Make Mine

Make Mine… a Gentle Read

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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
Harriet Doerr
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
Annette Mahon
Charles Martin
Joan Medlicott
Rosamund Pilcher
James Michael Pratt
Jeanne Ray
Miss Read
Ann B. Ross
Rebeca Seitz
Nicholas Sparks
Mary Stewart
Adriana Trigiani
Nancy Turner
Rebecca Wells
Eudora Welty
P.G. Wodehouse
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Make Mine

Make Mine…Inspirational and Biblical Fiction

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If you enjoy tales of people overcoming obstacles to find happiness and fulfillment, whether these people are assisted by a higher power or not, then you might like Inspirational Fiction.

Sometimes known as Christian Fiction, this genre nonetheless does not have to have religious overtones.  In Biblical fiction, Biblical characters are used as the main focus, and the stories are often retellings of what is contained in the Bible from a perspective of faith, but anyone can enjoy the stories of their lives.

If you want to read some of these tales of inspiration, the following authors tend to write in these genres:

Tamera Alexander
ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Terri Blackstock
Wanda E. Brunstetter
Melody Carlson
Vannetta Chapman
Mindy Starns Clark
Amy Clipston
Lori Copeland
Ted Dekker
Richard Paul Evans
Joseph Girzone
Andrew Greeley
Philip Gulley
Robin Jones Gunn
Rene Gutteridge
Robin Lee Hatcher
Kristen Heitzmann
Liz Curtis Higgs
J. Lynne Hinton
Angela Elwell Hunt
Denise Hunter
Neta Jackson
Jan Karon
Karen Kingsbury
Jane Kirkpatrick
Tim LaHaye
Maureen Lang
Beverly Lewis
Susan Meissner
Janette Oke
Catherine Palmer
Tracie Peterson
Francine Rivers
Gayle Roper
Lisa Samson
Gary Smalley
Penelope Stokes
Ann Tatlock
Brock and Bodie Thoene
Donna VanLiere
Dan Walsh
Susan May Warren
Jan Watson
Lori Wick
Lisa Wingate
Geoffrey Wood
Read-a-Likes

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

Read-a-Likes: Debbie Macomber

If you like Debbie Macomber’s contemporary romances and novels of women’s lives with  domestic settings and sympathetic heroines, try these authors:

Mary Kay Andrews
Donna Ball
Robyn Carr
Jennifer Chiaverini
Lori Copeland
Barbara Delinsky
Richard Paul Evans
Dorothy Garlock
Kristin Hannah
Jan Karon
Susan Mallery
Fern Michaels
LaVyrle Spencer
Susan Wiggs
Sherryl Woods

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Read-a-Likes, reader's advisory

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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