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Initial post: Jul 27, 2009, 2:47:05 PM PDT
catinbody says:
Who else do read and love? I think Pamela Morsi is similar in her ability to write about a whole community and create believable characters. What other authors do you think are consistently reliable if you also like these?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2009, 3:45:27 PM PDT
E. McCarthy says:
Grew up on LaVyrle Spencer and Pamela Morsi -- love them both. I think Elizabeth Ann Phillips and Jennifer Cruisie are just as good. More humor and more sex, but equally warm hearted.

Posted on Jul 27, 2009, 3:50:25 PM PDT
seton says:
I prefer Morsi to Spencer but Lisa Gregory's (aka Candace Camp) THE RAINBOW PROMISE and THE RAINBOW SEASON had that small-town Americana feel.

Also try Cheryl St. John. She writes Westerns where everyone knoes each other in a small town

Posted on Jul 27, 2009, 4:20:03 PM PDT
I have some recommendations:

Deborah Smith does a great job writing about communities of people. Try her novels The Crossroads Cafe, Sweet Hush and A Place to Call Home. A Gentle Rain is good also, although not my favorite of hers. She is also a contributor to the Mossy Creek series, which centers the action on a small town in Georgia that "ain't goin' nowhere and don't want to." The Mossy Creek series isn't a romance, per se, but rather a slice of life novel about the characters in a small southern town. They are enjoyable books.

I also think Susan Wiggs does a good job creating a community, particularly in her Lakeshore Chronicles series. This series takes place in a small town in upstate New York. The reader sees the lives of the residents who live there all year round, as opposed to the tourists who come for a time to visit this small, picturesque town.

Lastly, you might try plugging in Ms. Spencer's name into Literature Map to see who they recommend for writers of a similar style: http://www.literature-map.com/

Happy reading.

Posted on Jul 27, 2009, 5:52:28 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 27, 2009, 5:52:50 PM PDT
CindyO says:
AAR states that if you like LaVyrle Spencer you should like these authors.
Catherine Anderson
Barbara Bretton
Kathleen Eagle
Alexis Harrington
Lorraine Heath
Sandra Kitt
Debbie Macomber
Curtiss Ann Matlock
Pamela Morsi
Maggie Osborne
I would also add Jan Karon and Jerri Corgiat to the list.

Posted on Jul 29, 2009, 3:50:05 PM PDT
Mosaiclady says:
I seemed to be pushing the same author tonight, but Dorothy Garlock writes a nice romance that always has great secondary characters and small-town feel to them. Her last 2 books IMHO have not been up to par, but her earlier works are great. I have read all L. Spencers books too and loved them. Very few can compare to her. D. Macomber seems a little formula driven and Catherine Anderson is hit and miss for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2009, 7:30:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 29, 2009, 7:35:40 PM PDT
slbett says:
Laura Kinsale (sadly, also not writing anymore) is the closest to Spencer in writing style, IMHO.
Also, to a lesser degree, the earlier works of Jane Feather. Examples: "Love's Charade," "Reckless Angel" (This has a low Amazon rating, due to the age difference between H/H, which while being historically accurate could be off putting), "Vice", and "Valentine."

I could also recommend Sharon and Tom Curtis AKA Laura London.

*****The authors I have recommended write almost exclusively historicals, while Spencer wrote more contemporaries. BUT, I think in style and substance, they are a good match for Spencer.
There are some authors listed on this post that I do not agree with being close to LaVyrle Spencer. I will not say which in the interests of maintaining peace LOL.

Posted on Jul 29, 2009, 7:42:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 29, 2009, 7:44:00 PM PDT
M. Childers says:
A couple of other contemporary small town americana series.
Sheryl Woods Magnolia series.
and I second:
Susan Wiggs "lakeshore chronicles" series. (one of my fav's)/
These are contemporary settings, I can't think of any turn of the century ones at the moment.
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