brunonia Barry

Having left her hometown of Salem, Massachusetts, fifteen years ago under troubling circumstances, psychic Towner Whitney reluctantly returns after her eighty-five-year-old great-aunt Eva suddenly disappears and joins local cop John Rafferty in his investigation into the mystery. 
Whitethorn Woods
by Maeve Binchy

When a new highway is planned that will bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, the town's inhabitants are divided on whether or not the town will benefit or suffer from the construction, while Father Flynn worries about the fate of St. Ann's Well, an age-old shrine on the edge of the woods that is slated for destruction. 
The Shell Seekers
by Rosamunde Pilcher

The author of Coming Home recounts the passions, tragedies, and secrets of Penelope Keeling as she tries to decide the fate of a valuable painting her father symbolically based on her unconventional life.
Friendship bread : a novel
by Darien Gee

Receiving an unexpected gift of friendship bread and instructions for creating more to pass along, Julia Everts, a woman chronically depressed by the loss of her son, surprises her family by making the bread and sparking new friendships, setting in motion positive connections and healing throughout the community.
Velva jean learns to drive
by Jennifer Niven

Velva Jean dreams of being a big-time singer in Nashville until she falls for Harley Bright, a handsome juvenile delinquent turned preacher, and soon she must choose between keeping her hard-won home and pursuing her dream
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt : a novel
by Beth Hoffman

Relegated to the care of an eccentric great-aunt after her mentally unbalanced mother's accidental death, 12-year-old CeeCee is quickly surrounded by the strong women and cultural elements of her new Savannah community. 
All the stars in the heavens : a novel
by Adriana Trigiani

A reimagining of the career of Tinsel Town star Loretta Young traces the decades she shared with her former nun assistant, from her early screen successes through the scandals and obstacles that tested their bond. By the New York Times best-selling author of The Shoemaker's Wife.

The giving quilt : an Elm Creek quilts novel
by Jennifer Chiaverini

When the creative residents of Elm Creek gather the week after Thanksgiving to work on quilts for Project Linus, they respond to Sylvia's provocative questions to alleviate respective personal challenges and learn helpful lessons about the strength of human connections.


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