New Gentle Fiction

New Gentle Fiction

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

Compiled by:
Matt N.
Across the Blue

Carrie Turansky
Adult Fiction – Turansk

Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents want her to marry well, to help them gain a higher standing in society. Eventually, her parents reluctantly agree that she can write a series of articles about the race to fly across the English Channel—but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. 

By Invitation Only

Dorothea Benton Frank
Adult Fiction – Frank

A young woman from Chicago falls for the owner of a farm on Johns Island, a lush Lowcountry paradise off the coast of South Carolina, trading the bustle of cosmopolitan city life for the vagaries of a small Southern community. 

The Celebration

Wanda E. Brunstetter
Adult Fiction – Brunste
Series: Amish Cooking Club

Taking in a pair of recently orphaned children, Amish couple Lyle and Heidi organize a series of cooking classes to help their young charges adapt and make friends—an endeavor complicated by the private challenges of the other families in the class.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

Phaedra Patrick
Adult Fiction – Patrick

Finding a mysterious bracelet among his late wife's possessions, 69-year-old Arthur Pepper breaks from his routine life for the first time since her death, embarking on a quest to learn about his wife's life before their marriage, a journey that leads to unexpected self-discoveries.


Shelley Shepard Gray
Adult Fiction – Gray
Series: Days of Redemption

While working at a Mennonite retirement home, Viola Keim, the daughter of two pillars of the community, meets and falls for a missionary whose father is under her care. When her family starts to crumble, she must choose between following her heart or holding her family together.

Enchantress of Numbers: a Novel of Ada Lovelace

Jennifer Chiaverini
Adult Fiction – Chiaver

Educated in math and science by her mother, the only legitimate child of Lord Byron is introduced into London society before forging a bond with Charles Babbage and using her talents to become the world's first computer programmer.

A Fall of Marigolds

Susan Meissner
Adult Fiction – Meissne

Two women, living one hundred years apart, experience similar tragic losses of love—Clara's in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Taryn's in the collapse of the Twin Towers—and are connected through time by a scarf.

The Forgotten Road

Richard Paul Evans
Adult Fiction – Evans
Series: Broken Road

This follow-up to The Broken Road follows the inspirational pilgrimage of a man, believed dead in a fiery plane crash, who survives due to a remarkable twist of fate—before embarking on a journey to pursue a second chance at life.

Hearts Entwined

Karen Witemeyer
Adult Fiction – Witemey

The path to love is filled with twists and turns in these stories of entangled romance—with a touch of humor from four top historical romance novelists. Includes Karen Witemeyer's The Love Knot, Mary Connealy's The Tangled Ties That Bind, Regina Jennings's Bound and Determined, and Melissa Jagears's Tied and True.

Honeysuckle Dreams

Denise Hunter
Adult Fiction – Hunter
Series: Blue Ridge Romance

When Brady's ex-wife dies, he learns his nine-month-old son is not his biological child, and that the boy's maternal grandparents want custody. To help his case for guardianship, he enlists a friend to pose as his loving fiancée.

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?

In the Company of Others

Jan Karon
Adult Fiction – Karon
Series: Father Tim Novels

Arriving in western Ireland to research the Kavanagh ancestry, Father Tim and Cynthia are disrupted by a burglary, a sprained ankle, and local distress over the theft of a cherished painting. 

Last One Home

Debbie Macomber
Adult Fiction – Macombe

Traces the reunion of the three Palmer sisters—one responsible, one rebellious, and one free-spirited—who reveal imperfections in their respective lives as they mourn their mother's death. 

Looking for a Hero: Marriage Wanted

Debbie Macomber
Adult Fiction – Macombe
Series: From this Day Forward

Wedding planner Savannah Charles agrees to a marriage of convenience with cynical divorce attorney Nash Davenport, while romance novelist Bailey York finds the perfect model for her new fictional hero in Parker Davidson.

Love Story

Karen Kingsbury
Adult Fiction – Kingsbu
Series: Baxter Family Series

Helping his grandson with a family history paper, John Baxter shares the story that led to his first marriage, while Cody Coleman realizes he must try to convince Andi Ellison to marry him despite two broken engagements.

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. 

My Italian Bulldozer

Alexander McCall Smith
Adult Fiction – Mccalls

Visiting the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his overdue cookbook, writer Paul Stewart endures setbacks that leave him stranded at the airport—until a stranger offers him transportation on a bulldozer, triggering a madcap series of adventures on the Tuscan countryside.

A Nantucket Wedding

Nancy Thayer
Adult Fiction – Thayer

The long-awaited nuptials of a woman to the love of her life are thrown into turmoil and drama by family dynamics involving her daughters—including one whose husband has just revealed an affair, and another who falls for her soon-to-be stepbrother.

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. 

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Gabrielle Zevin
Adult Fiction – Zevin

When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A.J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family, and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.

To the Moon and Back

Karen Kingsbury
Adult Fiction – Kingsbu
Series: Baxter Family

The bereft and smitten son of an Oklahoma City bombing victim bonds with, and then loses contact with, the daughter of another bombing victim. Ashley struggles to help the man find the girl—while trying to get her skeptical husband to understand why she feels strongly compelled to get involved.

The Wedding

Nicholas Sparks
Adult Fiction – Sparks

After thirty years, Wilson Lewis is forced to face a painful truth: his wife, Jane, has fallen out of love with him, and it is entirely his fault. Despite the shining example of his in-laws, Noah and Allie Calhoun, and their fifty-year love affair, Wilson himself is a man unable to express his true feelings.

Where Trust Lies

Janette Oke
Adult Fiction – Oke
Series: Return to the Canadian West

Returning home after a year spent teaching in the Canadian West, Beth embarks on a steamship tour along the east coast, struggling to choose between rejoining her beloved Jarrick and staying with her family.