Hi NannyJo - I have read many easy reading books too
Nice to escape isn't it? Try Catherine Alliot, Jill Mansell & patricia Scanlon, can't think of any others at the moment but try your local charity shops as I find they have loads of these types of books!
Some of my favourite authors are Jill Mansell, Chris Manby, Carole Matthews, Patricia Scanlan just discovered her. Sophie Kinsella obviously, Fiona Walker, Melissa Nathan, Katie Fforde, Jane Green, Freya North, Alice Hoffman is good and Jodi Piccoult.
I could go on and on. If you go to your local library they will have a book that has a list of authors who write like other authors. in my library it's held at the enquiries desk. Worth asking to have a look at it.
I found out the other day that Sophie Kinsella writes under a different name too.... trying to think .... Melanie Wickman or something. Did the book something like the Wedding girl... ok will go and look it up and come back...