Light Reads

    • By Invitation Only
      Dorothea Benton Frank

      A young, sophisticated Chicago woman falls for the owner of a farm on Johns Island, a lush paradise off the coast of South Carolina, and trades the bustle of city life for the vagaries of a small Southern community.

    • The City Bakers Guide to Country Living
      Louise Miller

      A full-hearted novel about a big-city baker who discovers the true meaning of home--and that sometimes the best things are found when you didn't even know you were looking.

    • The Dog That Whispered
      Jim Kraus

      When single professor and Vietnam veteran Jim Kraus takes in a dog, he notices thathis new pet's growls sound like words, and even though he knows that he is just projecting, he finds himself taking the dog's "words" as encouragement to make a new friend.

    • The Little Paris Bookshop
      Nina George

      Monsieur Perdu, owner of a floating bookstore, prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Haunted by the heartbreak of a lost love, he decides to travel along the country's rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

    • Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar
      Olga Wojtas

      Skills in everything from martial arts to quantum physics make Shona McMonagle the perfect recruit for a new and interesting project: Time-travel to Tzarist Russia, prevent a gross miscarriage of romance, and – in any spare time – see to it that only the right people get murdered.

    • The Most Famous Illegal Goose Creek Parade
      Virginia Smith

      Al Richardson enjoys small town life, but things are about to get hectic when Al's wife decides she wants to open a B&B, the new town veterinarian does not understand why she only has one patient, and there might even be an illegal parade.

    • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
      Fredrik Backman

      When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about a grandmother like no other.

    • My Italian Bulldozer
      Andrew McCall Smith

      Paul Stuart heads to the idyllic Italian hill town of Montalcino, but he discovers his rental car is missing. With no other cars available, Paul is stuck until he is offered a bulldozer. Paul accepts the offer and this begins a series of surprising adventures in food, wine, Tuscan history and modern romance.

    • The Outsmarting of Criminals
      Steven Rigolosi

      A cozy mystery starring Miss Felicity Prim, who believes her ample experience in reading mystery novels has prepared her for a new career in private detection.

    • Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories
      Penelope Lively

      A collection of short fiction explores themes of history, family and diverse relationships, presenting in the title story the experiences of a Mediterranean purple swamp hen living in Quintus Pompeius' villa who narrowly escapes Vesuvius.

    • The Red Address Book
      Sofia Lundberg

      Living alone in her Stockholm apartment, a ninety-six-year-old woman reminisces through the pages of a long-kept address book before starting to write down stories from her past, unlocking family secrets in unexpectedly beneficial ways.

    • Secret Ingredient of Wishes
      Susan Bishop Crispell

      Leaving her hometown after her secret wish-granting powers backfire one time too many, Rachel searches for a new start and happiness in the home of an elderly spitfire, Catch, who possesses the ability to bind secrets by baking them into pies.

    • Something Like Happy
      Eva Woods

      Thirty-five-year-old Annie Hebden is stuck in a rut until her bubbly new friend, Polly Leonard, challenges her to try a new way to be happy each day for 100 days.

    • Summer Hours at the Robbers Library
      Sue Halpern

      For head librarian Kit, the public library offers what she craves most: peace. But that changes when fifteen-year-old Sunny gets arrested for shoplifting a dictionary. The judge assigns her community service at the library for the summer. Bright, curious, and eager to connect with someone, Sunny coaxes Kit out of her self-imposed isolation.

    • The Travelling Cat Chronicles
      Hiro Arikawa

      An ode to kindness, sacrifice, and the power of small things traces the experiences of adventurous Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they embark on a road trip across Japan to visit three old friends.