Good reads for sensitive and fragile lady
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After My dad died, i went through a phase of only reading "nice" books. No angst, no unhappy endings, nothing threatening. I'd retreated from the world to a safe place, where all would be well. In life that was my bed, in reading that was romances.
Amanda Quick was my choice of reading. Might something in the romance area, like maybe Heyer or similar, be worth a look? I'm not suggesting Mills & Boon, make it historical romance, rather than pure romance!
And some others to look at:
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
Christy by Catherine Marshall
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winfred Watson
Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer
The Honk and Holler Opening Soon by Billie Letts
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
which I think will happily satisfy all of your qualifications.
All of us there seem to appreciate the kinder, gentler story.
I concur with the recommendation(s) for Georgette Heyer, D E Stevenson, Jan Karon and Elizabeth Cadell.
Miss Read writes gentle stories of village life.
I find the Irish Country series by Patrick Taylor to scratch a similar itch as the James Herriott books. They both deal with illness, though, since the main characters are doctors and veternarians, respectively.
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg is on my TBR list. Need to see if the library has it.
Is the one murder of an unlikeable person in a cozy mystery too much for her right now? If not, I have recommendations for cozy mysteries.
Please do report back here any books that work for her. 1) so we can make more recommendations 2) So we can go find the books ourselves!
Finding books that lack the elements your mother deplores are something of a "thing" with me. Most of us have good and bad in our makeups and most of us have good and bad things that happen to us. Why do so many works of fiction focus on the bad? If you are going to be biased, why not be biased in a positive direction? *** climbs down off soapbox ***
Some titles are lively and motivating to read.Real life experiences that boost that there are many hopes and miracles happening in one's lifetime.
Hope is within your life.
Short stories of humor and hope/motivation,poetry/poems and short jokes/quotations-motivating types will most likely able to cheer up her. Give a try. Most fiction are sad and violent.