Gentle Fiction

Gentle Fiction

Settle in to these comfy tales without the stress, violence, and explicit language found in some other books.


Compiled by:
Erica B.
All In

Shelley Shepard Gray
Adult Fiction - Gray
Series: The Bridgeport Social Club

Meredith Hunt is content with her solo life. She can take care of herself, which is good because she has a hard time relying on other people. When she's mugged and a handsome man comes to her rescue, she doesn't know how to accept his help. Ace Vance moved to Bridgeport to offer his fifteen-year-old son, Finn, a better life. The last thing on his mind is falling in love, but he can't help offering assistance to a gorgeous redhead in need. Thrown together by a careless criminal, Meredith and Ace can't deny their attraction. But can they open their hearts -- and their lives -- to make room for love?


As Bright As Heaven

Susan Meissner
Adult Fiction - Meissne

1918. Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Pauline Bright and her husband hope to give their three daughters-- Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa-- a chance at a better life. But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, and the Brights find themselves in a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. They take in a baby orphaned by the disease, and the child becomes their single source of hope.


The Forgiving Jar

Wanda E Brunstetter
Adult Fiction - Brunste
Series: The Prayer Jars

Sara Murray had never met her mother's parents and was surprised to learn after her death that they were Amish living in Pennsylvania. When she is finally able to make the trip to meet them, she is shocked to learn someone else has been living with them and pretending to be Sara. Struggling, Sara finds an old canning jar hidden in the barn that is full of encouraging prayers. Can Sara find a way to forgive the past and move on to building new relationships?


A Girl’s Guide to the Outback

Jessica Kate
Adult Fiction - Kate

Samuel Payton is a passionate youth pastor in Virginia, his coworker—start-up expert Kimberly Foster—is brilliant, fearless, and capable. When Kimberly’s ambitious plans for Sam’s ministry butt up against his risk-averse nature, Sam decides that obligations to family trump his work for the church. He quits the ministry and flies home to Australia to help his family save their struggling farm—much to Kimberly’s chagrin. As Kimberly’s grand plans flounder, she is forced to face the truth: that no one can replace Sam.


The Governess of Penwythe Hall

Sarah Ladd
Adult Fiction - Ladd
Series: Cornwall

In the first of a new series from beloved Regency romance author, Sarah Ladd, Delia, a governess to five recently orphaned children, would risk anything to protect them . . . even her heart.


The Hideaway

Lauren K. Denton
Adult Fiction - Denton

In The Hideaway, Lauren Denton tells a gripping story of love and loyalty as Sara Jenkins must choose either to fight for the people she has come to love, or return to her life of solitude and simplicity.


In Places Hidden

Tracie Peterson
Adult Fiction – Peterso
Series: Golden Gate Secrets

In the early 1900s, Camri Coulter's search for her missing brother, Caleb, leads her deep into the political corruption of San Francisco—and into the acquaintance of Irishman Patrick Murdock, whom her brother helped clear of murder charges. As the two try to find Caleb, the stakes rise and threats loom. Will Patrick be able to protect Camri from danger?


The Library of Lost and Found

Phaedra Patrick
Adult Fiction - Patrick

Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people--though not for lack of trying. All of that changes when a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by her best friend--her grandmother Zelda--who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier. When Martha discovers a clue within the book that her grandmother may still be alive, she becomes determined to discover the truth.


The Masterpiece

Francine Rivers
Adult Fiction – Rivers

Behind a veneer of fame, a successful Los Angeles artist hides his secret activities as an anonymous graffiti artist, an alter ego that his new personal assistant fears could destroy his career. 


More Than Words Can Say

Karen Witemeyer
Adult Fiction - Witemey
Series: Patchwork Family

In 1896, Abby is railroaded by the city council and needs a man's name on her bakery's deed, and a man she can control--not the stoic lumberman Zacharias who always exudes silent confidence. As trust grows between them, she finds she wants more than his rescue. She wants his heart.


No Ocean Too Wide

Carrie Turansky
Adult Fiction Turansk

After the tragic loss of their father, the McAlister family is living at the edge of the poorhouse in London in 1908. When Edna McAlister falls gravely ill and is hospitalized, twins Katie and Garth and eight-year-old Grace are forced into an orphans’ home before Laura is notified about her family’s unfortunate turn of events in London. With hundreds of British children sent on ships to Canada, whether truly orphans or not, Laura knows she must act quickly. But finding her siblings and taking care of her family may cost her everything.


The Number of Love

Roseanna White
Adult Fiction - White
Series: Codebreakers

During the Great War, Margot spends her days deciphering intercepted messages, until a sudden loss turns her world upside down. Drake returns wounded from the field, followed by a destructive enemy. Immediately smitten with Margot, Drake convince attempts to convince her that sometimes life's answers lie in the heart.


On a Summer Tide

Suzanne Woods Fisher
Adult Fiction - Fisher
Series: Three Sisters Island

When her father buys an island off the coast of Maine with the hope of breathing new life into it, Camden Grayson thinks he's lost his mind. An unexpected event sends Cam to his rescue, and she discovers the island has its own way of living and loving.


Once in a Blue Moon Lodge

Lorna Landvik
Adult Fiction – Landvik

A woman on a camping trip to relax and mentally process recent developments in her life has two chance encounters that have huge consequences.


The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories

Penelope Lively
Adult Fiction – Lively

A collection of short fiction by the Booker Prize winner and best-selling author of How It All Began explores themes of history, family and diverse relationships. The title story presents the experiences of a Mediterranean purple swamp hen living in Quintus Pompeius' villa who narrowly escapes Vesuvius. 


Queen Bee

Dorothea Benton Frank
Adult Fiction Frank

Beekeeper Holly McNee Kensen quietly lives in a world of her own on Sullivan's Island, tending her hives and working at the local island library. Her mother, a devoted hypochondriac, might be unaware that she's quite ill, but that doesn't stop her from tormenting Holly. To escape the drama, Holly's sister Leslie married and moved away, wanting little to do with island life. Her world is upended when the more flamboyant Leslie returns and both sisters, opposites, fixate on what's happening in their neighbor's home.


The Quilter's Apprentice

Jennifer Chiaverini
Adult Fiction - Chiaver
Series: The Elm Creek Quilts

Sarah, struggling to find a job and a sense of place in her new town, finds herself learning how to quilt from a cantankerous old woman who also teaches her about the deep love that can exist between friends.


The Sisters of Sugarcreek

Cathy Liggett
Adult Fiction - Liggett

After losing her husband in a fire, Lydia Gruber is trying to move on. She is not sure how to do that on her own, particularly when she learns some things about her husband that she didn’t know. Single mother Jessica Holtz lost her aunt Rose in the same fire. Jessica inherits a quilt shop and wants to keep her aunt’s dream alive, but she is not a crafter and is struggling. Liz Cannon was friends and partners with Rose in the Secret Stitches Society, a group that gives gifts to community members in need. Liz and Jessica come together to help preserve Rose’s legacy, and they choose Lydia for their next mission. What plans does God have for these three women when their paths cross?