Best Small Town & Rural Fiction Books
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1. The Sweetness of Water (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author: by Nathan Harris
AN OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICKIn the spirit of The Known World and The Underground Railroad, a miraculous debut (Washington Post) and a towering achievement of imagination (CBS This Morning)about the unlikely bond between two freedmen who are brothers and the Georgia farmer whose alliance will alter their lives, and his, foreverfrom a storyteller with bountiful insight and assurance (Kirkus)A July Indie Next PickIn the waning days of the Civil War, brothers Prentiss and Landryfreed by the Emancipation Proclamationseek refuge on the homestead of George Walker and his wife, Isabelle.
The Walkers, wracked by the loss of their only son to the war, hire the brothers to work their farm, hoping through an unexpected friendship to stanch their grief. Prentiss and Landry, meanwhile, plan to save money for the journey north and a chance to reunite with their mother, who was sold away when they were boys.
Parallel to their story runs a forbidden romance between two Confederate soldiers. The young men, recently returned from the war to the town of Old Ox, hold their trysts in the woods. But when their secret is discovered, the resulting chaos, including a murder, unleashes convulsive repercussions on the entire community.
2. Of Mice and Men
Author: by John Steinbeck
A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression They are an unlikely pair: George is “small and quick and dark of face”; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a “family,” clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation.
Laborers in California’s dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp.
But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie’s unswerving obedience to the things George taught him. “A thriller, a gripping tale … That you will not set down until it is finished.
Steinbeck has touched the quick.” The New York Times
3. The Return: The heart-wrenching new novel from the bestselling author of The Notebook
Author: by Nicholas Sparks
September 29, 2020
A house full of love. A house full of secrets. #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks is back with his best novel yet. Trevor Benson never intended to return to North Carolina. But here he is, back where it all began.
Trevor found himself unable to resist the call home when he inherited a tumbledown cabin from his grandfather. He’s come back to live the simple life but nothing here is simple. There’s Callie, the sullen local teenager who seems to know more than she should about Trevor’s grandfather’s death.
And there’s Natalie, the deputy sheriff intent on making a point and lingering in Trevor’s mind long after she’s left his porch. In a bid to unravel Natalie and Callie’s secrets and to find out what really happened to his grandfather, Trevor is about to learn more than he’s bargained for – that sometimes, in order to move forward, we have to return to the place where it all began.
Praise for Nicholas Sparks:’A fiercely romantic and touching tale’ Heat’An A-grade romantic read’ OK!’Pulls at the heartstrings’ Sunday Times’An absorbing page-turner’ Daily Mail’This one won’t leave a dry eye’ Daily Mirror
4. We Begin at the End: A Guardian and Express Best Thriller of the Year
Author: by Chris Whitaker
Zaffre (March 26, 2020)
March 26, 2020
Welcome to Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove! This is small-town life at its bestand its most interestingMeet some of the people living here:16 Lighthouse Road. This is Olivia Lockhart’s home. She’s a family court judge known for her controversial judgmentslike the divorce petition she denied.
Thanks to an article by Jack Griffin, editor of the local paper, everyone’s talking about it! And then she and Jack start seeing each other outside of the courtroom. 204 Rosewood Lane is where Olivia’s lifelong best friend, Grace Sherman, lives.
Grace is the local librarian and her life has been uneventfuluntil now. Her husband disappeared 6 months ago. She and her daughters have no idea where Dan is, what happened to him, who he might be with. Will they ever find out?
311 Pelican Court is the residence belonging to the Cox familyZach, Rosie and their kids. Zach and Rosie are divorced, but they have an unusual custody arrangement. It’s another one of Judge Lockhart’s controversial judgments: the kids get to stay in the house while Zach and Rosie go back and forth!
6. Long Road to Mercy (Atlee Pine series Book 1)
Author: by David Baldacci
Number one bestseller Long Road to Mercy is the heart-pounding first novel in the FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine series by bestselling author David Baldacci. FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine has learnt three lessons in life:Some wounds never heal.
Atlee’s twin sister, Mercy, was abducted from their bedroom over thirty years ago, and Atlee has spent every day since wondering what happened to her. Time doesn’t lessen your pain. The prime suspect, notorious serial killer Daniel James Tor, is in a high-security prison, but with no confession, Atlee continues to search for her sister, even as Tor taunts her from jail.
But she can always make a difference. Wracked by survivor’s guilt, Atlee joined the FBI to hunt down killers like Tor. Assigned to the remote wilds of the Western United States, she has spent years honing her skills and building her endurance, always with one eye on the ultimate goal.
