Could he give the small company new life? Restore the camel's ear, repaint every piece, replace a missing nose on a wise man? "You can't teach an old dog new tricks!" he reminds himself. It's when he imagines the excitement in Cynthia's eyes that he steps up to the plate and begins a small journey of faith that touches everyone around him.
The eighth novel in the bestselling Mitford Years series is a meditation on the best of all presents: the gift of one's heart. Lovingly written, it seeks to restore the true Christmas spirit and give everyone a seat at Mitford's holiday table.
Continue the holiday cheer with two more trips to Mitford with The Mitford Snowmen and Esther's Gift, both included in this audio edition.
©2001, 2002, 2003 Jan Karon; (P)2003 Penguin Audiobooks and Recorded Books, LLC
As always with Jan Karon books, the story line draws you in and you become immersed in the warm feeling of rural life. The Hardships, Love, petty bickering are all a part of America's every day life, minus the hustle and bustle of big city life. The streets are familiar to each and every one of us, even though the names are different. The easy going life, is heart warming for both men and women, and brings back flashes of old memories buried deep in our minds. I purchased the book series primarily for my wife but found myself wrapped in the warmth of the story, and before I knew it I too was hooked.
This is my fifth Christmas to listen to this audiobook. The first time I listened, I didn't even know this was part of a series. I soon fell in love with the characters and ultimately listened to the entire series in order. But I come back to this one every year. This year I am listening with my 16 yo daughter. Every year I laugh at Uncle Billy and Rose, hope with Hope, and stress out a bit with Father Tim as he takes on a project that would be overwhelming for a man half his age. Every year I return to my roots as Father Tim returns to his, and I remember with him the true meaning of Christmas.
It would have to be Father Tim. I enjoy hearing how his mind works which connects so freely with his good heart.
I love how Mr. McDonough can so accurately portray each of the different characters. I've read all that Jan Karon has written and these voices are as interesting to me as the book itself.
No. I have heard this book several times and want to make it last as long as possible.
I often highly recommend this book and this entire series of Mitford books to my friends
I have listened to the entire Mitford series and loved each book.
Father Tim is great. A good man with human failings.
He is the voice of the Mitford series for me. I am not sure I could listen to the books with another narrator.
Yes- I might even give it as a gift.
I might compare this book to The Christmas Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini. They are both very heartwarming stories with well-developed characters. They both are part of a series. They both are written in such a way that I really want to know about these characters and I care about them. These books both make me want to read more of the series.
I think I would take Father Tim and Cynthia out to dinner. They are written as such intelligent, caring, creative people.
Shepherds Abiding is already on my
When they give each other their gifts.
Even though Fr. Cavanaugh was born and raised in the South, I have never imagined that he would have a terribly strong accent, unless the circumstances called for it. Mr. McDonough's performance followed my perception, so I was very satisfied with his interpretation.
Another Gift of the Magi.....
I am glad I bought it. It will be in my permanent collection.
I love hearing about all of the events in this little town of Mitford.
Yes, I love all of them!
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