MaMa has been hounding me to read this series for a while. It finally came up on my library booklist and I plunged in. Simple writing style, simple story, predictible -- but I got hooked on the characters nonetheless.
Reality isn't a factor, so forget about the fact that nobody has to worry about money ever and the seemingly utopian community -- it's still a fun read for the beach.
Contrary to what you might think, it does NOT make me long to live in an obscure, rural area. I"m reading the 2nd in the series now. (Shelter Mountain)
Chick-Lit warning to all you macho guys out there.