Friday, April 22, 2011

Read Alike: Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Drawing on her own experiences and observations, Debbie writes heartwarming tales about small-town life, home and family, enduring friendships and women who knit. With more than 130 million copies of her books in print, Debbie Macomber is one of the world’s most popular authors. In addition to her fiction novels, Debbie has also written a cookbook and a knitting guide to tie into her Cedar Cover and Blossom Street series.

Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove Cookbook

Knit Together: Discover God’s Pattern for Your Life.

If you enjoy Debbie Macomber try these other authors:

Cathie Linz writes charming Romantic Comedies featuring humor and satisfying, sensual romance. Many of Linz’s stalwart but vulnerable heroes come from the Marine Corps. Linz also writes series of linked Romances, so that readers can continue to enjoy characters they like as they appear in secondary roles in subsequent novels. Try Mad, Bad and Blond, after being jilted at the altar, librarian Faith West goes on her Italian honeymoon solo, but doesn't stay that way too long. And though her sexy rebound man has ulterior motives, feelings surface that neither of them are prepared for.

Jan Karon's Mitford series, has a strong inspirational message. In a small town setting, Karon explores her characters' lives with humor and grace, and offers emotionally satisfying solutions as well as domestic pleasures and endearing characters. The series begins with At Home in Mitford, which introduces Episcopalian Father Timothy Kavanaugh, his congregation, and his comical dog.

Susan Wiggs is another author who has made the transition from Romance to Women's Lives and Relationships with her emotionally involving, character-centered novels. Readers will recognize and relate to the heroines and their stories of relationships with family, friends, and lovers. Wiggs also sets many of her novels in the Pacific Northwest, and draws on the Navy for characters and story lines. Try Just Breath, with Chicago, and her marriage, in the rearview mirror, cartoonist Sarah Moon flees to the small northern California coastal town where she grew up. As she comes to terms with her lost marriage, Sarah encounters a man she never expected to meet again: Will Bonner, the high school heartthrob she'd skewered mercilessly in her old comics. Now a local firefighter, he's been through some changes himself. But just as her heart is about to reawaken, Sarah discovers she is pregnant. With her ex's twins.

Richard Paul Evans writes sweet and uplifting tales. Famous for his stories that focus on love and family, beginning with The Christmas Box, Evans characters are nice people who have suffered setback or tragedy. He also incorporates themes of redemption, relationships, and the power of love. In The Sunflower, jilted Christine Hollister accompanies a friend to Peru to do charity work. There she meets Dr. Paul Cook, who has come to Peru to escape his own disappointments, and the two discover the healing power of love.

Jennifer Chiaverini writes heart-warming character-centered tales evoking nostalgia for "the good old days" in her readers. Her settings employ the dynamics of life in a small town and of intergenerational conflict to great effect in her tales, all of which focus on some aspect of the traditional art of quilting. Her Elm Creek Quilters series brings together women from all walks of life and ages who put aside their differences and work together to create a masterpiece. The series starts with The Quilters Apprentice, Sarah, struggling to find a job and a sense of place in her new town, finds herself learning how to quilt from a cantankerous old woman who also teaches her about the deep love that can exist between friends.

Robyn Carr writes contemporary romances and love stories that are character driven. Her stories are bittersweet, heartwarming and dramatic. Start with Virgin River, the first in her Virgin River series. Arriving in the remote mountain town of Virgin River in response to an ad, recently widowed Melinda realizes that she has made a mistake, until she finds an abandoned baby on her porch and lets a former Marine into her heart.

Susan Mallery writes contemporary romances and love stories with characters that feel like real people. Try Chasing Perfect, the first in the Fools Gold series. When she settles down in Fool's Gold, California, city planner Charity Jones, who has a past rife with romantic disasters, is tempted to take a chance on the town's most famous resident, former world-class cyclist Josh Golden.

Please stop by the Recommendations Desk on the first floor, check out NoveList Plus on the library's website, or visit W. 11th & Bluff next week for more reading suggestions. Or submit a Personal Recommendations request, and we'll create a reading list just for you!

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