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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: The Enchanted April Arnim, Elizabeth von
The Enchanted April
Set during a miserable English winter in the 1920's when four middle class English women rent San Salvatore, a medieval castle on the Italian Riviera for April. April arrives and their lives are forever changed.
Adult Fiction Book ELIZABE
  Cover Art: The Year of Pleasures Berg, Elizabeth
The Year of Pleasures
Following the death of her husband, Betta Nolan fulfills her promise to him to move to a small town and build a new life for herself, as she strives to cope with her grief and find pleasure and solace in the ordinary things of everyday life.
Adult Fiction Book BERG
  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.
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Persian Pickle Club Dallas, Sandra
The Persian Pickle Club
In 1930s Harveyville, Kansas, Rita Ritter, a recent arrival, is invited to join the Persian Pickle Club, but her interest in journalism brings her dangerously close to a secret the club has sworn to keep.
Adult Fiction Book DALLAS
  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.
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.
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.
Adult Fiction Book FITZGERAL
  Cover Art: Can't Wait to Get to Heaven Flagg, Fannie.
Can't Wait to Get to Heaven
In Elmwood Springs, Missouri, the most unlikely and surprising experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: Why are we here? In this comedy-mystery, those near and dear to this woman discover something wonderful: Heaven is actually right here, right now, with people you love, neighbors you help, friendships you keep.
Adult Fiction Book FLAGG
  Cover Art: Sullivan's Island: A Lowcountry Tale Frank, Dorothea Benton
Sullivan's Island: A Lowcountry Tale
Troubled by her unfaithful husband and difficult teenaged daughter, Susan Hayes returns home to Sullivan's Island, South Carolina in an attempt to reconnect with her past.
Adult Fiction Book FRANK
  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.
Adult Fiction Book GIBBONS
  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.
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.
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.
Adult Fiction Book HASSLER
  Cover Art: At Home in Mitford Karon, Jan
At Home in Mitford
A romance between an Anglican priest, Father Tim, the bachelor rector, and Cynthia Coppersmith, a children's book writer who moves into his neighborhood. It is set in Mitford, North Carolina, where life is peaceful and problems are overcome with prayer and some good cooking.
Adult Fiction Book KARON
  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.
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  Cover Art: The View from Penthouse B Lipman, Elinor.
The View from Penthouse B
Two newly-single sisters, one a divorceĀ“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.
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.
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."
Adult Fiction Book MCCALL SM
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  Cover Art: The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love Medlicott, Joan A.
The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love
Grace, Amelia, and Hannah decide that the last thing they want to do is live out their lives in a group home, and so, to the dismay of their children, they pool their resources and move to Covington, North Carolina, and new lives.
Adult Fiction Book MEDLICO
  Cover Art: The Ladies Auxiliary Mirvis, Tova
The Ladies Auxiliary
A traditional Jewish community in Memphis, Tennessee, is given a jolt with the arrival of a new art teacher from New York. A convert to Judaism, Batsheva Jacobs brings new ideas and before you know it, a rabbi's son does not want to be a rabbi anymore.
Adult Fiction Book MIRVIS
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