Mitford Years

13 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 11,197 ratings

At Home in Mitford Publisher's Summary

It's easy to feel at home in Mitford. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable.

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.

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  • Book 1

    • At Home in Mitford

    • A Novel
    • By: Jan Karon
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 19 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,023
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538

    It's easy to feel at home in Mitford. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it

    • By Sara on 01-29-14

    Regular price: $38.50

  • Book 2

    • A Light in the Window

    • The Mitford Years, Book 2
    • By: Jan Karon
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,296
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,018
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1,009

    His attractive neighbor is tugging at his heart-strings. A wealthy widow is pursuing him with hot casseroles. And his red-haired Cousin Meg has moved into the rectory, uninvited.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Story of community

    • By Sara on 01-29-14

    Regular price: $38.50

  • Book 3

    • These High, Green Hills

    • The Mitford Years, Book 3
    • By: Jan Karon
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1,062
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 831
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 829

    At last, Mitford's rector and lifelong bachelor, Father Tim, has married his talented and vivacious neighbor, Cynthia. Now, of course, they must face love's challenges: new sleeping arrangements for Father Tim's sofa-sized dog, Cynthia's urge to decorate the rectory Italian-villa-style, and the growing pains of the thrown-away boy who's become like a son to the rector.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another pleasant read

    • By Sara on 01-29-14

    Regular price: $10.50

  • Book 4

    Out to Canaan audiobook cover art
    • Out to Canaan

    • The Mitford Years, Book 4
    • By: Jan Karon
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  • Book 5

    • A New Song

    • Mitford, Book 5
    • By: Jan Karon
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 820
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 638
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 637

    Jan Karon's millions of fans can't wait to spend time with her heartwarming and hilarious characters, who have a way of becoming family. In fact, fans 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A trip to the beach

    • By Sara on 06-21-13

    Regular price: $38.50

  • Book 6

    • A Common Life

    • The Wedding Story
    • By: Jan Karon
    • Narrated by: Dana Ivey
    • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 445
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 342
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 346

    Mitford's Lord's Chapel seats barely two hundred souls, yet millions of Jan Karon's fans will be there for the most joyful event in years: the wedding of Father Tim Kavanagh and Cynthia Coppersmith.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed in narrator

    • By Judy L. Luschen on 06-27-10

    Regular price: $10.50

  • Book 7

    • In This Mountain

    • By: Jan Karon
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 734
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 539
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 545

    In the little town that's home-away-from-home to millions of readers, life hums along as usual. Dooley looks toward his career as a vet; Joe Ivey and Fancy Skinner fight a haircut price war that takes no prisoners; and Percy steps out on a limb with a risky new menu item at the Main Street Grill.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another beauty from Jan Karon

    • By Sara on 09-18-13

    Regular price: $35.00

  • Book 8

    • Shepherds Abiding

    • By: Jan Karon
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 614
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 473
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 477

    Since he was a boy growing up in Mississippi, Father Tim has lived what he calls "the life of the mind". Except for cooking and gardening and washing his dog, he never learned to savor the work of his hands. And then he finds a derelict nativity scene: twenty figures, including a flock of sheep, that have suffered the indignities of time and neglect.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Shepherds Abiding

    • By Bob on 05-25-06

    Regular price: $21.00

  • Book 9

    • Light from Heaven

    • By: Jan Karon
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 787
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 582
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 582

    All good things, even laughter and orange marmalade cake, must come to an end. And in Light from Heaven, the long-anticipated final volume in the phenomenally successful Mitford Years series, Karon deftly ties up all the loose ends of Father Timothy Kavanagh's deeply affecting life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • North Carolina Mountain Life Captured

    • By Sara on 10-08-13

    Regular price: $35.00

  • Book 10

    • Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good

    • Mitford Years, Book 10
    • By: Jan Karon
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 969
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 972

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Mitford Changes With The Times

    • By Sara on 09-26-14

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 11

    • Come Rain or Come Shine

    • A Mitford Novel, Book 11
    • By: Jan Karon
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 923
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 911

    Over the course of 10 Mitford novels, fans have kept a special place in their hearts for Dooley Kavanagh, first featured in At Home in Mitford as a barefoot, freckle-faced boy in filthy overalls. Now, Father Tim Kavanagh's adopted son has graduated from vet school and opened his own animal clinic. Since money will be tight for a while, maybe he and Lace Harper, his once and future soul mate, should keep their wedding simple.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfection!

    • By Sara on 09-28-15

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 12

    • To Be Where You Are

    • By: Jan Karon
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 780
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 715
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 707

    Millions of Karon fans will be thrilled that it's life as usual in the wildly popular Mitford series: A beloved town character lands a front-page obituary, but who was it, exactly, who died? And what about the former mayor, born the year Lindbergh landed in Paris, who's still running for office? All this, of course, is but a feather on the wind compared to Muse editor J. C. Hogan's desperate attempts to find a cure for his marital woes. Will it be high-def TV or his pork chop marinade?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best Series & Narrator Ever!

    • By Renee on 08-06-18

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Bathed in Prayer

    • Father Tim's Prayers, Sermons, and Reflections from the Mitford Series
    • By: Jan Karon
    • Narrated by: John McDonough, Jan Karon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Over the course of 14 novels, millions have fallen in love with the faith, encouragement, and wisdom that are at the very heart of Jan Karon's Mitford series. Now, for the first time, listeners will have the chance to walk with Father Tim through a collection of prayers, sermons, and inspirational passages that incorporates material from each of the novels. In addition, fans will get to hear directly from author Jan Karon, in a brand-new essay about her own personal journey in faith and the ways that the Mitford novels have impacted her.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Just in time

    • By roberta on 11-05-18

    Regular price: $24.50