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Subject: If you like Jan Karon or Miss Read, might I recommend...
Date Posted: 9/2/2008 11:25 AM ET
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The Grace Valley series by Robyn Carr. There are three books, Deep in the Valley, Just Over the Mountain and Down by the River, that should be read in order. They all take place in the very small town of Grace Valley in northern California and while the main character is the town's young doctor, June Hudson, they also feature the usual assortment of "just folks" with their very human quirks. The series is not new, written in the early 2000's. I have really enjoyed my "stay" in Grace Valley and I thought others would too. It is a mostly quiet, restful place and it is lovely to visit.

I am also interested in knowing what other books, in this same genre, other members have found and enjoyed.



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Date Posted: 9/2/2008 11:30 AM ET
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Angela Thirkell

DE Stevenson

Monica Dickens

The Miss Julia series (Is Benson the author?)

And oddly enough, the Pollyanna series. I know Disney made a movie of part of the plot, but they are not meant to be children's stories.

Date Posted: 9/2/2008 11:31 AM ET
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Oh, and Margery Sharp, who also wrote the Miss Bianca books for children, wrote really good adult novels.

Elizabeth Jane Howard

Date Posted: 9/2/2008 2:57 PM ET
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All of the above, plus Barbara Pym

Date Posted: 9/2/2008 4:08 PM ET
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I just started that series today Sally.  I have already read one of her other series, Virgin River and loved it!  I liked her so well I bought the first two books in the Grace Valley series brand new! 

Date Posted: 9/2/2008 4:10 PM ET
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Two other series I think you would like:  Jennifer Chiaverini's "Elm Creek Quilts" series and Emilie Richards "Shenandoah Album" series.   I loved both of them! 

Date Posted: 9/2/2008 4:16 PM ET
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And I liked Grace Valley so much that I have requested the books in the Virgin River series! I really enjoyed Chiaverini's "Elm Creek Quilt" series too. Haven't tried "Snenandoah Album" series. Thanks for the suggestion, Cozette!



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Date Posted: 9/2/2008 4:33 PM ET
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Thanks for the suggestion, I help choose books for patrons that cannot get to a library AND I just noticed one patron who loves Jan Karon books has just run out of titles to read from that author. I will send her one of these and see if she likes them :)

Date Posted: 9/3/2008 9:12 AM ET
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Of course, Barbara Pym.

Also, pushing it, Nancy Mitford. Similar group, albeit a little more aristocratic than the others except for Thirkell, and she is also meaner and funnier.

 

Joanna Trollope.

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 1:56 AM ET
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Don't forget the Ann of Green Gables series, it's older but perfectly charming and funny.

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Date Posted: 9/4/2008 11:09 AM ET
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I may have repeated books noted in some earlier posts, but these are all books in a similar vein:

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 11:28 AM ET
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Beth, I agree with you! Those are all wonderful series that I have loved!

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Sally Benson Junior Miss

Mrs Appleyard

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 5:49 PM ET
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It's funny..when I read the Grace Valley books 'Mitford' entered my mind too! only a bit more drama I think. I loved the Virgin river ones and can't wait for the Christmas story coming out! but hey're written very different I think..the Virgin River ones didn't remind me of Mitford quite as much yet I've enjoyed both series and glad they reprinted the Grace Valley ones 'cause the 3rd one was a doozy to find!

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 1:26 PM ET
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