Not girlie as in girlie mags, but girly -- what girls like.
I'm coming off an Anne of Green Gables jag, and I find myself longing for that kind of romantically-portrayed comedy. Headstrong young women, small-town Americana, love of natural beauty, all wrapped up in a nice neat bow at the end, doesn't insult the intelligence -- you know the kind of thing, surely. Kind of Jane Austen, perhaps a century or so later. (And not necessarily British.) What kinds of gentle, discursive romances are out there that a grumpy sentimentalist like myself could dig into?
I'm especially looking for stuff that's available on audiobook, since that's how I've been passing the time at work, but anything between two covers will do.
(The kind of thing I DON'T want: Gone With the Wind. Or anything that has any big ideas, well-executed or not.)
(And I already have a nearly-complete Georgette Heyer collection.)
I know this is probably a hopeless kind of request in this particular forum, given the stereotypical taste of the average comics geek, but I just thought I'd put it out there. And if anyone wants to argue (pro or con) the merits of romance as a genre, I'm up for that, too. Bring on the books!