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Novelists whose works are evocative of a polite and kindly society. Literate and often humorous, these books contain little explicit sex or violence.

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  Cover Art: Tapestry of Fortunes Berg, Elizabeth
Tapestry of Fortunes
"Cecilia Ross is looking for a change. She has decided to take time off from her job as a successful motivational speaker and sell her home. She moves in to a beautiful old house in St. Paul, Minnesota, complete with a big front porch, a wild garden, a chef's kitchen--and three roommates. The four women are different ages, but all are feeling restless, and want to take a roadtrip to find again the people and things they miss." --Provided by publisher.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Week in Winter Binchy, Maeve
A Week in Winter
Follows the efforts of Chicky who, with the help of Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the place) and her niece Orla (a whiz at business), turns a coastal Ireland mansion into a holiday resort and receives an assortment of first guests who throughout the course of a week share laughter and the heartache of respective challenges. John, the American movie star thinks he has arrived incognito; Winnie and Lillian, forced into taking a holiday together; Nuala and Henry, husband and wife , both doctors who have been shaken by seeing too much death; Anders, the Swedish boy, hates his father's business, but has a real talent for music; Miss Nell Howe, a retired school teacher, who criticizes everything and leaves a day early, much to everyone's relief; the Walls who have entered in 200 contests (and won everything from a microwave oven to velvet curtains, including the week at Stone House); and Freda , the psychic who is afraid of her own visions.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Weird Sisters Brown, Eleanor
The Weird Sisters
Unwillingly brought together to care for their ailing mother, three sisters who were named after famous Shakespearean characters discover that everything they have been avoiding may prove more worthwhile than expected.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Guide to the Birds of East Africa Drayson, Nicholas.
A Guide to the Birds of East Africa
For the past three years, the widower Mr. Malik has been secretly in love with Rose Mbikwa, a woman who leads the weekly bird walks sponsored by the East African Ornithological Society. Reserved and honorable, Malik wouldn't be noticed by a bystander in a Nairobi street-except perhaps to comment on his carefully sculpted combover. But beneath that unprepossessing exterior lies a warm heart and a secret passion. But just as Malik is getting up the nerve to invite Rose to the Nairobi Hunt Club Ball (the premier social occasion of the Kenyan calendar), who should pop up but his nemesis from his school days, the good-looking jokester Harry Khan.
2008
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Walking Across Egypt Edgerton, Clyde
Walking Across Egypt
She has as much business keeping a stray dog as she would walking across Egypt-which not so incidentally is the title of her favorite hymn. She's Mattie Rigsbee, an independent, strong-minded senior citizen who, at seventy-eight, might be slowing down just a bit. When teenage delinquent Wesley Benfield drops in on her life, he is even less likely a companion than the stray dog. But, of course, the dog never tasted her mouth-watering pound cake.
1991
Adult Fiction Book EDGERTON
  Cover Art: The Bookshop Fitzgerald, Penelope
The Bookshop
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, this comic story follows a kindhearted English widow's struggle to open a bookshop in a seaside town against the polite but uncompromising opposition of the town's arbiters of culture.
1997
Adult Fiction Book FITZGERAL
  Cover Art: The Last Original Wife Frank, Dorothea Benton
The Last Original Wife
"Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the last original wife among her husband's group of cronies. They've all traded in for younger... blonder... more enhanced models. But she is proud of her status and the longevity of her marriage. Sure the spark isn't quite there the way it once was. And it would be nicer if her husband paid a bit more attention to her desires but there's something to be said for a comfortable relationship. Or at least she thinks so until one day, out golfing with her husband and his friends, she falls into a manhole. And nobody realizes that she's gone. With her eyes finally open to what her perfect life has truly become, Leslie must trust in the healing powers of South Carolina's lush beaches, beautiful sunsets, and feisty residents. The Last Original Wife is a classic tale of friendship and love dipped in the salty waters of a South Carolina summer"--Provided by publisher.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Charms for the Easy Life Gibbons, Kaye
Charms for the Easy Life
Margaret struggles toward adulthood in a world torn apart by the Second World War and complicated by her strong-willed mother, Sophia, and grandmother, Charlie Kate, in a story about three generations of passionate, willful Southern women.
