Fiction by Maeve Binchy.
I love, Love, LOVE MAEVE BINCHY.
She writes the best characters. Or, I should say, she WROTE the best characters, because unfortunately, this is her last book. She died last year.
This was not my favorite of her books, because it was almost in the style of a set of short stories; although all the chapters were connected, each could stand alone.
But I recommend all of her books, especially Firefly Summer and Circle of Friends...
... and Tara Road and The Lilac Bus and Quentins and The Glass Lake...
You get the idea.