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.
Chronicles of a Radical Hag

Lorna Landvik
Adult Fiction - Landvik

When longtime Granite Creek Gazette columnist Haze Evans falls into a coma, publisher Susan McGrath hopes to temporarily fill the void. Framed by news stories spanning half a century and annotated with the small town's chorus of voices, Haze's story, and those touched by the Granite Creek Gazette, unfold.


The Great Unexpected

Dan Mooney
Adult Fiction – Mooney

Joel is unhappy living in a nursing home and wants out. His new eccentric roommate, Frank, moves in and turns the nursing community upside down. Although complete opposites, the men form a fast friendship and together embark on a mission to plan the perfect escape, discovering that it’s never too late for new beginnings.


Hummingbird Lane

Carolyn Brown
Adult Fiction – Brown

Bound by a passion for painting since childhood, Emma Merril and Sophia Mason’s paths diverged when they enrolled in different colleges. Pressured by an upcoming gallery show, Sophie whisks Emma away to a beautiful southern Texas artist’s colony. Here, they hope to reflect, share secrets, and make good on the old promise that their friendship would last forever.


It’s Not All Downhill From Here

Terry McMillan
Adult Fiction - Mcmilla

On the eve of her sixty-eighth birthday, Loretha Curry is determined to prove her mother, twin sister, and everyone else with an outdated view on aging wrong. But when unexpected loss turns her world upside down, Loretha will have to summon all her resourcefulness and determination to keep on thriving, heal old wounds, and chart new paths.


Last Tang Standing

Lauren Ho
Adult Fiction - Ho

At thirty-three, successful lawyer Andrea Tang is living the dream. However, her family doesn’t hide their disappointment with her being the lone unmarried member of her generation in the Tang clan. Yet, when a chance encounter with charming entrepreneur Eric Deng offers her a glimpse of an exciting future, Andrea decides to give Mr. Right-for-her-family a chance.


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. When a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep, Martha discovers a clue that her grandmother may still be alive. As she delves deeper into Zelda's past, she unwittingly reveals a family secret that will change her life forever.


The Love Story of Missy Carmichael

Beth Morrey
Adult Fiction - Morrey

Missy Carmichael’s life has become small as she grieves for the family she’s lost. But a chance encounter in the park opens the door to something new. Another life beckons for Missy if only she can be brave enough to grasp the opportunity. But seventy-nine is too late for a second chance. Isn’t it?


The Masterpiece

Francine Rivers
Adult Fiction – Rivers

LA artist Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could want. Only Grace Moore, his personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. But what she doesn’t know is that Roman is secretly the Bird, a notorious and unidentified graffiti artist—an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.


Mending Fences

Sherryl Woods
Adult Fiction – Woods
Series: MIRA Romance

Luke Schrock has been allowed to live at Windmill Farm after a successful stint in rehab under two conditions; apologize to those he’s hurt, and have them describe the damage he’s caused. There, Luke attempts to befriend Izzy Miller by locating her mother. But what he finds sends shock waves through their community.


Musical Chairs

Amy Poeppel
Adult Fiction - Poeppel

A small-time classical musician, Bridget has been dreaming of spending the summer at her well-worn Connecticut country home with her boyfriend. But plans are upended when he breaks up with her over email and her elderly father announces he’s getting married. Bridget concocts a plan to host her dad’s wedding while putting her old Juilliard chamber group, the Forsyth Trio, back into the spotlight.


Once Upon a Wardrobe

Patti Callahan Henry
Adult Fiction - Henry

Megs Devonshire prefers the dependability of facts—except for one: her beloved younger brother George doesn’t have long to live. He becomes captivated by a brand-new book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and begs her to find out where Narnia came from. However, approaching the author only reveals more stories.


The Right Kind of Fool

Sarah Loudin Thomas
Adult Fiction - Thomas

Thirteen-year-old Loyal Raines discovers a dead body while swimming in the river. Desperate for help, he runs to his father, Creed, frantically trying to communicate the news with his hands. As Creed is pulled into the murder investigation, he discovers that what sets Loyal apart isn't his inability to hear, but his courage.


The Sisters of Sugarcreek

Cathy Liggett
Adult Fiction - Liggett

Many lives in Sugarcreek, Ohio were forever changed the day a fire destroyed Faith Community Church. Newly widowed Lydia Gruber, single mother Jessica Holtz, and Secret Stitches Society member Liz Cannon cross paths and work to form new friendships, preserve legacies, and face uncertain futures in the aftermath of tragedy.


The Switch

Beth O'Leary
Adult Fiction - Oleary

When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen's house. Eileen would like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen. So the two women decide to try a two-month swap.


What You Wish For

Katherine Center
Adult Fiction - Center

Samantha Casey is a school librarian who loves her job. Duncan Carpenter is the new principal who lives by rules and regulations. They weren’t always this way though. As the school community spirals into chaos, Sam and Duncan will discover what it means to be brave and take a chance on love—which is the riskiest move of all.


You Me Everything

Catherine Isaac
Adult Fiction - Isaac

Jess and her ten-year-old son William set off to spend the summer at her ex-boyfriend Adam’s castle hotel, Château de Roussignol. Jess is bowled over by what Adam has accomplished, but she’s in France for a much more urgent reason: to make Adam fall in love with his own son.


Yours Cheerfully

AJ Pearce
Adult Fiction - Pearce

Things are looking up for wartime advice columnist Emmeline Lake, her boyfriend Charles, and best friend Bunty. But when they meet a young mother who shows them the very real challenges that women war workers face, Emmy must confront a dilemma between doing her duty and standing by her friends.