A publishing event: number-one New York Times best-selling author Jan Karon returns and invites her millions of fans to join her again in Mitford.
After five hectic years of retirement from Lord's Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors. While glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he's offered one, he decides he doesn't want it. Maybe he's lost his passion.
His adopted son, Dooley, wrestles with his own passion - for the beautiful and gifted Lace Turner, and his vision to become a successful country vet. Dooley's brother, Sammy, still enraged by his mother's abandonment, destroys one of Father Tim's prized possessions. And Hope Murphy, owner of Happy Endings bookstore, struggles with the potential loss of her unborn child and her hard-won business.
All this as Wanda's Feel Good Cafe opens, a romance catches fire through an Internet word game, their former mayor hatches a reelection campaign to throw the bums out, and the weekly Muse poses a probing inquiry: Does Mitford still take care of its own?
Millions of fans will applaud the chance to spend time, once more, in the often comic and utterly human presence of Jan Karon's characters. Indeed, they have never been more sympathetic, bighearted, and engaging.
©2014 Jan Karon (P)2014 Penguin Audio
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I have not yet completed listening to this book yet, but I have to react to a former review about the Narrator. John McDonough has narrated almost all of this series. I only know of one of them narrated by Scott and that one was in the other series. John McDonough is the voice of The Mitford books. I would have been very disappointed if it had not had him as the narrator. Note: I only gave this stars because the review process required it. I will write another review after I am finished the book. Just had to get this comment out there!
I will gladly recommend this to anyone that is already a Jan Karon fan, and to anyone else that enjoys stories about people who seem so real that you want to go sit down and visit with them. This is a continuation of the Mitford books, but you could read it as a stand-alone.... but you will probably want to read all the others just to join the Village of Mitford fans.
I have tried 3 times now to record which was the most memorable moment for me.... so I guess there is no most memorable. So much is going on in this story that I can't come up with just one.
I thought that the narrator was believable as Father Tim.
Cynthia. Even though she professes to be shy with strangers, I don't think we would feel like strangers for long.
I have my Audible books on my phone, and usually listen to the books either in the car, or before I go to bed (with ear buds so I don't disturb the Husband). I began to listen to this one night, and continued to listen to it the next day - ALL DAY - as I was at home. I finally finished it at about 11:30 pm! I think I will just start all over again, I'm sure there were a few things that I missed.
Mother of 3 boys and grandmother of six. Love to read but never have time. so I listen so I can do four things at once ;o)
This series of books is the greatest ever. as always when I finish one I find myself missing the people. I think they are part of my family and wonder why no one else knows where they are or what they are doing. If there was a real Mitford I would move there and go to Happy Endings and buy a book, and buy a piece of the OMC. I just finished reading this book and I miss all of them already. I sure hope there is another book in the making. I would be hurt thinking that I will never know what happens to these people. Thank you Jan Karon for these friends, I laugh, I cry, I am happy.
I can't listen to the Narrator one more minute. I returned the book.
Haven't read it yet. My star rating is based on the first few chapters.
Use another narrator.
I am disappointed, I was so looking forward to listening to this book. Jan Karon is one on my favorite authors.
Having read most of the Mitford Series, I easily made the transition to audio with Scott Sowers as the narrator, but having listened to the first few minutes of this new book, I realize that I will have to read this one, instead of listen to it. My ratings are premature, except with the narrator. The publisher would do well to stick with Mr. Sowers, rather than ruin a potentially good story with a raspy narrator.
Except for this one, I have read or listened to them all.
Mr McDonough's voice is raspy; his style is forced, and one cannot easily distinguish whether the voice is Cynthia's or Father Tim's. I cannot imagine having to listen to this voice for another few minutes let alone another 17 hours.
I'll have to read it first...
I'm disappointed that the publisher fails to maintain the same high quality of narratorship that was available with Mr. Sowers, and thus ruins the experience for those of us who prefer to listen to these books than read them.
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