- Meg Raymond
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If you like "Julie and Romeo" by Jeanne Ray, you may like these titles:
"Lamb in Love" by Carrie Brown. Norris Lamb, a timid English postmaster and church organist, falls helplessly, secretly in love with Vida Stephen, a nanny to the mentally handicapped son of a rich American widower. (summary)
"True love and Home Grown Tomatoes" by Julie Cannon. (A) down-home story celebrating the enormous healing power of the Southern garden. Imogene Lavender, her daughter, Jeanette, and her niece, Loutishie, wage their individual battles with grief and find the answer to many of life's questions deep in the red-clay dirt of Euharlee, Georgia. (from summary)
"Where River Turns to Sky" by Gregg Kleiner. Eighty-year-old George Castor promised he would never let his best friend Ralph die alone at the Silver Gardens Nursing Home--but Ralph passed on while George was away fishing. Distraught, guilt-stricken and seeking redemption, George buys a broken-down mansion in Looking glass, Oregon, paints it fire-engine red, and begins searching for other old folks to share it with him. (from summary)
"Big Fish" by Daniel Wallace. Now, as he lies dying, Edward Bloom can't seem to stop telling jokes -- or the tall tales that have made him, in his son's eyes, an extraordinary man. (from summary)
"Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson. Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) leads a quiet life in the village of St. Mary, England, until his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. (from summary)
"Noah's Compass" by Anne Tyler. Forced into retirement at 61, Liam Pennywell discovers that simplifying his life is anything but simple.
"The Leisure Seeker" by Michael Zadoorian. Both achingly sad and intensely romantic, this unforgettable story follows the cross-country journey of a runaway elderly couple determined to meet the end of the road on their own terms. (summary)