Yet Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won't go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that's 60 years old.
Suddenly, Father Tim gets more than he bargained for. And readers get a rich, provincial comedy in which mysteries and miracles abound.
Don't miss out on the rest of Father Tim's adventures in Mitford.
©1994 Jan Karon; (P)1996 Recorded Books, LLC All rights reserved
You seem to drift back in time to a slower cadence.
Many stories all intriguing, with a sense of sweetness we seem to not have in the world of today.
Strength of character and purpose . Innocence I thought was gone from this earth.All here still alive and well.
I have listened to this series several times.It is one of my favorites. The everyday adventures of Father Tim, Cynthia, Dooley and the other inhabitants of Mitford, never fail to put a smile in my heart. John McDonough brings just the right down home voice to Jan Karon's memorable characters.
I have often wondered what people think as they see me driving with a silly grin on my face. If they only knew how happy this and every story in the Mitford series makes me.
I listened to Home to Holly Springs and fell in love with Fr. Tim and his lovely life. After listening to this first edition I was hooked. I'm currently on the 4th book, Out to Canaan and I am addicted to Mitford!!
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
Since there are two more books in this series, I guess there is an audience out there for this book. However, I am not included. It drug on with such minute day-to-day details, that I only listed to the first download. I felt I had wasted my money.
I write both fiction and non-fiction and read both fiction and non-fiction. I like history, true crime, women's fiction and anything funny
To be fair, I didn't realize it was Christian fiction when I ordered it. So I found that heavy handed, but even if you are a Christian fiction fan, this story spends a long time going nowhere. I also did not realize her other book I ordered was Christian fiction, but that one had a decent story. For me, these are some overly cute characters with overly cute anecdotes that all felt so episodic, I gave up after about a third of the way in.
No,but mostly because I am not her target audience.
Frankly, they all began to irritate me.
I know many fans of this author, and based on their enthusiastic recommendations, I really expected to like this book. However, I literally fall asleep every time I listen to it for more than ten minutes (thankfully I'm usually in bed while I'm listening). I'm not impressed with the story(nothing happens), characters, or the narration. Perhaps this is one of those books that's just better in print, but based on my experience so far, I don't think I'll give the print version a try any time soon. I'm sorry I wasted a credit on this.
I was looking for a relaxing listen with a little mild suspense, and did get that, but it became really tiresome hearing all the confessions and testimonials of faith. It's like profanity - a lot of extra words that don't advance the plot, and grows more and more annoying the longer the book plays. I thought it was educational to hear the symptoms of someone slipping into a diabetic coma, as the preacher does in this book; otherwise would have given only 1 star. I did get through it, as it was pretty helpful lulling me to sleep at night, but won't be shopping for more of the same.
This, I'm sorry to say, is not a novel. It does follow a central character (Father Tim) but it has no central story with some sort of arc. Instead, it's a loose collection of individual episodes or anecdotes, all revolving around Father Tim, and all involving a huge cast of characters that form the townspeople and parishioners. Characters rise to prominence and then fade into obscurity, over and over again. People you thought would be key characters from the start of things end up lost and forgotten. Story lines you thought would provide a structure and a core to the book end up being little anecdotes that vanish into the ether.
E.g., it starts out with an elderly parishioner donating a painting to the church. Some think it may be a Vermeer, so a huge to-do is stirred up involving an appraiser. But, it turns out not to be a Vermeer. End of story, at about hour 2. There is one very slight reference to it way later, but nothing more. Supposedly Fr. Tim marveled at its beauty and was hoping it would turn out not to be a Vermeer so he could hang it in the church, and yet it's virtually never again mentioned. Many other examples of the same, where you are constantly disappointed looking for a thread to follow.
The characters are all genial, all kindly, all excessively good natured. The town is an idyllic paradise where even the homeless and marginal are good people. The rector (pastor) is full of good intentions, loves all his parishioners and they all love him. It's a nice idea, and one may enjoy such fare for 5-6 hours, but for 20? No thanks.
The writing is flat and uninspiring. Many little verbal motifs are repeated in amateurish fashion; I can't count the number of times we encountered a "crackling fire" in the hearth.
The bright point here is the narration, which is superb. Characters are rendered accurately, consistently, and with a charming southern drawl which sounds very appropriate to my California ears (having not spent many days in North Carolina).
I absolutely love this book and was sad when it ended. The reader was delightful to listen to. I will listen to it again I'm sure!
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