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A New Song | [Jan Karon]

A New Song

Jan Karon's millions of fans can't wait to sit down with her heartwarming and hilarious characters, who have a way of becoming family. In fact, readers and booksellers across the country kept Out to Canaan and At Home in Mitford on The New York Times best seller list for months. In A New Song, Mitford's longtime Episcopal priest, Father Tim, retires. However, new challenges and adventures await when he agrees to serve as interim minister of a small church on Whitecap Island.
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Jan Karon's millions of fans can't wait to sit down with her heartwarming and hilarious characters, who have a way of becoming family. In fact, readers and booksellers across the country kept Out to Canaan and At Home in Mitford on The New York Times best seller list for months. In A New Song, Mitford's longtime Episcopal priest, Father Tim, retires. However, new challenges and adventures await when he agrees to serve as interim minister of a small church on Whitecap Island. He and his wife, Cynthia, soon find that Whitecap has its own unforgettable characters: a church organist with a mysterious past, a lovelorn bachelor placing personal ads, a mother battling paralyzing depression. They also find that Mitford is never far away when circumstances "back home" keep their phone ringing off the hook. In this fifth novel of the beloved series, fans old and new will discover that a trip to Mitford and Whitecap is twice as good for the soul.

©1996 Jan Karon; (P)1999 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Sara USA 06-21-13
    Sara USA 06-21-13 Member Since 2008

    I work to keep my reviews free of plot spoilers. I hate reviews that tell you the whole story. That said, I do love reading reviews!

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    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    C. Cole Germantown, TN 10-22-07
    C. Cole Germantown, TN 10-22-07 Member Since 2007

    C. Cole

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    "A Must Read Series"

    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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gina allen, TX, United States 06-05-09
    Gina allen, TX, United States 06-05-09 Member Since 2006
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    "One of the best of the series"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela LIVINGSTON, TX, USA 04-12-09
    Pamela LIVINGSTON, TX, USA 04-12-09
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    "Traveling Companion"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Lenexa, KS, United States 08-29-05
    Julie Lenexa, KS, United States 08-29-05 Member Since 2003
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    "The whole Mitford series is excellent"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michele GWYNN OAK, MD, United States 12-05-13
    Michele GWYNN OAK, MD, United States 12-05-13

    I love to read and since I don't have much time for that I get my reading in through Audible. It's been wonderful to listen to my favorites

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    "Mitford a place I want to live."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does John McDonough bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Retired Adventures


    Any additional comments?

    Although you can read each book independently it is a wonderful adventure reading them all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Liberty Township, OH, United States 07-23-13
    Brenda Liberty Township, OH, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a mother of two adult children and married to a wonderful man. I am a full time Realtor who enjoys historical fiction.

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    "Wonderful Trip To The Coast!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The life of Father Tim and how thoughtful he is, with Janet Tolson, Jonathon and the crew at the book store!


    Which character – as performed by John McDonough – was your favorite?

    Jonathon!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Retirement can wait!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah DeWitt, MI, USA 08-24-05
    Deborah DeWitt, MI, USA 08-24-05
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    "Jan Karon never fails to please"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Regan Washington, DC, United States 12-05-10
    Regan Washington, DC, United States 12-05-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing"

    I have a certain affection for the Mitford series as it was one of the first audiobooks I ever read and John McDonough's fabulous narration really hooked me on both the series and audiobooks in general. However, I found this installment in the series trying too hard to be a proselytizing "Christian" genre book, instead of a charming, sometimes funny, sometimes moving story that happens to have an Episcopalian minister as it's main character. Too many threads and plot lines were just set adrift in this book with no decent conclusion to them. All of them in fact. Then the book ends with a full thirteen minute sermon on being born-again and having a 'personal relationship with Jesus Christ' which has nothing do with any of the plots of the book, just smacked in there for good measure. It really wasn't up to par with the previous entries in this otherwise great series.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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