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Jan Karon Readalikes

If you like the Mitford series by Jan Karon for the small town atmosphere, eccentric characters, humor and spirituality, try these book series. All these books are available from the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library catalog.

Jennifer Chiaverini.
Elm Creek Quilters novels set in a small Pennsylvania town, featuring friendship, family, quilting, a gentle read without the religious emphasis.

Richard Paul Evans.
Small town feel, gentle characters, less humorous and more sentimental, often has religious element.

Giovanni Guareschi.
Don Camillo is the parish priest of a small Italian town in the 1950s. Small town feel, eccentric characters, humor, definite religious feel.

Philip Gulley.
Harmony series are a Quaker minister's tales of his Indiana hometown. Small town feel, eccentric characters, more humor than Karon, definite religious feel.

Jerry B. Jenkins.
Hometown Legend, small town atmosphere, some romance, religious element, co-author of Left Behind. BR 14178.

Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer.
Cape Light books, set in a Massachusetts community where everyone knows and cares deeply for one another.

Catherine Marshall.
Christy and Julie.

Joan Medlicott.
Covington series, set in small North Carolina mountain town.

Miss Read.
Small village life in England, eccentric characters, humor, gentle, not religious.

Barbara Pym.
Set in England in 1950s, featuring middle aged spinsters. Stories often center on the Church of England, but more cynical, less religious than Karon.

Ann B. Ross.
Small Southern town, eccentric characters, humor, Miss Julia often tangles with her stuffy Presbyterian church.

Lance Wubbels.
Gentle Hills series has a small farming town atmosphere, romance, Christian orientation.