I was not impressed by The Lady
. It seemed very formulaic, written strictly for the bucks. Now there's nothing wrong with writing solely for the income but at least make it something original. Two of McCaffrey's better non-SF books are, in my opinion, A Stitch in Snow and The Year of the Lucy. Stitch in Snow
Dana Jane Lovell, a successful author and lecturer, is traveling on a lecture stint in the States. Things look bad when she is snowbound in Denver, but then she meets a traveling gentleman, Dan Lowell, who charms her. For three days they share time, fun, and love. Dana continues her tour only to learn later that her chance companion has been charged with manslaughter of his former wife - while she and he were together. Now someone from Denver is looking for her.
AndThe Year of the Lucy
Lucy Farnoll had died seven years ago and with the loss of her close friend's support, Mirelle's life was stuck in a rut. Her marriage is in trouble from internal conflicts as well as troublesome relatives. Long-suppressed memories of her childhood and parents, and her too long restrained talent as an artist of sculpture collide together in 1961. Two chance meetings with James Howell lead to a close friendship that helps her face the past, strengthen the present, and set a course for the future.
I have reread both of these books many times. In fact, Stitch in Snow
is one of those books I take with me on a trip because I know it will entertain me just in case whatever the new book I have doesn't live up to my expectations.
Both books are out of print but can be found at used book stores and through www.amazon.com