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Subject: Looking for recommendations for my mother
Date Posted: 10/2/2010 2:40 PM ET
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I'm hoping to get some book or movie recommendations for my mother. My mother is in her mid-sixties, and is extremely picky about what she reads or watches.


To give examples of what I've already found for her and she's liked... I've gotten the Notebook book and movie by Nicholas Sparks, Sam's Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson (I think) and just a couple of days ago I got her the movie Dear John. However, I'm not sure how well she liked it, but I thought I'd toss up there to give ideas.


Also, before Dear John, I got her the movie Letters to Juliet, which she's been watching over and over again. I really think she goes for movies about second loves that include older or reunited characters, or a very in-depth romantic sub-plot.


What I know she doesn't like are mysteries, suspense, murder-type stories or bang-bang, shoot-'em up stuff. She likes really deep, perhaps sappy, slow romances. I don't think she's particularly fond of love scenes, but when it comes to certain things I know you can't be picky. Lastly, above all else, they must, must have a happy ending. I'm still getting ribbed about the book Marley and Me. Never again will I randomly get her a book I've never read myself. :P


If anyone knows any books or movies, I'd appreciate it. I'm appealing to the PBS community, because getting her books on my own judgment hasn't really been a raging success thus far. I don't think her tastes and my taste run in the same direction. Lol.




Date Posted: 10/2/2010 2:55 PM ET
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she *might* like that series by Susan Wiggs and Debbie Macomber. Wiggs has the Lakeshore Chronicles and Macomber has a lot of stuff but the knitting series would probably suit her more - the shop on blossom street I think was the first..not sure but they're probably listed here with 1st or whatever to mark the order or the author's websites would have the info.

Robyn Carr's Grace Valley trilogy is fairly  mild but her Virgin River series has more sex. I also like Curtiss Ann Matlock  for less spicy reads though they still have some love scenes. can't remember the order but Driving Lessons and Open Higways I think are the first 2(the one with the barrel racer is first I think) then cold tea on a hot day, at teh corner of love and heartache, recipes for easy living then there are I think 2 more I haven't read  yet. I liked them; set in a small town and you see people book to book - the first 2 take place close together then the next 3 are the same couple/family..not sure about the 2 I haven't read yet.

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 3:21 PM ET
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I have given Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series to my mother-in-law and an older-ish co-worker and they loved them.




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Date Posted: 10/2/2010 4:59 PM ET
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Has she read LaVyrle Spencer's Morning Glory?

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 10:06 PM ET
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If she's more into the longer, sweeping epic sagas, she might like: Roses, by Leila Meacham; The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose, both by Jennifer Donnelly.

Others with more of an emotional hook--books by Kristin Hannah (Firefly Lane, True Colors, etc.) or Luanne Rice (Cloud Nine, The Secret Hour, etc.) or some by Susan Wiggs (Table for Five?)

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 7:26 PM ET
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I wonder if she might like the English romance author, Paula Marshall?   she writes for the Harlequin Historical line, and her books are detailed and in-depth, romantic and sensual (but not too too Uh-Oh for an older reader).    I suggest HESTER WARING'S MARRIAGE, or THE FALCON AND THE DOVE, the first book concerns a gently-born woman in 1810's Australia, who is starving & destitute; ignored by all her "friends" - the hero sees beyond that, he marries her "of convenience", and then they have one of the sweetest, nicest & slow-growing romances I've ever read.    The second, takes place in 1300's Italy, it is somewhat similar in plot - the hero, who is a rich, handsome & famous mercenary, marries a girl who is plain & poor "of convenience" but through his care & eventual love she blossoms into a beauty, but there is a long part where the heroine is disguised as a boy and acts as the hero's servant while he is planning a siege of a city; and that's where their love story begins.    

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 10:47 PM ET
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There are a bunch of copies in the system and I just started it.  Although it is a paperback, the print is not small.  Christian romance, but the women are really interesting characters and so far not preachy.   One is running a huge ranch after her dad dies, another is a lady lawyer, and so on.   Takes place in the 1890's Arizona terrritory. 
Date Posted: 10/22/2010 8:46 AM ET
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Your Mom might like this one- The Shell Seekers

Date Posted: 10/22/2010 9:44 AM ET
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I 2nd the Paula Marshall rec.  I like her alot.  Another early Harlequin Historical author that I like is Sarah Westleigh.  She writes both medivals and Regencies.  The James Patterson rec got me thinking about a book  read almost 30 years ago....The Distant Summer-Sarah Patterson-WWII setting.  RAF gunner and a local girl. 


Oh! Another one-saga..but I adore it.  A Town LIke Alice-Neville Shute(?) WWII far East/post WWII London then early 1950's Austrailia.  Made into a fabulous BBC movie with Bryan Brown. 

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Date Posted: 10/22/2010 11:35 AM ET
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Movies: Return to Me, While you were sleeping, The Outlaw(with Tim Daly), Any version of a Jane Austen novel, Eat Drink Man Woman(no explicit sex, just a couple of make out scenes), Ladies in Lavender, A room with a view (full frontal male nudity though), Jane Eyre(the one with Toby Stephens, or Timothy Dalton) Much ado about nothing, Leap Year, The Quiet Man(Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne). 

I'll think of more later.


Books:  Any Lavyrle Spencer.

Date Posted: 10/22/2010 7:16 PM ET
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I would recommend any book by Catherine Anderson, especially her Kendrick/Coulter series, or Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. 

Date Posted: 10/22/2010 9:29 PM ET
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I just spent a fortune on a large print hardback keeper copy of A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute.   LOVE this book.  The first time I read it I was 12 and just alowed into the adult section of the library.  Its original title was The Legacy.   great story about WWII.

Date Posted: 10/22/2010 10:14 PM ET
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- Bitter Sweet (Mass Market Paperback)