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Subject: Recommendations anyone?
Date Posted: 2/28/2012 10:05 AM ET
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My (elderly) mother really liked the "Father Tim" series of books, and then the "Lumby" series.  These are "gentle" books - not TOO much sex and violence (and what IS there is never graphic!).  I think they are called "snugglies" or something like that?  She likes books in series, and I like to find for her things that are readily available in LARGE PRINT.  Any ideas?  I am a "boxer" too!  Email me at broomist@gmail.com if you have ideas! 

Date Posted: 2/28/2012 10:09 AM ET
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You'll probably get a better response in the hidden gems forum.. There's a lot of helpful people there to give recommendations. Also, you might want to remove your email address from your post. This forum is visible to the public, not just PBS members.

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Date Posted: 2/28/2012 9:49 PM ET
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Is the term you are looking for 'Cozies'?  I think they are included in the Mystery & Thriller forum, I'm sure the members there are happy to make recommendatons!  And yes, you may wish to have members pm you (and remove your e-mail addy).



Last Edited on: 2/28/12 9:52 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 2/28/2012 10:52 PM ET
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Books by Debbie McComber are good, clean books that I think your Mom might like.  Most take place in the Pacific Northwest but the themes are universal.

How come you don't send any books to Ames, Iowa?

Date Posted: 2/29/2012 10:02 AM ET
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I can't tell you how many times I've asked him that question.  He never responds.  Doesn't mean I'll give up though.  Inquiring minds still want to know why you send no books to Ames, Iowa.  Perfectly nice town.

Date Posted: 2/29/2012 10:42 AM ET
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I don't like sending books to Chicago, IL.

-RD

Date Posted: 2/29/2012 12:52 PM ET
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Check out the Cozy Mystery list here and the literature map where you can plug in a favorite author's name and get other author recommendations.

Date Posted: 2/29/2012 5:26 PM ET
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I was introduced to "cozies" by other members here.

the Haunted Bookstore series by Alice Kimberly: first book is "The Ghost and Mrs McClure" (some relationship stuff discussed but no sex)

Eleanor Roosevelt White House mystery series by her relative Elliott Roosevelt,  especially a good series to read if you love the Washington DC area

Aunt Dimity series set in England by Nancy Atherton

if she likes cats---  

The Cat Who books by Lillian Braun

the Mrs Murphy series by Rita Mae Brown

If she like Christian fiction:   the Joshua Series by Joseph Girzone



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Subject: Ames Iowa!
Date Posted: 2/29/2012 8:16 PM ET
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Ha!  I didn't think anyone would be interested!  But I send no books to Ames because I've had bad experiences with someone there.... here, on eBay, and on 2 other swap sites, always the same person, but using four different email addresses.... I think they've been stalking me!  Anyhow, that's it.  Simple, huh?

Date Posted: 2/29/2012 8:28 PM ET
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I wondered if your mother might enjoy books by Rebecca Shaw and Miss Read.  Both are British authors but they write lovely stories which are very gentle and warm-hearted.  I know there are several Shaw books available but I do not believe they are large print.  There is one Miss Read book, Village School, up for requesting and would be a good place to start her books but it is not large print.  I personally love both series.  And the publisher Guideposts has any number of wonderful books; you can search under Grace Chapel Inn for a very popular series that I am sure she would like.  Or do an advance search under publisher Guideposts.  You will get a large number of books that way but you can perhaps narrow it down yourself.  It may be difficult to get many books she will enjoy in large print.  Hope this helps.

Date Posted: 2/29/2012 8:33 PM ET
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There is a large print copy of "A Country Affair" by Rebecca Shaw available to order.  This is the first book in that series.  If you would like more info, feel free to PM me.

Date Posted: 2/29/2012 11:03 PM ET
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I can't believe he answered... 

Date Posted: 3/1/2012 4:29 AM ET
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You might also have her try Fannie Flagg and her books. There is one available in large print; I think it is "Can't Wait To Get To Heaven." It is a very enjoyable book and is full of quirky and funny characters. It certainly made me laugh. Also Effie Leland Wilder writes a lovely series of books about living in a retirement home and it is a funny series which mentions God.
Date Posted: 3/2/2012 3:28 AM ET
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There are also large print books under Steeple Hill. I believe they are romances but very light reads. Under Book Browser keywords put in Steeple Hill and check large print farther down in the search column.
Date Posted: 3/2/2012 10:49 AM ET
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Barry, thanks for solving the mystery yes

-RD

Date Posted: 3/4/2012 4:52 PM ET
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How about the Cat Who...Series.  No sex, very little violence, and fairly quick reads.

Date Posted: 3/4/2012 10:39 PM ET
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Unfortunate for Ames, Iowa...reputation ruined by one online scammer lol.

Date Posted: 3/5/2012 2:20 AM ET
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I don't blame you then, I'd have to cross Ames off my list if I'd have that kind of experience. Thanks for telling us.

Date Posted: 3/5/2012 4:26 AM ET
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Your mum might enjoy a sweet series of Tales from Grace Chapel Inn.  3 sisters turn their home into a bed and breakfast and the books are tales of their lives and the lives of their guests.  Great little stories-- done by Guideposts.  Clean and sweet stories and I have found the first 4 books here on PBS.