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All the details cherished by those who are enchanted by weddings are offered here, from the color of the bridal outfit (aquamarine) to the choice of flowers (virgin's bower and hydrangeas). When the wedding bells finally ring, the pews are packed with the people who make Mitford special: ornery Uncle Billy, delightful Miss Sadie, indispensable Louella, and the cantankerous Emma Newland. And there's not a dry eye in the house when Father Tim's problematic foster child Dooley Barlowe sings for the two people who love him the most.
A Common Life is not just a wedding story. It's also an intimate portrait of the unfolding love between Cynthia and the shy Father Tim, complete with fears and hesitations, professions of commitment, and Barnabas the dog delivering love letters. But there's nothing heavy-handed here. The tensions don't run any higher than wondering if Cynthia will make it to the wedding on time after getting locked inside her own bathroom, or guessing if Esther will make her famous three-layer orange marmalade cake for the reception. Told in the warm, down-home style that Karon has built her reputation on, A Common Life is sweet without being saccharine, charming without being cloying. It's an invitation to a literary reunion of the best kind, and like all weddings, it will probably coax a few tears and plenty of smiles. --Cindy Crosby --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
love this series although I did find A common Life a little slow but easily enjoyable. I recommend this series to anyone looking for easy, relaxed and 'feel good' reading.Published 14 months ago by Kaye Tompsett
Another great read! A little shorter than regular Mitford books. Interesting how she would hold off on the wedding chapters for a later book. I just can't get enough of Mitford!Published on Dec 5 2003 by Tonya Speelman
This book appears to have been written simply to hold the readers until the next book in the series (hopefully with some substance) is released. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2002 by Elizabeth C. Hicks
Huge disappointment. Don't buy, borrow from the library if you must.Published on Oct. 27 2002 by plum9195
Compared to all the other Mitford books, this one is like a bad movie of the week, or an old rerun of Love Boat. Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2002 by Anna M. Allred
This book is a lovely edition to the Mitford Saga. Those who didn't seem to like it appeared to have expected more from the book than it was meant to do. Read morePublished on July 17 2002 by D. Cusick
I listened to the audio version during a lonely 7-hour drive. I selected this particular tape because I had read the first book in the series and wanted something light and... Read morePublished on July 15 2002 by R. Tiedemann
I agree with most other reviewers. A Common Life is not one of Jan Karon's better wrks. Still, it is sweet and upllifting with a wholesome message, much like Shade of the Maple by... Read morePublished on July 9 2002