Lots of winners in this batch of books!
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton: Loved it. I'm sorry I let myself be deterred by the length of these books for so long!
We are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg: I came across this title while researching read alikes for The Help. I haven't been a big fan of Berg's more recent books, but I really enjoyed both this one and Durable Goods.
Some Tame Gazelle by Barbara Pym: Always love a Pym book!
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton: Good, worth reading, just not quite as entrancing as The Forgotten Garden.
The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper: Quite similar to This is Where I Leave You, but just as good. I am getting a little wary about reading more of his stuff, though. Will they all be so similar?
The Fallback Plan by Leigh Stein: Eh. Nothing new.
Below Stairs by Margaret Powell: New editions of this book bill it as the inspiration for Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey. Some interesting bits, but I expected more.
Not Buying It by Judith Levine: Interesting read about a year without shopping, but it's getting a bit dated and includes more economic theory than most people are going to want to read. I wanted more anecdotes about how they got along without shopping.
An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear: Always enjoy my Maisie Dobbs.
A Carrion Death by Michael Stanley: The first book in the Detective Kubu mystery series. Generally, I liked it, but it felt a little bogged down. It's hard not to compare it to the No. 1 Ladies Detective series, and they're so breezy, anything else is going to suffer in comparison.