I was looking for something to read after being charmed and entertained by Van Reid's Moosepath League novels. My sister, who loves the Moosepath books too, suggested Jan Karon. I will admit that I resisted for quite some time. I had the idea that they were probably "women's" books, but nothing could be further from the truth. Any really good book is above such pigeonholing. This one certainly is. Like Mr. Reid's books they explore what a minister I once knew called the "mystery of kindness." Ms. Karon's Episcopalian minister, Father Tim, is one of those gentle souls who seems a little clueless in the ways of the world but who turns out to be as wise as anyone. Surrounding him are a host of memorable characters, a lot of small town skullduggery, and the possibility of middle-aged romance. It is amazing how many of these elements describe the Moosepath novels, though the writing styles of the two authors are very different! Mr. Reid's is a little more old fashioned. There's some basis for comparison with the Andy Griffith Show, too.
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?