I decided to re-re-read the Mitford series in March of this year. As I read the fifth book, A New Song, I remembered why this is one of my very favorite in the entire series. Father Tim has retired, but he has been asked to act as an interim pastor for the small seaside church in Whitecap. Even though readers are introduced to a new set of characters, fans of Mitford will not be disappointed as Karon keeps them updated on what is going on there as well. (I especially love to see how Dooley has gone from an angry pre-teen to a young man who is experiencing both new love and serious life lessons.) While in Whitecap, Father Tim and Cynthia meet members of a community who quicky become like family. However, like in any family, there are conflicts. The choir director has recently run off with a member of the choir, leaving his wife facing terrible depression. This leads Tim and Cynthia to take in the couple's three year old son. Then there is the reclusive neighbor who seems to crave isolation while at the same time sharing his incredible talents with the Kavanaghs. While these plot lines tear at the heart, I found myself smiling when reading about the lonely bachelor who seek love though personal ads (and the friends who help him.) The climax comes in the form of a severe storm which tears the community apart (while bringing them together.) Every time I finish this novel, I start to miss the characters and actually find myself wondering how they are doing as I start a new one.