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.
Move over, Eudora Welty. I love the slow pace and the gentle narrative. It's a great change of pace from my usual fare of fantasy and science fiction. It's warm and funny and eminently enjoyable. I actually appreciate the reader's pauses and find it adds to the experience. One caveat, these novels are not-at-all-disguised proselytizations for the Christian faith, complete with altar calls, so if you're not into that sort of thing you may want to shy off. I just accept those evangelical sales pitches as part of the story (being so in character for Father Tim) that I don't let it bother me. I still enjoy the story so much that I couldn't wait to get subsequent books.
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Funny, quirky, and positive. This was my first Mitford book and I really enjoyed the narrator and the light hearted story of a North Carolina town and its aging Episcopal priest. Upbeat and filled with southern charm.
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The Mitford Series books are those I want to read over and over. I'd give each in the series 10 stars if possible. I love them because it's like reading about old friends and 'going home', even if you never had a home like that, you'd want one. The stories are funny, some suspense, mystery and everything else a good book has. You can get lost in them and feel like you are right there in Mitford. And, for some reason, while reading these books, they give you a comforting and peaceful feeling...I just feel good when reading them and after reading them. These people are ones you want to know and hope really exist someplace, somewhere. I'd recommend them to anyone who loves reading about small town life, feeling you know the people you're reading about, and like the comfort you can get when reading a good book. I just LOVE the series.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
It took a little while for me to get sucked into this story. And like the story itself, it took a little getting used to the narrator before I could appreciate him. Maybe it was about half way through, maybe a little less than that when I realized that I love the characters and the setting of this homey, uncomplicated story that tends to resonate with the soul. I also realized what an incredible narrator John McDonough really is. I needed a "feel-good" kind of story, down to earth and easy to follow, just now, and that is what I got. What a surprise that a story about an older man, and a man of the cloth, could be so sweet and, well, inspiring. I don't think this book is for everyone. Some people would find it boring, or would have a hard time engaging in it, but it just hit the spot for me. I am pretty sure I will be reading/listening to more in this series
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I thought At Home in Mitford was entertaining. It is a little slow in parts but that is to be expected in a story about small town life. The characters are lovable and the story line is interesting. The author manages to tell a story with a little mystery and romance all the while keeping things very innocent. I would recommend this book if you are tired of (or offended by) blood and sex and are looking for some innocent story telling.
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The Mitford books are some of my all time favorite books so I thought I'd introduce my husband to them on one of our many rides from Maryland to Georgia to see his parents. The narrator read so slowly it almost put me to sleep at points. Other than that, the story in the first book is a bit slow too but by the end, you are totally involved in the lives of the characters.
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I really enjoyed this book. It's always nice when a book makes you smile almost the entire way thru.
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I absolutely love this entire series of books. I have read them all at least three times and now that I have them all on audiobook, I have listened to them twice. I got involved in every one's lives and truly liked almost every character in the book. After a couple of books, you know them all like you know your next door neightbor. I cried when characters died, and still laugh like crazy at Uncle Billy's jokes. The stories that take Father Tim and Cynthia to new places are great, because you get to meet new people and new experiences thru the Kavanaughs. I find it a great read and will continue to listen to the books. The narrator adds to the story and can bring a different take on each character, especially Dooley. I start every year so that I get to the Christmas series at Christmas Time. Can we talk Jan Karon on another one???
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I am a long time fan of Jan Karon's Mitford series and the audio books are just as delightful as the written books! John McDonough is the perfect "voice" for these books!
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Great to listen to if you feel overwhelmed and need purging! It helps to know about the Episcopal Church litany.
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