Top 10 Tuesday — Southern Settings

1 Nov

By book club loves a story set in an exotic locale, but we also love a book set in our own backyards — the Sunny South! I’ve compiled a list of books  (18 in fact!) with Southern settings that will be a hit with your book club; many were hits with mine and the others I don’t hesitate to recommend. I could have gone on and on — so many great books set in the South! You may also see I am kind of partial to books set in my home state of Georgia!

To find out what other books bloggers are recommending to book clubs, please visit The Broke And The Bookish Top 10 Tuesday.


Top Books with Southern Settings

Cozy Mystery Series

Murder on A Girl’s Night Out by Anne George (Alabama)

Them Bones by Carolyn Haines (Mississippi)

Who Invited The Dead Man by Patricia Sprinkle (Georgia)



Lighthouse by Eugenia Price (Georgia)

A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love (Georgia)

The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot (Georgia)

The Swan House by Elizabeth Musser (Georgia)



Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth Vogt (Florida)

Her One And Only by Becky Wade (Texas)

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck (Alabama)


Romantic Suspense

Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris (Georgia)

Midnight on The Mississippi by Mary Ellis (Louisiana/Mississippi)

Shadows of The Past by Patricia Bradley (Mississippi/Tennessee)

Vendetta by Lisa Harris (Tennessee)


Women’s Fiction

Dancing on Glass by Pamela Binnings Ewen (Louisiana)

The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman (North Carolina)

Secrets over Sweet Tea by Denise Hildreth Jones (Tennessee)

The Things Left Unspoken by Eva Marie Everson (Georgia)


What’s your favorite setting?


11 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — Southern Settings”

  1. Suzanne Sellner November 1, 2016 at 6:48 am #

    The modern story line in Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould’s book entitled My Daughter’s Prayer was set in Richmond, Virginia, where I was raised. It gave me great pleasure to reminisce about seeing the locations mentioned in that novel.

    • rbclibrary November 1, 2016 at 6:54 am #

      I love when I am visiting familiar places in a book. Have you read any of Sibella Giorello’s books? Many of those are set in Richmond too.

  2. 4thhouseontheleft November 1, 2016 at 10:02 am #

    My neighborhood book club likes to read books set in the South at least once a year (we live in NC). We recently read A Southern Girl by John Warley.

    Here’s my TTT:

    • rbclibrary November 1, 2016 at 10:33 am #

      Great to hear! Maybe one on my list will make it on yours! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  3. Carrie November 1, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    great list! I need to add all of those titles in your women’s fiction category to my TBR list 🙂

    • rbclibrary November 1, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

      You won’t be sorry. Start with Dancing on Glass. Sooooo good! Warning though — it has a sequel. Also good.

      • Carrie November 1, 2016 at 5:05 pm #

        yay! thanks!

  4. Barbara H. November 1, 2016 at 1:01 pm #

    I love reading books from a variety of settings, but I am partial to those in a Southern context. I grew up in southeast TX, spent most of my adult life in SC, with brief exile into Georgia, and now we’re in TN. Elizabeth Musser came to mind when I first started reading your post, so I am glad to see the Swan House listed. We lived just outside Atlanta for 4 years and that book brought back a lot of the feel of it as did Searching for Eternity, also set partly there and partly in France. Words Unspoken was the first book of hers I ever read, and it’s set in TN. I just finished a while back Lisa Wingate’s The Prayer Box, set in the Outer Banks of NC, and loved the setting.

    • rbclibrary November 1, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

      My book club loves Elizabeth Musser. We have read a bunch of her books. We have even taken 2 “field trips” to Atlanta to visit scenes in the books. The Prayer Box is a favorite of mine as well — I should have included it too.

  5. LHauser27 November 1, 2016 at 5:42 pm #

    Hi! I love Pat Conroy books as a southern setting. I haven’t picked up too much Southern fiction recently. Some of these look good! 🙂
    My TTT

    • rbclibrary November 1, 2016 at 6:34 pm #

      I need to read some Conroy! Thanks for commenting.

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