Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2002
The seventh book in the Mitford series is all about love and discovery...Father Tim and his wife, Cynthia have returned to Mitford and those of us who have read the first five books (the sixth was a novella and not worth discussing) are sighing and smiling in relief that they (and we) are home. The rhythm of the town is one we are familiar with. The characters are old friends (at least most of them). Their eccentricities and foibles have been missed and we desperately need to get caught up with what has been happening in Mitford since the Kavenaugh's spent three years on Whitecap Inland in North Carolina.
For a man of strong intellect and true instincts, Father Tim can sometimes be his own worst enemy as he proves in the first part of the book. He is ignoring his diabetes by not exercising, eating the wrong things and "forgetting" to take his insulin shots or adjusting the dose himself. The result of such a course of action is both predictable and tragic. The depth of the tragedy is something he discovers as he recovers from his injuries and is told the harsh truth of what actually occurred.
The story is then woven around Father Tim's recovery from the accident and the depression that followed; the search for Dooley's brother; the return of The Man in the Attic; the continuing saga of Uncle Billy and Rose and the comings and goings of all of the wonderful Mitford characters.
This book is not fluff, however. There are many sermons, stories and words to live by scattered through the events related here. You will laugh, smile, shed a tear, and grind your teeth, but most of all and most importantly, you will care what happens. You will care deeply and when you at last close the last page you will also have grown from the experience. I guarantee it!
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