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Lovely cosy non-upsetting recommendations?

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Rollermum Fri 24-Jul-15 19:27:49

I'm going through a difficult time at the moment and feel like I can't cope with reading anything too emotionally challenging or upsetting, but don't want total mind numbing froth either.

Any recommendations?

siobhancx Fri 24-Jul-15 19:48:39

Sophie kinsella

summerflowers Fri 24-Jul-15 22:12:21

Eloise james historical romance but she is also a Shakespeare professor
So happy and lovely but not rubbishy writing
I recommend Kiss me Annabel

TheRealMaryMillington Fri 24-Jul-15 22:17:05

This is wonderful Miss Pettigrew lives for a day

Linds53 Fri 24-Jul-15 22:28:39

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is lovely. And I really enjoyed Miss Pettigrew Lives for a day too.

applecatchers36 Fri 24-Jul-15 22:28:41

Love Nina by Ninna Stibble true account of Nanny in literary household.
Humorous and sweet, follows her through uni.
Also has happy ending!

Rollermum Fri 24-Jul-15 22:29:02

Thanks everyone! Great ideas there.

notnowImreading Fri 24-Jul-15 22:32:09

The Enchanted April. Just the loveliest, cheeriest book.

whitewineandchocolate Sat 25-Jul-15 21:39:23

Agreed, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is good fun if you need a lift.

Elllimam Sat 25-Jul-15 21:52:37

Anything by Susan Scarlett and loads by ODouglas.

Optimist1 Sat 25-Jul-15 22:11:51

Anything by Alexander McCall Smith, especially the Scotland Street series - well written, interesting characters and stories told with gentle humour.

AndMiffyWentToSleep Sat 25-Jul-15 22:16:18

Was going to say Miss Petricrew too!

FranBrodie Sat 25-Jul-15 22:17:26

The Daisy Dalrymple mystery series

Theas18 Sat 25-Jul-15 22:19:38

Don't like the Scotland street serious but get yourself all the no 1 ladies series and spend some very happy hours wrapped in the " traditionally built" arms of mma ramotswe and her beloved Botswana. It's absolutely just what you need.

Got to be Miss Pettigrew.
Or the Number One Ladies Detective Agency.

Or old children;s books - Ballet Shoes / The Secret Garden / Charlotte Sometimes / What Katy Did / Little Women

hackmum Sun 26-Jul-15 13:32:12

I agree about Love Nina and Miss Pettigrew.

Tim Dowling's book The Giles Wareing Haters Club is a very enjoyable and lightly humorous read, and particularly good fun for those of us who spend too much time on the internet. It's about a freelance journalist who finds that there's an online forum devoted to slagging him off.

RiverTam Sun 26-Jul-15 13:36:47

Miss Pettigrew is lovely, and I enjoyed the film too, though can't remember how accurate it was.

I find YA fantasy good for when I can't be doing with RL. Neil Gaiman's Graveyard Boy and The Ocean at the End of the Lane are both good.

Early Sookie Stackhouses (True Blood) are also fun escapism.

RiverTam Sun 26-Jul-15 13:37:17

Oh, and I Capture the Castle and Cold Comfort Farm.

RiverTam Sun 26-Jul-15 13:37:51

Oh, and agree about Love Nina.

tumbletumble Sun 26-Jul-15 14:27:17

Period Piece by Gwen Raverat is lovely.
Have you read Anne Tyler?

TheRealMaryMillington Sun 26-Jul-15 16:23:50

oh yes to Neil Gaiman Stardust cannot fail to absorb and cheer
(Avoid the heavy duty stuff though)

I didn't like, 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane' at all.

YY to the Miss Pettigrew film - it's lovely.

For something slightly more 'highbrow' but still fun and fluffy, try Evelyn Waugh's, 'Vile Bodies' or, 'The Loved One.' Also PG Wodehouse.

Albaalba Mon 27-Jul-15 23:26:25

Miss Pettigrew
John MacNab by John Buchan
Alexander McCall Smith
PG Wodehouse especially Blandings (much better than recent TV series)
Anne of Green Gables etc
Daddy long legs and Dear Enemy
I Capture the Castle
Little Women, Rose in Bloom,
The following Lord Peter Wimsey books - strong poison, have his carcass, gaudy night, Busmans Honeymoon,

Albaalba Mon 27-Jul-15 23:31:16

Depending on your sensibilities you could also try fan fiction by Saras girl on the site archive of your own. She writes beautiful fluffy Harry potter fan fiction and is really an excellent writer (she is published and this is nothing like shades of grey, I promise you).

Also the films of miss Pettigrew, north and south, and again sensibilities dependent, the 2007 film Shelter which is now my go to cheer up film.

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