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At Home In Mitford: Radio Theater [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Jan Karon
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Sept. 15 2003 Radio Theatre
From resolving conflict to strengthening communication to building intimacy, this insightful gift book offers eight sections of sage advice on accepting, pleasing, and truly loving a mate.

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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.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A cozy mystery March 27 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. I didn't continue to turn the pages of this book because the plot was so riveting I couldn't put it down. I kept reading because I needed to know what happened to Father Tim and the other citizens of this charming little town. Karon does a wonderful job of making the reader care about these lovable characters.
Think of this book as a cozy mystery with no dead body. It does, however, have a jewel theft, a kidnapping, a runaway and several medical crises to keep you turning the pages. If this isn't enough, there is also a romance and an old secret that comes to light, so it has something for everyone. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming escapism...if that's what you like. Feb. 6 2004
Well, I've about Mitford for years from my friends, and I finally got to sit down and read the first one. If I were to rate this book against all literature, I would give it 3 stars at best. Everything is too crafted, manipulated and unreal. People will argue that it's full of the "real world": people get sick, people die, people are lonely, there is theft, there are mean people, there are homeless people, there are drugs. Yes, but the story is never really concerned with delving into the realities of these things - instead, each is simply a burden on weary yet loving pastor and so he prays about it. And everything works out to the perfect ending.
I think Karon's main purpose is to try to craft a world where things go wrong but you can see God moving and so hope is restored. Scripture, prayer and evangelical "answers" to life fill the pages. And, though not bad, Karon's proposed solutions for the world are like bandaids lightly resting of top. She numbs the mind with pleasure, but she does not stir in the dark depths of each of us and address the realities there. Authors such as Dostoyevski, Tolkien, and Lewis are better at bringing forth a powerful and penetrating hope in the face of the worst evils. Karon's work is trite by comparison.
However, understanding that this book is more about escapism than it is about real life, I will say that she does a good job with this. She is a good writer and fairly engaging story teller. She develops a cast of characters that become alive for you - the pastor, the grocer, the grill owner, the vet, the housekeeper, the tough boy, the dog, the doctor. The one really weak character was Emma.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a wonderful comforting story! Dec 7 2003
This is such a wonderful story. I never really thought how busy a clergy man's (or woman's) life is and how much they actually do in their chosen vocation. Father Tim, the rector, in Mitford is the central character. He is just turning sixty at the beginning of the story and has reached a time in his life that he has lost a little of the joy and fulfillment he has always felt before. He is need of a vacation, which he has not taken in years, but which he always finds excuses to not take-he is getting burned out. Enter a huge bad-mannered dog (who is only controlled by hearing scriptures from the bible spoken to him) who has decided to adopt Father Tim, a young untamed boy, a new attractive neighbor, a jewel theft, a sixty year old secret love story, missing food and much more and you have a story that is so wonderful and so human and so enjoyable. I felt the urge to go to my bible and eagerly look up the many stories on Jesus because it made me feel so close to him and loved by him. Don't make the mistake that it is a preachy type story from what I just said but rather a feel good story that makes you want to reach out. The characters are all portrayed as actual everyday people we know ourselves with all their foibles and goodness combined. If you want a book that will leave you with a good contented feeling then this book will fullfill your wishes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally came to Mitford by the Moosepath! Nov. 12 2003
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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?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to a town full of unforgettable characters.
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 more
Published 10 months ago by Rachel Nysted
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
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
Published on June 24 2012 by Jan2
3.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing...Not Overly Stimulating
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 more
Published on April 4 2004 by TJ's Mommy
2.0 out of 5 stars One visit is more than enough
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 more
Published on March 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gentle Read
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 more
Published on March 16 2004 by Joan Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars What a pleasure!
What a pleasure this and all of Karon's books are! Pure delight with their Mayberryesque type settings. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly art
The popularity of the Mitford series only shows how far our taste and expectations have fallen.
If bestsellers like the Left Behind series are the benchmark, yeah, I guess... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by Mern
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle and charming
This is a simple, charming book which I thought at first was going to be too goody-goody for words but which I found to be nothing of the kind. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2003 by Beverley Strong
4.0 out of 5 stars At Home In Mitford
Loved the characters!
Published on Sept. 10 2003
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