At Home in Mitford

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At Home in Mitford

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The first in a series of novels, this heartwarming book introduces readers to a small, charming North Carolina town and its equally charming denizens. Filled with the mysteries and miracles of everyday life and rich, provincial humor, At Home in Mitford will have readers clamoring for more. Followed by a sequel, A Light in the Window.

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The word that immediately

The word that immediately came to mind after reading this book was "gentle". This is an extremely gentle read. The story hinges around Father Tim, a kind-hearted Episcopalian Priest, whose quiet life is shaken up (in a gentle kind of way) by the happenings of his parish. If I tell you that there is illegitamacy, a jewel theft, and an abandoned child in this book - it will be true, and yet I suspect it will give you an entirely wrong impression about the pace and tone of this book. All of those things do feature in the story, but they are delicately handled - so delicately that they do not stop me from pronouncing this a "feel-good" read. Mechanically speaking, I can tell you that the story is well-put-together, that the plot holds up, and that the writing style is quite smooth: Karon creates real characters in this book, not just characatures. At the end, you feel like you know them all. But possibily the best thing about this book is that although the characters in it are kind, and things generally work out for the best - you still feel that it could all "really happen". You don't feel like the author is simply putting rose-colored glasses on your nose and showing you a world that could never TRULY exist. Instead, you are left feeling that - at least in some small way - there really is a Mitford out there. And this is why I heartily applaud Jan Karon, and look forward to reading the next installment in this series.

Having recently written a

Having recently written a review dissing a Christian book, I felt the urge to even the's a Christian-outlook book I wholeheartedly recommend to believers and nonbelievers alike.When I want something cozy, sweet, optimistic, and full of faith and love, I turn to the Mitford series. The story centers around an Episcopalian rector, Father Timothy Kavanaugh, and his congregation in the tiny rural town of Mitford, North Carolina. The plot is full of small-town doings: the abandoned dog who adopts Father Tim, his interactions with his new neighbor Cynthia and her cat, stories from an elderly member of the congregation, a recalcitrant boy that Father Tim has to look after, mysterious disappearances of food items from the's a comfortable slice of life from an almost unrealistically perfect town. There really aren't bad people in Mitford: there are tons of quirky characters and a few terrible deeds, but everyone can be saved and redeemed. The book is unabashedly Christian in outlook, but I never felt like it crossed over the preachiness line. Through Father Tim's ministry, Karon manages to give readers the first steps of accepting God into their lives, but (speaking as an agnostic here), it doesn't come across as judgmental or forceful. The writing style is perhaps a little basic and if you want a strong, tight plot this really isn't for you, but if you're looking for a comfort read, take a look at this book. Mitford is a place that I enjoy visiting again and again.

A cozy read in which all

A cozy read in which all the troubles are turned around; all the prayers are answered; and all the people are lovable in some way or other. No true tragedy is left without a silver lining. Normally I don't like this type of book, too sweet for me, but I'll confess I did grow fond of some of the characters and of course, since there was a dog, I had to like him!

I thought this would be o

I thought this would be overly sweet sappy country christian romance but it actually was a nice interesting read, with mostly believable characters and events. Relaxing lack of adultery, drug use, sarcasm and skepticism presented as "normal" traits of modern people.

I've read all of the Mitf

I've read all of the Mitford series - again - another series that I came late to the party and now feel like the guest hunting around for more fritos. I'd read anything Jan Karon writes about Father Tim, Cynthia, Dooley and the gang. I have the cook book - the gift books - the outer banks books. Who knew voyerism of a small town in North Carolina would be so fun? so interesting? so all encompasing? Growing up in the Episcopal church was a rather dry experience for my young self. I only thought you could have a one-on-one relationship with God in a big, non-denominational setting. But after reading the Mitford books, I've come to realize it doesn't matter where you worship, or what prayers you repeat - it's what you feel in your heart. Jan Karon has opened a window - and let sunlight and fresh air in for this reformed Episcopalean.
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