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Relaxing Reads

What makes a book a “relaxing read”? For this list, we’ve tried to indicate authors and titles that feature leisurely-paced, heart-warming stories. Family and friendship – and all the humor, sadness and just plain everyday drama they entail – is often a major theme. Some also may include elements of the mystery, romance, inspirational or historical fiction genres. For those times when you’re just looking for a plain old “good story,” try one of these! 

Some authors whose works usually fall into this category include:

Sarah Addison Allen

Elizabeth Berg

Maeve Binchy

Jennifer Chiaverini – Elm Creek Quilts series

Jude Deveraux – Summerhouse series

Fannie Flagg

Joanne Fluke

Dorothea Benton Frank

Philip Gulley

Jan Karon

Thomas Kinkade

Debbie Macomber

Joan A. Medlicott                                                                    

Mary Alice Monroe

Miss Read

Emilie Richards

Haywood Smith

Nicholas Sparks

Joanna Trollope

Susan Wiggs

Marcia Willett

 

FICTION 

First Frost*
Sarah Addison Allen

Save the Date
Mary Kay Andrews

The Travelling Cat Chronicles
Hiro Arikawa

Aunt Dimity and the Heart of Gold*
Nancy Atherton

Britt-Marie Was Here
Fredrik Backman

Queen Sugar
Natalie Baszile

The Scent Keeper
Erica Bauermeister

The Confession Club
Elizabeth Berg

Chestnut Street
Maeve Binchy

The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee
Carolyn Brown

Any Day Now*
Robyn Carr

The Giving Quilt*
Jennifer Chiaverini

The Wednesday Daughters*
Meg Waite Clayton

The Bookshop on the Shore*
Jenny Colgan

The Flying Circus
Susan Crandall

I’ll Be Your Blue Sky
Marisa de los Santos

The Summerhouse*
Jude Deveraux

The Road Home*
Richard Paul Evans

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion
Fannie Flagg

Chocolate Cream Pie Murder*
Joanne Fluke

Queen Bee*
Dorothea Benton Frank

A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder
Dianne Freeman

A Gathering in Hope*
Philip Gulley

The Summer House
Jenny Hale

Looking for Me
Beth Hoffman

The Woman in the Photo
Mary Hogan

The Keeper of Lost Things
Ruth Hogan

Almost Sisters
Joshilyn Jackson

Be Frank with Me
Julia Claiborne Johnson

The Music Shop
Rachel Joyce

To Be Where You Are*
Jan Karon

Chronicles of a Radical Hag
Lorna Landvik

Cottage by the Sea
Debbie Macomber

The Second-Worst Restaurant in France*
Alexander McCall Smith

Marilla of Green Gables
Sarah McCoy

The Bookshop of Yesterdays
Amy Meyerson

Far And Away – Godmothers series*
Fern Michaels

The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues*
Edward Kelsey Moore

Pioneer Girl
Bich Minh Nguyen

The All You Can Dream Buffet
Barbara O’Neal

The Lido
Libby Page

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
Phaedra Patrick

Dear Mrs. Bird
A.J. Pearce

The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek*
Jane Myers Perrine

Heart of Barkness
Spencer Quinn

The Austen Escape
Katherine Reay

The Gown
Jennifer Robson

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
Kathleen Rooney

Miss Julia Takes the Wheel*
Ann B. Ross

The Rosie Result*
Graeme C. Simsion

Surfside Sisters
Nancy Thayer

An Unsuitable Match
Joanna Trollope

Family Tree
Susan Wiggs

The Songbird
Marcia Willett

Meet Me at the Museum
Anne Youngson

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Gabrielle Zevin

 

* part of a series

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