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Gentle Reads

Gentle reads feature lovable characters, humor, and small-town hijinks. Enjoy a fun and easy read!

The story of Arthur Truluv : a novel by Elizabeth Berg

Truluv is a moving novel about three people who have lost the person they love most, and must find their way back to happiness.

The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

"After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A celebration is in the works, but Allan isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey."--from inside front cover.

Major Pettigrew's last stand : a novel by Helen Simonson

In the small English village of Edgecombe St. Mary, retired war hero Major Ernest Pettigrew is enjoying the quiet life. However, when his brother's death coincidentally sparks a friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the village's only Pakistani shopkeeper, Major Pettigrew finds himself falling in love. But when small-town bigotry taboos his relationship, Major Pettigrew is left to decide if happiness is worth a ruined reputation

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

London, January 1946, emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. She finds it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb. As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island

A spool of blue thread : a novel by Anne Tyler

The changing needs of aging parents impact a family gathering during which Abby Whitshank relates how her husband and she fell in love during the summer of 1959 and shares decades of marriage impacted by children and long-held secrets

The curious charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden. But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam's death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam's possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he's never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife's secret life before they met--a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places

The city baker's guide to country living by Louise Miller

When Olivia Rawlings—pastry chef extraordinaire for an exclusive Boston dinner club—sets not just her flambéed dessert but the entire building alight, she escapes to the most comforting place she can think of—the idyllic town of Guthrie, Vermont, home of her best friend Hannah. But the getaway turns into something more lasting when Margaret Hurley, the cantankerous, sweater-set-wearing owner of the Sugar Maple Inn, offers Livvy a job. Broke and knowing that her days at the club are numbered, Livvy accepts. Livvy moves with her larger-than-life, uberenthusiastic dog, Salty, into a sugarhouse on the inn’s property and begins creating her mouthwatering desserts for the residents of Guthrie. Livvy soon finds herself immersed in small town life. and when she meets Martin McCracken, the Guthrie native who has returned from Seattle to tend his ailing father, Livvy comes to understand that she may not be as alone in this world as she once thought. But then another new arrival takes the community by surprise, and Livvy must decide whether to do what she does best and flee—or stay and finally discover what it means to belong. Olivia Rawlings may finally find out that the life you want may not be the one you expected—it could be even better

An Irish country village by Patrick Taylor

Be frank with me : a novel by Juli Claiborne Johnson

A sparkling debut combining the charming pluck of Eloise, the poignant psychological quirks of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and the page-turning spirit of Where'd You Go, Bernadette.Reclusive literary legend M. M. "Mimi" Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years, but now she's writing her first book in decades and to ensure timely completion her publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress.When Alice Whitley arrives she's put to work as a companion to Frank, the writer's eccentric son, who has the wit of Noël Coward, the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star, and very little in common with his fellow fourth-graders. The longer she spends with the Bannings, the more Alice becomes obsessed with two questions: Who is Frank's father? And will Mimi ever finish that book?Full of countless only-in-Hollywood moments, Be Frank With Me is a heartwarming story of a mother and son, and the intrepid young woman who is pulled.

The travelling cat chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

"A life-affirming anthem to kindness and self-sacrifice, The Travelling Cat Chronicles shows how the smallest things can provide the greatest joy. We take journeys to explore exotic new places and to return to the comforts of home, to visit old acquaintances and to make new friends. But the most important journey is the one that shows us how to follow our hearts... An instant international bestseller, The Travelling Cat Chronicles has charmed readers around the world. With simple yet descriptive prose,this novel gives voice to Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they take to the road on a journey with no other purpose than to visit three of Satoru's longtime friends. Or so Nana is led to believe... With his crooked tail--a sign of good fortune--and adventurous spirit, Nana is the perfect companion for the man who took him in as a stray. And as they travel in a silver van across Japan, with its ever-changing scenery and seasons, they will learn the true meaning of courage and gratitude, of loyalty and love"--

The Rosie project : a novel by Graeme C Simsion

A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father

Her royal spyness : a Royal spyness mystery by Rhys Bowen

Miss Julia's school of beauty by Ann B Ross

Hazel Marie, former lover of Miss Julia's late husband, needs assistance in staging a beauty contest to determine who will reign as Miss Abbot County Sheriff's Department. Enter Miss Julia. She has plenty of advice for the contestants about maintaining their poise, showcasing their charm, and perfecting their stage presence. Doing her utmost to help the women, Miss Julia must also address concerns over her complicated relationship with her gentleman friend, Sam

The last time I saw you : a novel by Elizabeth Berg

"The Last Time I Saw You is a novel about women and men reconnecting with one another - and themselves - at their fortieth high school reunion. To each of the men and women this reunion means something different - a last opportunity to say something long left unsaid, an escape from the bleaker realities of everyday life, a means to save a marriage on the rocks, or simply an opportunity to bond with a slightly estranged daughter, if only over what her mother should wear."

The bookshop of yesterdays by Amy Meyerson

The magic strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom creates a magical world through his love of music in this remarkable new novel about the power of talent to change our lives. This is the epic story of Frankie Presto - the greatest guitar player who ever lived - and the six lives he changed with his six magical blue strings. Frankie, born in a burning church, abandoned as an infant, and raised by a music teacher in a small Spanish town, until war rips his life apart. At 9-years-old, he is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings. His amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the 1940s, '50s and '60s

Garden spells by Sarah Addison Allen

The Wednesday letters : a novel by Jason F Wright

Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy

When Nöel learns that his former flame is terminally ill and pregnant with a child she claims is his, he agrees to take care of the baby girl once she's born. But as a recovering alcoholic whose demons are barely under control, he can't do it alone. Luckily, he has an amazing network of family and friends who are ready to help. A tale of joy, heartbreak and hope in a close-knit Dublin community

A man called Ove : a novel by Fredrik Backman

A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship

Big Stone Gap : a novel by Adriana Trigiani

Town pharmacist and local spinster Ave Maria has been keeping the secrets of Stone Gap for a long time, but now a skeleton is about to tumble from her own family closet

The Friday night knitting club by Kate Jacobs

Gathering for their weekly knitting club at a small yarn shop on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a group of friends shares such challenges as raising children, navigating the ups and downs of their careers, and pursuing uncertain relationships
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