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Ds and I listened to Anne of the Green Gables audiobook together recently, and it brought back so many memories of the series that I had to reread the whole thing again. Now that I have gone through it, I want more of the same kind of books to read.


I have read almost all of Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell's books, I like their style as well as L.M. Montgomery's. Could you recommend something else? I generally like books that deal with human nature, comradeship, friendship, coming of age, and love (human or animal).


Thank you in advance.

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What about Louisa May Alcott's books? Little Women, Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, etc? Another good series is the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace. Also, the Little Britches series by Ralph Moody.


If you like classic writers, you might like Anthony Trollope's Chronicles of Barsetshire series.


Modern writers - I like Traci DePree's series A Can of Peas and the two sequels.


Other suggestions - Rumer Godden (In This House of Brede, China Court, The Kitchen Madonna) and Edna Ferber (So Big, Giant, Saratoga Trunk).

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Wow, 3 replies already. I knew I could count on the Hive Mind.


Yes, I've read the whole Anne series, 8 in all. I also read The Little Women and the first few books of the Little Britches series. The rest I have not heard of. I did a quick search on some other works by Louisa May Alcott and found them to be interesting. Why I haven't heard of them before is beyond me.


I shall also check into Lovelace, Trollope, George, and Blackwell's work. I am so happy you gals gave me these suggestions. These books may last well into next school year for me whenever I need to relax and unwind. Please keep the suggestions coming.

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I second the Kristin Lavransdatter recommendation.


Also, you do know that Montgomery wrote a whole slew of other books besides the "Anne" series, right?


Jan Karon's Mitford novels.


Alexander McCall Smith's "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" and its sequels.




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I recently read A Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner. I checked it out bc it won the fiction book of the year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). I loved it!

Here are some links to it:




I love the books you mentioned too, and I have trouble finding new fiction authors. My librarian calls my reading preferences "gentle reads", and I found some great library websites with suggestions:






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Thank you all for the suggestions. I wrote them down on a list and plan to go through them one by one.


I am in the middle of John Adams by McCullough, it's a great book by the way, I shall start the list after I finish it.

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I wanted to second (or third) L. M. Montgomery's other books. I like the Emily series particularly.


You might enjoy this blog post by one of my bloggy friends who hosts a LM Montgomery challenge every year: LMM Challenge. This post has lots of links to other reviews of LMM books.


I like gentle, old fashioned books myself, and I review almost everything I read (for myself and to my children) on my book blog which is linked in my signature.


Happy reading!

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