At Home In Mitford: Radio Theater Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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Father Tim, a cherished small-town rector, is the steadfast soldier in this beloved slice of life story set in an American village where the grass is still green, the pickets are still white, and the air still smells sweet. The rector's forthright secretary, Emma Garret, worries about her employer, as she sees past his Christian cheerfulness into his aching loneliness. Slowly but surely, the empty places in Father Tim's heart do get filled. First with a gangly stray dog, later with a seemingly stray boy, and finally with the realization that he is stumbling into love with his independent and Christian-wise next-door neighbor. Much more than a gentle love story, this is a homespun tale about a town of endearing characters-- including a mysterious jewel thief--who are as quirky and popular as those of Mayberry, R.F.D. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
The first two novels in Karon's Mitford series chronicle the everyday eccentricities of a small North Carolina town.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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My first, and continuing, impression of the characters is that they are all stereotyped caricatures. Everyone talks and behaves exactly as I expect them to after the first page. The charmingly quirky people are unfailingly charmingly quirky. The sweet and caring are unfailingly sweet and caring. The wry and amusing are unfailingly wry and amusing. Even the dog is always lovably funny. No one ever seems to step out of their predefined character, even by a toe. So they are all predictable.
I find the writing style intrusive. I kept getting the sense that the author was TELLING rather than SHOWING. The language is often stilted and mannered, and she manages to make sure we never forget that she's telling the story; she isn't invisible, one of the hallmarks of great writing. I had a mental image of her pausing over her keyboard and trying to come up with the next sentence that would reassure us that she's still there. Even her wit seems stilted and self-conscious.
I have no problem with books that are essentially plotless, as long as there is character develoment or movement of some kind. In this book, not only does nothing much happen, but no one grows or changes. There is no crescendo-decrescendo; the line is straight and unwavering, page after page. So except for some mildly amusing situations, there's no particular reason to read it. You don't learn anything, there are no thought-provoking ideas, you don't come away changed in any way. Except a little older.Read more ›
So if you're a guy! And if you like a good chuckle and you don't need to have someone being murdered on every other page, don't let the cozy covers and all the women raving about these books keep you away.
But now that I've read "Mrs. Roberto," after I read all the Mitford books, what do I read next?
You might be saying now "If you disliked it so much why didn't you just stop reading it?" Well... you see I made this financial investment and I thought for sure that something was wrong with me for not liking it. But then I went back into the reviews and read further. Sure enough, there are people out there that disliked it too! Sure we are outnumbered but we are out there. I just don't get 'it' - this book is dreadfully boring. My recommendation - if you have never read this author - buy just 1 BOOK at a time or better yet show up at my next garage sale and buy the whole lot for $4.00 or BO.
Most recent customer reviews
I had heard so much about this series and I liked that it was set in a small town, centering on the life of a priest and friends living there; sounded different and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Geraldine
Truly a lovely, well-written book that warms your heart. Never a dull, slow moving part.Published 8 months ago by Lee Goertzen
This story has your interest snagged within the first couple of pages. I found it interesting, heart-warming, funny, and very well written. I feel like I know all the characters. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2013 by Rachel Nysted
Upon recommendation by a friend I read this book.
Though it was written in 1994 the story is timeless in that it deals with relationships, humour and faith. Read more
I liked this book, but felt that there could have been more of a plot or story behind the town. All of the things that seemed like big mysteries didn't turn out to be that way. Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by TJ's Mommy
I agree with the negative reviews ... poorly written, boring, flat characters, utterly predictable and annoying. However, I also somewhat understand the appeal of this book. Read morePublished on March 28 2004
At Home in Mitford is the first book in the Mitford series. It introduces you to the major characters (and quite a few minor ones) that Karon develops in the later Mitford books. Read morePublished on March 27 2004 by Kristi Lewandowski
I've been interested in the reviews I've read, being in agreement with them most of the time. Those who complain about a lack of reality, etc., miss the point all together. Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by Joan Thomas
What a pleasure this and all of Karon's books are! Pure delight with their Mayberryesque type settings. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004
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