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Thread: I need a book recommendation if you have one!

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    Super Member mollymct's Avatar
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    I love to read and do every day, but it's been a hard few months and I'm having trouble concentrating on anything with a very involved plot. I realize I have turned a few pages and have absorbed nothing! Lol. Same thing with my current audiobook.

    Any suggestions for a great read that isn't "heavy" or too terribly sad? My usual go-to authors for this type of thing would be, say, Maeve Binchy or Fannie Flagg (along those lines), but I'm caught up on everything they have written.

    Thanks!

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    Try Devil's Knot...

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    The Mitford series. I loved them. Jan Karon is the author. I also love Andrew Greely, especially his Nualla Anne books
    I like mysteries. the ones set in things like a resturant or a knitting store or any crafty place. I read a lot . I just like a good story. Janet Evanovich cracks me up. I love her grandmother.

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    Have you tried any of the "Elm Creek Quilt Series"/ they are very good

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    I recently enjoyed to nanny diaries on audiobook. I was able to listen to it for free from the local library!

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    Mignon Franklin Ballard has cute little mysteries with a guardian angel. Check out Billie Letts, Leanne Ellis, Vonette Z Bright, they are several I read when I get tired of my suspence novels. I just finished one by Joyce Magnin, Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise and went back and picked up The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow.

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    I am a great fan of author 'Lesley Pearse', an English author. I have all her books and they are fantastic.

    Another good book I have recently read is 'Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden - the best book I have ever read !

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    My all-time favorite books are Emilie Richards' Shenendoah Album Series. In order they are:
    Wedding Ring
    Endless Chain
    Lover's Knot
    Touching Stars
    Sister's Choice
    The same character's are in each book and you'll feel like they are old friends by the end of the first book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Central Ohio Quilter
    OHHHH thank you for showing this thread, found a lot of books to check out - and only read thru 6 pages!!

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    Life, Love and a Polar Bear Tattoo by Heather Wardell

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    I absolutely LOVE the Donna Andrews series. She writes funny murder mysteries, if you can believe such a thing. And another series she has written about 4 of is about a really unique main character, who is a sentient computer being called Turing. It's also a murder mystery series, about Turing and a middle aged secretary taking over their company because it was being ruined.

    And then there's the Ann McCaffree science fiction series, love them, anything she writes but won't buy any with her son's name on them any more.

    There's the Jill Churchill series, featuring Jane Jeffery, a widow who solves murders.

    And of course there are the funny and pretty close to real Maggody series by Joan Hess. These are pretty close to describing a Buchanan I dated ONCE many years ago and as
    soon as I read about that family in her books, I remembered him clearly, no matter how much I tried to forget him!!

    Like camping/fishing? Try Patrick McManus's books, they are funny. "They shoot canoes, don't they?" and others like that are a real hoot. And check out older books, starting with the 1920s and up. Cheaper By the Dozen is a classic, as are the Betty McDonald series, starting with "Cheaper by the Dozen", and two by Louise Dickenson Rich that are real classics, "We Took to the Woods" and "Happy The Land" have soothed me for many years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damaquilts
    The Mitford series. I loved them. Jan Karon is the author. I also love Andrew Greely, especially his Nualla Anne books
    I like mysteries. the ones set in things like a resturant or a knitting store or any crafty place. I read a lot . I just like a good story. Janet Evanovich cracks me up. I love her grandmother.
    Oh, I loved the Mitford series! I haven't read anything by Andrew Greely...will have to look him up. Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimkankwilt
    Try Devil's Knot...
    Wrote that down. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samifel
    Have you tried any of the "Elm Creek Quilt Series"/ they are very good
    No, I have not! And I keep seeing references here, of course. Will check at my library! Are these mysteries?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missyh5261
    I recently enjoyed to nanny diaries on audiobook. I was able to listen to it for free from the local library!
    Yes, these were fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynnie25
    I am a great fan of author 'Lesley Pearse', an English author. I have all her books and they are fantastic.

    Another good book I have recently read is 'Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden - the best book I have ever read !
    Thanks!! Making note...I really enjoyed The Forgotten Garden also. I listened to it and the reader was great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynnie25
    I am a great fan of author 'Lesley Pearse', an English author. I have all her books and they are fantastic.

    Another good book I have recently read is 'Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden - the best book I have ever read !
    Thanks!! Making note...I really enjoyed The Forgotten Garden also. I listened to it and the reader was great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajonkarl
    Mignon Franklin Ballard has cute little mysteries with a guardian angel. Check out Billie Letts, Leanne Ellis, Vonette Z Bright, they are several I read when I get tired of my suspence novels. I just finished one by Joyce Magnin, Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise and went back and picked up The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow.
    Oh, thanks! I'm getting some new-to-me authors to check out. I do enjoy Billie Letts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dforesee
    My all-time favorite books are Emilie Richards' Shenendoah Album Series. In order they are:
    Wedding Ring
    Endless Chain
    Lover's Knot
    Touching Stars
    Sister's Choice
    The same character's are in each book and you'll feel like they are old friends by the end of the first book.
    I love a good series! Will look for these. Thanks! I'm going to be busy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yosamitesa
    Life, Love and a Polar Bear Tattoo by Heather Wardell
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    I absolutely LOVE the Donna Andrews series. She writes funny murder mysteries, if you can believe such a thing. And another series she has written about 4 of is about a really unique main character, who is a sentient computer being called Turing. It's also a murder mystery series, about Turing and a middle aged secretary taking over their company because it was being ruined.

    And then there's the Ann McCaffree science fiction series, love them, anything she writes but won't buy any with her son's name on them any more.

    There's the Jill Churchill series, featuring Jane Jeffery, a widow who solves murders.

    And of course there are the funny and pretty close to real Maggody series by Joan Hess. These are pretty close to describing a Buchanan I dated ONCE many years ago and as
    soon as I read about that family in her books, I remembered him clearly, no matter how much I tried to forget him!!

    Like camping/fishing? Try Patrick McManus's books, they are funny. "They shoot canoes, don't they?" and others like that are a real hoot. And check out older books, starting with the 1920s and up. Cheaper By the Dozen is a classic, as are the Betty McDonald series, starting with "Cheaper by the Dozen", and two by Louise Dickenson Rich that are real classics, "We Took to the Woods" and "Happy The Land" have soothed me for many years.
    Oh, great suggestions!! Thanks so much. I loved Cheaper by the Dozen and other older books, like the Miss Read series and I Capture the Castle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Central Ohio Quilter
    Oh, thanks for the link! I tried to find this and missed it!

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    as are the Betty McDonald series, starting with "Cheaper by the Dozen", and two by Louise Dickenson Rich that are real classics, "We Took to the Woods" and "Happy The Land" have soothed me for many years.[/quote]
    ------------------------Sorry, correction here. Betty McDonald wrote "The Egg and I", "The Plague and I" and "Onions in the Stew", and "Cheaper By The Dozen" was by a couple of the Gilbreth family. It and the follow up, "Belles On Their Toes" are also some of my favorites. Loved the books, liked the old movie, but absolutely hated the one with Steve Martin. It was set in modern days, which right there killed the charm of the first one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mollymct
    Quote Originally Posted by Lynnie25
    I am a great fan of author 'Lesley Pearse', an English author. I have all her books and they are fantastic.

    Another good book I have recently read is 'Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden - the best book I have ever read !
    Thanks!! Making note...I really enjoyed The Forgotten Garden also. I listened to it and the reader was great.
    If you liked The Forgotten Garden, you should try The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Great read! :thumbup:

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