Now, Atlee Pine is tasked with an investigation which begins with a missing person in the Grand Canyon. And ends with a discovery much more sinister and far-reaching. Continue the gripping series with A Minute to Midnight.
7. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel
Author: by Kim Michele Richardson
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA USA TODAY BESTSELLERA LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERA PBS BOOK PICKThe bestselling historical fiction from Kim Michele Richardson, this is a novel following Cussy Mary, a packhorse librarian and her quest to bring books to the Appalachian community she loves, perfect for readers of Lee Smith and Lisa Wingate.
The perfect addition to your next book club! The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everythingeverything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt’s Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome’s got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.
Cussy’s not only a book woman, however, she’s also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy’s family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble.
If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she’s going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler. Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhereeven back home.”This gem of a historical from Richardson features an indomitable heroine navigating a community steeped in racial intolerance…
8. A Year on Ladybug Farm
Author: by Donna Ball
January 17, 2009
Their husbands were gone, their families were grown, and the future stretched out before them like an unfulfilled promise… Tired of always dreaming and never doing, Cici, Lindsay, and Bridget make a life-altering decision. Uprooting themselves from their comfortable lives in the suburbs, the three friends buy a run-down mansion, nestled in the picturesque Shenandoah Valley.
They christen their new home “Ladybug Farm,” hoping that the name will bring them luck. As the friends take on a home improvement challenge of epic proportions, they encounter disaster after disaster, from renegade sheep and garden thieves to a seemingly ghostly inhabitant.
Over the course of a year, overwhelming obstacles make the three women question their decision, but they ultimately learn that sometimes the best things can happen when everything goes wrong…
9. The Hope Chest
Author: by Carolyn Brown
Montlake (June 22, 2021)
June 22, 2021
A grandmother’s loving bequest changes three lives forever in a heartwarming novel about finding love, hope, and family by New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown. An inheritance has reunited three estranged cousins. Their grandmother Lucy left Nessa, Flynn, and April her home nestled in the woods near Blossom, Texas, as well as a hope chest to be unlocked after they complete a special task.
Together, they must hand-stitch a cherished quilt Lucy left unfinished. It meant everything to her. And now, to three people struggling with their own patchwork pastsTo Nessa, the house has always been an escape from her strict parentsa home away from home.
Flynn has followed a profligate path into adulthood, never guessing it would lead him here. And the town of Blossom only stirs up a lifetime of disappointments for April. Lost and with nowhere to go, her last chance is helping fulfill Nanny Lucy’s final wish.
Thread by healing thread, Nessa, Flynn, and April bond over the quilt and all it represents. As they discover the family they’ve been looking for in one another, they share more than memories. They share the hope of new beginnings.
10. The Letter Keeper (A Murphy Shepherd Novel Book 2)
Author: by Charles Martin
June 8, 2021
Combining heart-wrenching emotion with edge-of-your-seat tension, New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin explores the true power of sacrificial love. Murphy Shepherd has made a career of finding those no one else couldsurvivors of human trafficking. His life’s mission is helping others find freedom …
But then the nightmare strikes too close to home. When his new wife, her daughter, and two other teenage girls are stolen, Murphy is left questioning all he has thought to be true. With more dead ends than leads, he has no idea how to find his loved ones.
After everything is stripped away, love is what remains. Hope feels lost, but Murphy is willing to expend his last breath trying to bring them home. Praise for The Letter Keeper:A man broken by events beyond his control accepts the challenge to walk dark ways in order to bring the lost and helpless home, but he comes close to losing himself in the process.
Despite the hardship and heartache, Martin’s story shines with the light of eternal hope. Davis Bunn, writing for Christianity TodayIt is unequivocally, hands down, a remarkable read. It’s everything you want (and a whole lot more) from a sequel … Y’all better get ready.
11. The Duplicate Bride (Blue Hill Brides Book 1)
Author: by Ginny Baird
September 29, 2020
Saying I do has never been this much fun in this charming new romance from New York Times bestselling author Ginny Baird. Hope Webb can’t believe her twin sister, Jackie, is begging her to swap places and play fiance at Jackie’s pre-wedding festivities.
Sure, it’s only a business-deal sort of marriage, but Hope is a carb-loving teacher who enjoys curling up with a good book. Jackie is a workaholic whose idea of a good time is a brisk five-mile run at the crack of dawn.
