Maeve Binchy's books transport you right into Ireland and the way of life there, that draws you into her world. She keeps her characters familiar from book to book, so you instantly feel like getting into her next novel. If you never read her before, start with her first book, Light A Penny Candle.
Sidney Sheldon was a very exciting author, known for his blockbuster novels. He relates to women a lot and seems to attract that audience. His plots are exciting and I defy you to want to put the book down.