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Reader name: Janet
Hometown: Indianola, IA
Favorite genre: Women’s Fiction
Favorite author: Maeve Binchy
Favorite book: Firefly Summer
We like Maeve Binchy for her “light-hearted looks at real life”—not to mention her unforgettable characters. So, when Janet told me her favorite novelist is Maeve, I immediately thought of our recent list of the Top Ten Heartwarming Reads. Janet, if you’ve already made a dent in that list, I think you should turn to the novels from Belva Plain.
BookPage recommends the Werner Family saga; Trisha wrote about the posthumously-published Heartwood back in January (although you should start with Evergreen, first published in 1978). You will fall in love with the multi-generational family—especially the strong women—portrayed in this series.
Also, Plain’s “Meet the Author” Q&A about The Sight of the Stars is one of my all-time favorites. Here’s Plain’s 50-word summary of the book: “Two brothers, totally different from each other, explode into hatred on one extraordinary day. And then things happen!”
I hope you enjoy these novels as much as we do.
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