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Mitford Years: A Light in the Window [Paperback]

Jan Karon
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Sept. 22 1997 The Mitford Years (Book 2)

His attractive neighbor is tugging at his heartstrings. A wealthy widow is pursuing him with hot casseroles. And his red-haired Cousin Meg has moved into the rectory, uninvited. As you can see, Mitford's rector and lifelong bachelor, Father Tim, is in need of divine intervention. In this beautifully crafted second novel in the Mitford series, Jan Karon delivers a love story that's both heartwarming and hilarious. Only time will tell if the village parson can practice what he preaches. Like At Home in Mitford, the first novel in the series, this book is filled with the miracles and mysteries of everyday life. And the affirmation of what some of us already know: Life in a small town is rarely quiet. And absolutely never boring.


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A Light in the Window is the second installment in this enormously popular series about a small-town rector, Father Tim, and the heartwarming cast of characters surrounding him. This time Father Tim, a lifelong bachelor, finds his heart distracted by his free-spirited neighbor Cynthia, but his stomach and the rectory cash box are distracted by Edith, a wealthy widow who is wooing the rector with love potion casseroles. At every turn, including when a brooding Irish cousin decides to move in, Father Tim must decide whether he will practice what he preaches.

Fans of the series say they long to buy real estate in Mitford, just so they can live next door to these funny and endearing characters and feel the embrace of such a loving community. But what author Jan Karon probably knows, and many readers are starting to figure out, is that the integrity and solid Christian values that these characters possess can be found in just about every neighborhood, and with inspiration like this book, anyone can build their own Mitford community. --Gail Hudson

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars visiting friends Aug. 23 2010
By joyful spirit TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
All of the Mitford books are a treat, and although I've read them all 3 or 4 times I fully expect to read them again, next time I feel a little nostalgic or homesick. The characters, such a wonderful variety, are very realistic and easily pictured, you feel you know them. Christian theme in a very obscure non-threatening, light way. My 12 year old daughter loves listening to them on tape, and I know several men who really enjoy them as well. A village for anyone who likes the amusement afforded by simple human nature in a cosy village setting. Where is this Mitford? I want to move there!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very special book April 21 2006
Format:Paperback
This is an intelligent, compassionate story that completely engaged me. I love the town of Mitford and the real people who live there. It's both uplifting and realistic -- sommething that's not seen very often. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FAMILIARITY BREEDS PLEASURE Nov. 11 2006
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
John McDonough is Father Tim. He has narrated all of the Mitford series books and is a treasure. As many know, quite often the scenes center on his fictional church or the choir. A veteran of the Glimmerglass Opera Company, he sings the hymns himself which is an extra treat for listeners. When one voice actor has read all of the titles in a series, that performer has created a strong connection to listeners. Thus, just as listening to another story of Mitford is enhanced by its familiarity so hearing John McDonough's narration stirs feelings of comfort and recognition.

McDonough describes his first reading of a book as being " like the first listening of a piece of music." "You have to be completely free," he said. . "As you read and think about the piece, you hear voices, and it starts to take on life."

How fortunate for all of us!

In this, the second installment of the popular series, Father Tim has just returned from a vacation - his first in over a dozen years. While he enjoyed the respite he is a bit anxious to come home and see his neighbor, Cynthia Coppersmith, a woman with whom he thought he had an understanding. He's perplexed by what he perceives as her coolness and a bit agitated when a widow in his congregation sets her sights on him.

The church has undertaken the building of a care center and an unexpected visitor arrives, evidently for an extended stay.

Life goes on in Mitford as listeners renew acquaintances with some of the townspeople and once again are charmed by the fictional community.

