Gentle reads are books that contain little to no sex, violence, or profanity.
They are comforting stories, often focusing on a close-knit community.
Their uplifting plots feature wholesome characters and a dash of humor.
Be Frank With Me / Julia Claiborne Johnson (2016)
A woman takes a job as an assistant to a legendary writer, and becomes the caregiver to her precocious 9-year-old.
Big Stone Gap / Adriana Trigiani (2000)
A woman living in a charmingly eccentric Appalachian town encounters family secrets, self-discovery, and true love.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper / Phaedra Patrick (2016)
A loveable widower travels from London to Paris to India on the one-year anniversary of his wife’s death.
Dear Mrs. Bird / A.J. Pearce (2018)
An adventurous young woman becomes a secret advice columnist during World War II.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine / Gail Honeyman (2017)
A quirky loner makes unexpected friends when she helps rescue an elderly man who has fallen.
Lost Lake / Sarah Addison Allen (2014)
A colorful cast of characters find love, closure, forgiveness, and peace during summer in a small Southern lake town.
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand / Helen Simonson (2010)
Retired Major Pettigrew develops an unexpected romance with a widowed Pakistani shopkeeper.
The Masterpiece / Francine Rivers (2018)
A successful L.A. artist and his assistant wrestle with their demons in this redemptive love story.
The Persian Pickle Club / Sandra Dallas (1995)
A group of women in 1930s Kansas must protect and support each other when a dark secret is revealed.
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt / Beth Hoffman (2010)
A young girl is sent to Savannah, Georgia to live with her great-aunt and a cast of wild and fun Southern women.
Thrush Green / Miss Read (1959)
The residents of Thrush Green, a cozy English village, prepare for their annual May Day celebration.
Inspirational fiction: Uplifting stories that focus on Christian values.
At Home in Mitford / Jan Karon (1994)
A rich provincial comedy starring Father Tim, rector of small North Carolina town, and a cast of eccentric townspeople.
Cozy mysteries: Small, intimate mysteries that downplay blood and violence.
Her Royal Spyness / Rhys Bowen (2007)
A woman in 1930s London makes money by cleaning houses until she is asked to spy for the Queen.
Shot in the Dark / Cleo Coyle (2008)
A coffeeshop manager finds a dead body in her café and must work with her ex-husband to find the killer.