Nice Books

These are suggestions for when you just want to curl up with a nice story—no sex, no violence, no murders, just something with approachable characters, good style, and a fulfilling plot.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
A retired major falls in love with a widowed shopkeeper in this traditional village novel set in a very modern England.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
After World War II, a journalist travels to the island of Guernsey to meet residents who resisted the Nazi occupation.  Written in letters, this delightful novel is all about the power of writing and books.

Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance by Garrison Keillor
Twelve Wobegonians take a trip to Italy, opening their hearts and telling their stories in a frank and funny tale about home.

A Light in the Window
by Jan Karon
The second Mitford novel finds Father Tim in need of some divine intervention.  It’s a heartwarming and funny love story.

Week-End Wodehouse
by P.G. Wodehouse
A wonderful sampler of some of Wodehouse’s short pieces, filled with his particular and classic British humor and style.

September by Rosamunde Pilcher
As spring comes to Scotland and the hills burst to life, a dance is planned for September.  The invitations summon home the group of people Violet Aird has cared for most of her long life.

Thrush Green by Miss Read
A fulfilling and upbeat book set in a small English village, exploring the lives and relationships of the townspeople.

Cordelia Underwood: Or, the Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League by Van Reid
Superbly written, with a vivid sense of place and period, this gentle adventure is set in 1896 in Portland, Maine, and stars a motley group of eccentric characters.


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