- Gail Cooke
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Light In The Window (The Mitford Years) May 29 2004
Format:Paperback
I must confess that I had seen the Mitford series of books in the stores and never even picked one up. So it wasn't until I received the first book in the series as a gift that I discovered what a treasure this series of books are! After reading the first one, I could hardly wait to read the second....third...etc, and I wasn't disappointed. If you're looking for the action and high drama of something like the Left Behind series or a John Grisham novel, this may not be to your taste. But it has a sweet, gentle and wonderful quality to it that makes you not only like the characters, but to love them as well. There *is* action and drama, but it has a gentleness and "next-door neighborly-ness" that makes it so easy to relate to. My only disappointment is that I have read all of the books in the series, and given them to others to enjoy so I can't go "visit" the characters in them again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars better than the first book April 30 2003
By C. Hill
Format:Paperback
I liked this one better than the first book, At Home in Mitford. The story lines in this book seemed more compelling, more interesting. Father Tim deals with the long absence (most of the book) of his neighbor, Cynthia, while she writes her new book in New York. He also deals with Edith Mallory, a recent widow with her sights set not only on the rector but on a well-known Mitford establishment too. Sadie Baxter tells more of her interesting life stories while she arranges for the long-closed ballroom in her house to be fixed up for the wedding of a relative she didn't know she had. And the man in charge of construction of the new Hope House seems to be quite a rough old sourpuss. The usual charming cast of characters is back and if you liked the first book, you'll like this one even better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mitford is Like Coming Home! Dec 12 2002
Format:Paperback
In this continuing book, (sequel), of At Home in Mitford, Father Tim's attractive neighbor Cyhthia Coppersmith is at his door, pursuing Father Tim with hot casseroles. Then, his cousin Meg has moved into the rectory for the long haul, disturbing his whole household! Dooley, the boy Father Tim has taken under his wing in the first story, is still living with Father Tim and causing problems in school. They can't seem to locate his mother, and his father is a terrible drunkard.
This book is truly as enjoyable as the first one was, and well worth the reading time!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Returning to small-town heaven Nov. 3 2002
Format:Paperback
Jan Karon's second tale of Mitford is not quite as good as her first. Her characters don't display as many of those little quirks in their personalities and as much of that homespun philosophy that made me fall in love with the town in her first book ("At Home in Mitford"). And frankly, this entry in the series shows definite signs of belonging on the same shelf as your basic Harlequin romance.
But there was enough of the original charm from the first book to allow me to recommend this one. The spiritual and emotional center of the town is still the local Episcopalian minister, Father Tim Kavanagh (whose last name we finally learn at the end of this book!). His relationship with his next-door neighbor, Cynthia Coppersmith, is still going down the same road as in the first book - although there are a lot of bumps and potholes along the way - and his bond with the boy Dooley is only getting stronger.
Aside from Father Tim's pursuit of Cynthia (and vice-versa), it would be impossible to describe all the little episodes that make up this book. But there are some that stand out. The town's latest widow, Edith Mallory, shows a definite mercenary streak - she's in shameless pursuit of Father Tim and also wants to close down the local diner and replace it with a dress shop that's willing to pay double the current rent. Miss Sadie, the town millionaire, is literally pouring her millions into repairing her home, just so she can give her newfound niece the wedding of her (and Miss Sadie's) dreams. And a redhead comes to Father Tim's door claiming to be his cousin Meg from Sligo, Ireland.
I do wish Ms. Karon had gone more deeply into the "Cousin Meg" sequence, but I can live with what she gave me.
Overall this is a worthy sequel to a fascinating tale of small-town life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great trip to Mitford
It had been over a year since I read the first Mitford book, so I figured it was time to take another visit. Read more
Published on June 20 2002 by Dianna Setterfield
3.0 out of 5 stars A Visit to a Charming Town. Strong Christian Themes
The Mitford Series is a collection of incredibly simple books about small town life. Told from the point of view of a preacher in a mythical town in the hills of North Carolina. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Visit to a Charming Town. Strong Christian Themes
The Mitford Series is a collection of incredibly simple books about small town life. Told from the point of view of a preacher in a mythical town in the hills of North Carolina. Read more
Published on May 4 2002 by a-
5.0 out of 5 stars A Feel Good Book with a Lesson
Sometimes trilogies are trying. The first book has to have an ending but not so much of one that the reader won't want to follow the characters they have learned to know on to the... Read more
Published on March 8 2002 by Carolyn Howard-Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
After reading the reviews, I was hoping for a really nice, light read. I found the two main characters in the story to be very self indulgent and whiny. Read more
Published on June 21 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars just as good as the first
A Light in the Window is the second book of the Mitford series. Sometimes sequels are never as good as the original, but in this case, the second book was just as delightful as the... Read more
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