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At Home in Mitford Paperback – February 1, 1996
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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : Penguin Books (February 1, 1996)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 446 pages
- ISBN-10 : 014025448X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0140254488
- Lexile measure : 920L
- Item Weight : 13 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.06 x 0.99 x 7.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #29,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I enjoyed the book. There's sweetness and wholesomness to it that fits perfectly with the holidays. Some people may be turned off by the beliefs of many of the characters, but at this point I'll take tolerant, practicing Christians over most stories on the nightly news.
The characters are well drawn, although I think that there are too many of them. By the last third of the book I was zigzagging around, trying to remember some of the lesser characters that kept popping up. The middle-aged romance was a nice touch, and handled respectfully. The story was engaging, and I particularly liked Karon's humor. I'll read more of her books.
If you're looking for gentle wit, a bit a sarcasm, likeable characters, lovable dogs (a few cats), great storylines including some nice love stories, as well as great spiritual messages without it becoming preachy, you will love reading about Mitford and Father Tim.
Although Ms. Karon handles some pretty serious issues such as alcholism, depresssion, and child abuse, it's done without rubbing the reader's nose in it. There's no bad language, the strongest exclamation being "blast!". Her books are G rated when it comes to sex. It's clear when the characters are physically attracted to each other but you don't follow them into the bedroom.
As the characters are developed over the course of the series, the books get better and better. In fact, when I first read the last two in the series, I immediately went back to the beginning and read them again because they were so good! :-) I don't think I've ever done that before.
And, of course important for me, her books have happy endings.
A New York Times Best Seller and a recent Hallmark Movie!
It's refreshing to read a well written book that's not only engaging, but witty, heartfelt, and refreshingly clean. But that doesn't mean this fictitious little southern charm town doesn't have its quirky characters or scandalous stories. There's something for everyone without the sexual smut and vulgar words that drive so much of today's book market.
In this story about an aging, slightly overweight priest, a mangy dog, a quirky neighbor, and a homeless boy, there's no cussin, no sex, and no mayhem! … Well, there's a little mayhem, but pure delightful. In the high, green hills of Mitford, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable. This book is the first in a series, but it also stands alone very nicely all by itself. It'll make you laugh out loud, cry a little, and inspire you to try a little harder and be a little better, remembering that behind every secret there's a story waiting to be told.
"We never, ever know what heartache lies under those rooftops. … Everybody is trying to swallow something that won't go down." —Jan Karon, At Home in Mitford
"God asks us not to worry about tomorrow. … Just stick with today, is what he recommends. Of course, it helps to stick with him, while we're at it." —Jan Karon, At Home in Mitford
This is an exploration of cultural cross pollenation as seen through the eyes of Father Tim, an Episcopal Priest. There are secrets, hidden agendas, nefarious characters, bad actors, and all are in the need of reconciliation with God. In some cases they achieve the elusive redemption by "looking in the mirror".
This is a great read for non-believers as well as mature Christians with a committed faith journey.
Have great joy in the journey.
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absolutely wonderful story telling which makes you feel good inside and out!
go Home- and stay in Mitford for a while longer!