As a general rule, I default to cozy mysteries. Mostly I default to this because I know what I am getting. I know how much violence, sex, and emotional trauma to expect. I know how much character stupidity to expect. When I venture outside of cozy mysteries, I sometimes find too much violence, too much emotional trauma, or too much character stupidity. But sometimes I get lucky and find a deeply refreshing book. A book that faces pain and characters that are determined to become better. There are people who are willing to give a hug or a shoulder to cry on or a boot to the backside. In my head, I call these restorative chick lit. In recent memory, I can think of 3.
The Cherry Cola Book Club by Ashton Lee. This one grew on me with age. I don't know that I was so in love with it right after reading it. Actually, listening to it. A small Southern town is in danger of losing its library, so the librarian and an unusual group of book lovers set out to save it.
The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore. Some might consider this to be a murder mystery. I don't. The characters are loveable and so honest. They are figuring out who they are and who they want to be and how to get there.
Sweet Breath of Memory by Ariella Cohen. I'm actually on page 10 of this one, but I've already taken taken a deep breath and settled in to enjoy these people.