2005
Adult Fiction Book GIBBONS
  Cover Art: The Widower's Tale Glass, Julia
The Widower's Tale
Enjoying an active but solitary rural life, seventy-year-old Percy allows a progressive preschool to move into his barn and transform his quiet home into a lively, youthful community that compels him to reexamine the choices he made after his wife's death.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Home to Harmony Gulley, Philip
Home to Harmony
The inaugural volume of the "Harmony series" introduces readers to this beloved fictional small town in America's heartland as the new pastor in a small Indiana town experiences one humorous adventure after another as he acclimates to his new congregation and lifestyle.
2000
Adult Fiction Book GULLEY
  Cover Art: Firefly Lane Hannah, Kristin
Firefly Lane
Their friendship begins when both girls are fourteen in the 1970s, with a confidence. This novel covers over thirty years of friendship between Tully Hart and Kate Mularkey -- its joys, pains, and ultimately a betrayal.
2008
Adult Fiction Book HANNAH
  Cover Art: A Green Journey Hassler, Jon
A Green Journey
Agatha McGee, a retiring Catholic school teacher, has not masked her disapproval of Bishop Dick Baker's diocesan reforms, but when she plans to visit her long-standing Irish pen pal, James O'Hannon, Bishop Baker heads her tour group.
1985
Adult Fiction Book HASSLER
  Cover Art: Mrs Queen Takes the Train Kuhn, William M.
Mrs Queen Takes the Train
After decades of service and years of watching her family's troubles splashed across the tabloids, Britain's Queen is beginning to feel her age. An unexpected opportunity offers her relief: an impromptu visit to a place that holds happy memories-- the former royal yacht, Britannia, now moored near Edinburgh. When her royal attendants discovers she is missing, they set out to find her and bring her back before her absence becomes a national scandal.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The View from Penthouse B Lipman, Elinor.
The View from Penthouse B
Two newly-single sisters, one a divorce´e, the other a widow, become roommates with a handsome, gay cupcake-baker as they try to return to the dating world of lower Manhattan.
2013
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Eva Moves the Furniture Livesey, Margot
Eva Moves the Furniture
Raised by her aunt and her grieving father, motherless Eva McEwen grows up accompanied by two otherworldly companions--a woman and a girl--whom only she can see and finds herself torn between real life, including her career as a nurse and her love for a young plastic surgeon, and the meddling of her enigmatic companions.
2001
Adult Fiction Book LIVESEY
  Cover Art: At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances McCall Smith, Alexander
At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances
On sabbatical at Cambridge, Professor Dr. von Igelfeld becomes embroiled in a nasty case of academic intrigue and becomes caught up in skullduggery during his visit to Colombia, in a zany novel by the author of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency."
2005
Adult Fiction Book MCCALL SM
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  Cover Art: The Shell Seekers Pilcher, Rosamunde
The Shell Seekers
Set in England between World War II and the present, this epic novel details the connections that bind the Keeling family together over three generations. Their family's frailties, strengths, passions and joys are explored over two generations.
1997
Adult Fiction Book PILCHER
  Cover Art: Calling Invisible Women Ray, Jeanne.
Calling Invisible Women
Feeling unattractive and unappreciated as she enters her fifties, wife and mother Clover wakes up one morning and discovers that she has actually become invisible, a condition that goes unnoticed by her family.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Silver Boat Rice, Luanne.
The Silver Boat
Three far-flung sisters come home to Martha's Vineyard one last time. Their mother's beach house is the only place any of them ever found true happiness and they need to begin the difficult process of letting go. Memories of their grandmother, mother, and their Irish father, who sailed away the year Dar turned twelve, rise up and expose the fine cracks in their family myth--especially when a cache of old letters reveals enough truth to send them back to their ancestral homeland.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Miss Julia Speaks her Mind Ross, Ann B.
Miss Julia Speaks her Mind
Shortly after the death of her husband, a wealthy Southern widow is visited by an impoverished young woman with a small boy. A mistress? A son? Julia Springer can't believe it, only to discover that the whole town has known for years. But she will rise to the occasion when the boy is kidnapped.
1999
Adult Fiction Book ROSS
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