The two sisters couldn’t be more opposite. Now Hope is stuck in the middle of a warm, tight-knit family she can’t help but adore and a groom who turns out to be entirely wonderful…For her. Hotel magnate Brent Albright knows something is off about his fiance, but he doesn’t care.
Gone is the driven woman with similar career goals, and in her place is someone warm and funny who not only charms his family but him as well. She’s doing everything she can to avoid him, but that’s probably just nerves.
12. Who is Maud Dixon?: A wickedly twisty literary thriller and pure fun
Author: by Alexandra Andrews
March 4, 2021
‘Clever, cunning, and diabolical in the best possible way. Anyone longing for a good old-fashioned thrill need look no further’ Ann PatchettCelebrated, bestselling, elusive…Who is Maud Dixon? Florence Darrow wants to be a writer. Correction: Florence Darrow IS going to be a writer.
Fired from her first job in publishing, she jumps at the chance to be assistant to the celebrated Maud Dixon, the anonymous bestselling novelist. The arrangement comes with conditions – high secrecy, living in an isolated house in the countryside.
Before long, the two of them are on a research trip to Morocco, to inspire the much-promised second novel. Beach walks, red sunsets and long, whisky-filled evening discussions…Win-win, surely? Until Florence wakes up in a hospital, having narrowly survived a car crash.
How did it happen – and where is Maud Dixon, who was in the car with her? Florence feels she may have been played, but wait, if Maud is no longer around, maybe Florence can make her mark as a writer after all…’Stylish, sharp, with wicked hairpin turns…
13. The Best Of Us (Sullivan's Crossing, Book 4)
Author: by Robyn Carr
January 8, 2019
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHORSULLIVAN’S CROSSING: BOOK FOURPre-order your copy now! A second chance at love? Dr. Leigh Culver loves practicing medicine in Timberlake, Colorado. It is a much-needed change of pace from her stressful life in Chicago. The only drawback is she misses her aunt Helen, the woman who raised her.
But it’s time that Leigh has her independence and she hopes the beauty of the Colorado wilderness will entice her aunt to visit often. When Helen visits Leigh she is surprised to find her niece still needs her, especially when it comes to sorting out her love life.
But the biggest surprise comes when Leigh takes Helen out to Sullivan’s Crossing and Helen finds herself falling for the place and one special person. Helen and Leigh will each have to decide if they can open themselves up to love neither expected to find and seize the opportunity to live their best lives.
Readers love Robyn Carr:Lovely book from a lovely series’Robyn Carr reflects real life wonderfully’fascinating and heartwarming characters and a stunning setting’a must-read for fans of contemporary romance’
14. This Is Happiness
Author: by Niall Williams
September 5, 2019
Shortlisted for Best Novel in the Irish Book AwardsLonglisted for the 2020 Walter Scott Prize for Historical FictionThe most enchanting novel you’ll read this year, from the acclaimed author of Man Booker-longlisted History of the Rain’Lyrical, tender and sumptuously perceptive’ Sunday Times ‘A love letter to the sleepy, unhurried and delightfully odd Ireland that is all but gone’ Irish Independent After dropping out of the seminary, seventeen-year-old Noel Crowe finds himself back in Faha; a small Irish parish where nothing ever changes, including the ever-falling rain.
But one morning the rain stops and news reaches the parish the electricity is finally arriving. With it comes a lodger to Noel’s home, Christy McMahon. Though he can’t explain it, Noel knows right then: something has changed. As Noel navigates his coming-of-age by Christy’s side, falling in and out of love, Christy’s buried past gradually comes to light, casting a glow on a small world and making it new.
15. The Somerset Girls: A Novel
Author: by Lori Foster
May 19, 2020
Foster convincingly brings her characters to life against the idyllic backdrop of Kentucky farmland. This down-to-earth romance will especially appeal to animal lovers. Publishers Weekly on The Somerset GirlsNo one knows you quite like a sisterSummer in Sunset, Kentucky, means long, hot daysand sometimes surprising new beginnings.
Through it all, the ties of sisterhood will be there, guiding Autumn and Ember to the lives, and loves, they needWhen they’re running the animal-rescue farm they inherited from their grandparents, Autumn and Ember Somerset are perfectly in sync. At all other times, not so much.
Dependable Autumn would rather curl up with a good book than paint the town red with Ember. After the disaster that was Autumn’s last relationship, it’s pure self-protection. But when her high school crush comes back to town with his adorable young daughter, igniting memories best left forgotten, there’s only one person Autumn can turn toBeneath Ember’s free-spirited facade is a layer of deep hurt.