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Jan Karons Mitford Years: Novels Six Through Nine; Plus a Father Tim Novel (A Mitford Novel) Kindle Edition

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Visit America’s favorite small town one book at a time. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Jan Karon, this is the new ecollection of novels six through nine in the beloved Mitford Years series, plus Home to Holly Springs, the first novel in the Father Tim series. Readers have come to feel at home in Mitford, the little town with the big heart. As this charming mountain village works its magic, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll quickly make friends who feel like family—for the residents of Mitford are the most ordinary people who live the most extraordinary lives. And in Home to Holly Springs, you will travel back with Father Tim to his childhood Mississippi home, where he discovers the awesome power of love and forgiveness.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8294 KB
  • Print Length: 1427 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (July 26 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CD2YC2
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HASH(0xa1e39f30) out of 5 stars If you liked the first, five Mitford stories, you'll still enjoy being part of the life and times of Father Tim. March 3 2014
By Susan - Published on
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At first, I wondered if the Mitford series would be too "lightweight" and too "sweet" for my reading tastes. Usually I read "heavier" tales. Eventually, I decided to try a couple early Mitford novels, at the recommendation of a friend who usually shares my "denser" reading choices. I never thought that an extended tale about a middle-aged, Episcopalian priest in small town America, would be so riveting, enjoyable and addictive. Books six through nine will not disappoint, especially if one has read the first five tales.

I was immediately caught up Ms. Karon's continued, well-crafted storyline and, especially, character development, which is the crux of all Mitford novels. The main character, Father Tim, is a truly good person who tries his best to overcome his fears and misgivings about himself and life, in order to lead his flock into better community and godly lives. His goodness is refreshingly real and his parishoners are a typical cross-section of any small town or neighborhood. Typically, the Mitfordites all sometimes drive each other crazy but fiercely do their best to make their town the most comfortable and friendly place to live.

In last four novels, favorite characters come and go, in the life and times of Mitford, as in any community. Ms. Karon has a very warm and humorous way to portray the movers and shakers of the town, some who live in the mainstream of life, as well some who live on the fringes of society. With time and patience, many of Mitford's factions are brought together and all benefit from the process of helping one another.

What I didn't particularly appreciate, in these later novels, were the increasing number of more lengthly religious quotes and more long-winded soapboxing about Christianity. The message of the godly life could have been precised without sacrificing the theme of the novels. But some other readers may enjoy such sermonizing, especially if one is more knowledgeable about the Bible than I am, so I tended to skip the really long religious texts and prayers. However the characters' philosophical messages were not lost on me and some I really took to heart.

If you need a break from more dense tales, or wish to explore a new literary genre, do try all the Mitford books. Jan Karon's writing makes you feel right at home and happy to see the more positive side of life. I really hated that I have now read all novels in this series, since I had to "leave" Mitford and its wonderful inhabitants. I had become really comfy there. However, I know that I will reread the whole series, some time distant, when I need a personal reaffirmation that positive humanity does exist in us all and it's there for us to share.

If you enjoy the Mitford series, you might also like the writing of the Scotsman, Alexander McCall Smith. His NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY series, as well as his SUNDAY PHILOSOPHY CLUB series, are equally well-written and fraught with philosophical insights and the positive goodness that, potentially, could guide our life journeys.
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HASH(0xa49896cc) out of 5 stars I want to visit Mitford Oct. 30 2013
By Sharon Michaelson - Published on
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I love the people, the town, their history & interactions. Of course, the fact that Father Tim is a human being with all the failings of man but by the Grace of God he is the star & someone to aspire to & admire. The Biblical references & parable-like stories within the story are what keep me coming back to Mitford. Thank you to Jan Karons for this trip to a place where I would love to live.
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HASH(0xa1e0596c) out of 5 stars LOVE Jan Karon's Father Tim novels!!! Mitford and all involved - can't get enough! When's the next novel coming?? April 29 2013
By Melodious4God - Published on
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Mitford and all involved - can't get enough! When's the next novel coming?? Karon's writing and her characters are genuine, beautiful, funny and wise. I have to remind myself frequently that her characters are fictitious, but I secretly know that they all really do exist. They're all around me!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1fe072c) out of 5 stars My favorite series of all time! Feb. 18 2013
By Rena Allen - Published on
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Jan Karon is a master at building characters with whom the reader can relate. This whole series was recommended to me by my brother, a Baptist minister. I have thoroughly enjoyed each of the books and have been blessed with the wisdom of Father Tim.
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HASH(0xa1fdbdf8) out of 5 stars I love them! Father Tim and all of the characters ... Nov. 1 2014
By Linda B. - Published on
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Can't believe that I am just now discovering Jan Karons books. I love them ! Father Tim and all of the characters might have lived in my home town instead of "Mitford". Bring on more!!