©1996 Jan Karon; (P)1999 Penguin Audiobooks
I don't review every book--only books I feel strongly about--hence the many 4-5 star vs 1-2 star reviews. Just my opinions--hope they help.
I am really enjoying the Mitford series of books. I love John McDonough's artful narration. He brings the characters to life and makes the whole experience a sum greater than its parts. The best thing about reading Jan Karon's books is the level of positivity, hopefulness and happy quirkiness modeled in the characters lives. There is a feeling that bad things happen in life--but individuals and villages cope, manage to make do and even thrive. Plus --there is a good deal of downright silliness to boot. Mitford brings a smile and a laugh.
I love all of Jan Karon's books in this series. I have read all of then at least 3 times and listened to them on audio once or twice. Heaven will be just like Mitford- with out the pain of course. Perfection
This is one of my fav in the series but with this Mitford series it's very important to read/listen to each book in the series in their proper order to really understand all the beautiful characters. Start with At Home in Mitford and go all the way through Light From Heaven!
This is another of the great Jan Karon "At Home in Mitford series". The characters come to life in each book and you can't wait to hear what happens in the next book. We travel with them in the car. I can not remember ever being inpatient or annoyed over construction or other hold up on the road as we are happily enjoying life in Mitford. This is a series the whole family can enjoy and grow closer together. No sex, violence or bad language. Warning for very small children is it about life and sometimes bad things happen to good people, but the author always teaches us a valuable lesson we can carry to our lives.
I loved the trip to the new town, the new people, and a little mystery. The whole Mitford series is excellent, you become part of the town. Jan Karon is a superb writer that captivates and elures you into a feel-good, warm-fuzzy read.
Jan Karon knows how to tell a story. I am a small town girl and I fell in love with the people from Mitford. I am especially moved by Father Tim's faith and how he draws people into authentic relationships.
Love audio books. Schedule and life-style are not conducive to a sit down read. So on the go, or at night I listen to my favorite reads.
I always recommend the Mitford series books to friends. They are dear to my heart. It may seem corny but I am a Pastor and I love Fr. Tim's encounters with people and his heart for others reminds me of my own heart for God's people.
I love how he made his way into the heart of Morris Love the neighbor with incredible music talent however a recluse. Fr. Tim also weaves his heart into the community of people who soon find out he is not just "another Priest", but a neighbor, Pastor, and friend. Cynthia is always at his side loving God's people with a heart like her husband.
John McDounogh is without a doubt one of my favorite orators. His voice makes each character have their own personality and the enthusiasm with which he delivers the series allows me to listen to them over and over again. Thank you Mr. McDonough.
Although you can read each book independently it is a wonderful adventure reading them all.
I am a mother of two adult children and married to a wonderful man. I am a full time Realtor who enjoys historical fiction.
The entire series makes me feel at home. I see Mitford and the places they travel like White Cap, present in most of the places I have lived.
The life of Father Tim and how thoughtful he is, with Janet Tolson, Jonathon and the crew at the book store!
Retirement can wait!
I have enjoyed all of the Mitford series books. Jan Karon has a style that makes you feel like you belong to the people of the stories. She makes you want to move to Mitford. Too bad it is fictional. She is also adept at expressing the spiritual ups and downs of the many different life-styles in these two places. A wonderful book.
Overall, I love the positive upbeat and inspiring message of this series.
And this book in particular had multiple interesting plot lines moving throughout the book. However, one of the most significant of the plot lines involved a hermit neighbor, who with virtually no explanation does a 180 degree about face at the end of the book. Additional development was needed for this portion of the story to live up to the level of the writing of the rest of the book. In this regard, the ending of the book felt rushed and unsatisfying, as if a book deadline had to be met.
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