Make Mine

Make Mine… a Gentle Read


Those who are drawn to gentle reads are often looking for a good story with wholesome characters.  Relationships and character development are the important factors and the pace is usually slower.  These stories are not devoid of problems to solve or difficult situations to face, but the response is upbeat and constructive. Characters can be colorful, but generally maintain positive values.

If you think you would enjoy these vintage-feeling but eminently readable tales, the following authors tend to write in this genre:

Mitch Albom
Lynn Austin
Maeve Binchy
Olive Ann Burns
Elizabeth Cadell
Jennifer Chiaverini
Sandra Dallas
Barbara Delinsky
Clyde Edgerton
Richard Paul Evans
Fannie Flagg
Benedict and Nancy Freedman
Ernest J. Gaines
Elizabeth Gaskell
Kaye Gibbons
Philip Gulley
Garrison Keillor
Sue Monk Kidd
Lorna Landvik
Alexander McCall Smith
Debbie Macomber
Charles Martin
Joan Medlicott
Rosamund Pilcher
James Michael Pratt
Jeanne Ray
Miss Read
Ann B. Ross
Nicholas Sparks
Mary Stewart
Adriana Trigiani
Nancy Turner
Rebecca Wells
Eudora Welty
P.G. Wodehouse

Read-a-Likes: Nicholas Sparks

If you like Nicholas Sparks’ poignant, easy-to-read prose with a romantic tone, try these authors:

Richard Paul Evans
Connie May Fowler
Emily Grayson
J. Lynne Hinton
Catherine Ryan Hyde
Karen Kingsbury
K.C. McKinnon
James Michael Pratt
Jeanne Ray
Jeffery Stepakoff
Robert James Waller


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Read-a-Likes: Beverly Lewis

If you like Beverly Lewis’ contemporary evangelical Christian family stories, with authentic details and fascinating insights, try these authors:

Terri Blackstock
Wanda Brunstetter
Richard Paul Evans
Dee Henderson
Grace Livingston Hill
Jan Karon
Karen Kingsbury
Janette Oke
Judith Pella
Tracie Peterson
Francine Rivers
Lauraine Snelling
Nicholas Sparks
Penelope Stokes


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Read-a-Likes: Karen Kingsbury

If you like Karen Kingsbury’s emotionally charged inspirational fiction with strong romantic elements, try these authors:

Terri Blackstock
Robin Jones Gunn
Beth Webb Hart
Sally John
Tracie Peterson
Francine Rivers
Nicholas Sparks
Susan May Warren
Lisa Wingate

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