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A Common Life (Mitford), Book Cover May Vary Paperback – March 26, 2002
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Jan wrote her first novel at the age of ten. "The manuscript was written on Blue Horse notebook paper, and was, for good reason, kept hidden from my sister. When she found it, she discovered the one curse word I had, with pounding heart, included in someone's speech. For Pete's sake, hadn't Rhett Butler used that very same word and gotten away with it? After my grandmother's exceedingly focused reproof, I've written books without cussin' ever since."
Several years ago, Karon left a successful career in advertising to move to the mountain village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and write books. "I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author," she says. "I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk."
Enthusiastic booksellers across the country have introduced readers of all ages to Karon's heartwarming books. At Home in Mitford, Karon's first book in the Mitford series, was nominated for an ABBY by the American Booksellers Association in 1996 and again in 1997. Bookstore owner, Shirley Sprinkle, says, "The Mitford Books have been our all-time fiction bestsellers since we went in business twenty-five years ago. We've sold 10,000 of Jan's books and don't see any end to the Mitford phenomenon."
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Reprint edition (March 26, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 186 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0142000345
- ISBN-13 : 978-0142000342
- Lexile measure : 1000L
- Item Weight : 6.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.06 x 0.61 x 7.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #81,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Dawn on January 5, 2021
Don't waste your time or money.
We were not disappointed. The story that unfolds in "A Common Life" is anything but common, to use the vernacular. The author graces us with her vision of what a Christian marriage should be like, and dishes out an uncommon amount of good advice for how a couple should get started in building a successful married life. (Of course, the "common" in the title is actually referring to two people who share one life in a solid marriage.)
On the other hand, we would have preferred if the book had been considerably smaller in size. Since we purchased it sight unseen, we cannot complain that its moderately large physical size was misleading. To those who pick it up off a shelf in a store without looking inside, however, there is almost certain to be disappointment. A small volume ("marriage missal" size) that one could carry in one's pocket would have been more agreeable. I hope, however, that this does not keep anyone from buying the book. It is well worth the price!
I would not have purchased it.
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For me, escaping to Mitford and spending time with all it's lovely characters is one of my favourite pastimes.
Book for my father so he's happy
It was a gift to complete the series for my Mom-in-Law. :)