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The Mitford Years, Books 1-3: At Home in Mitford / A Light in the Window / These High, Green Hills [Paperback]

Jan Karon
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The Mitford books are the most wonderful heart-felt adventures in small town living. The characters are real, their real-life problems and victories speak to all of us, and the feel of goodness and Christian faith stay with you long after the books are finished. Unforgettable! I wish Father Tim were the rector in our parish...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful place to visit!!! Sept. 6 1999
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The style of writing in this book transports you there!! I feel like I know these people after reading this series! Maybe because there is a little bit of all of these characters in each of us or we at least know someone like them!!! I look forward to all the Mitford books. Wholesome, fun, and easy to read!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please don't stop this woderful series! May 30 1999
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I didn't think it was possible however, the second installment of the Mitford Series was just as warm, wonderful and cozy as the first! At last, it is such a pleasure to read a series of books dedicated to mature love with decency and something left to one's imagaination. I cannot thank Ms. Karon enough for bravely showing the timeliness and gentleness of what the gift of patience brings to those whose choose to wait on God and to wait for the other person to learn about themselves so that they may into share that knowledge in learning to love someone to include them in their life in marriage!
The literary world has been in need of such a refreshing style and gentleness of touch. That you again, Ms. Karon for giving us back love, respect and commitment.
God's blessings on this and all your future endeavors!
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5.0 out of 5 stars COULDN'T WAIT TO FINISH THE SERIES March 22 1999
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The Mitford years was my first experience with audio books. I have listened to several since and I can honestly say, it is by far the best ever. I rate it a big 10. I have shared it with several friends and they also agree The Mitford series is the best. I'm anxious to find out if the author has a sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As a native "Tarheel" of North Carolina... Dec 30 1998
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...I am glad that my beautiful state is represented in the fictional town of Mitford (real life equivalent is Blowing Rock, NC). Until Jan Karon created Mitford, the only other fictional town I would love to reside in was another North Carolina gem - Mayberry!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally absorbing -- and uplifting! Nov. 21 1998
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What can I say about the four books in the Mitford series by Jan Karon? They are the greatest fiction I have read in ages. I read one, then another, then the third and fourth, and then went back and read all four a second time. Now for a busy person like me -- that really says something. I was totally absorbed, enthralled, uplifted, taken away gently to a gentler place and time where my most cherished values were brought to life in real people. Mitford was on my reading table for about a year! I hesitate to call this "Christian fiction" because it is not "religious" or "preachy" -- yet it illustrated great Judao-Christian values in slices of real life among a bevy of character any of whom could be a book in him/herself. Just imagine a schitzophrenic lady who directs traffic at the town square in her father's Civil War uniform... who has a husband who loves her with a warm humor and humility -- that's characterization at its best in American literature! Imagine a 60-year-old Episcopalean priest who has never married -- who falls in love! These books have characters, drama, pathos, humor, romance, everything! Buy and read 'em all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars heard about Jan Karon in Victoria Nov. 20 1998
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I am an avid reader of the Victoria magazine and one month I read an article on its new writer in residence, Jan Karon. Intrigued, I decided to check out one or two of her books from the library. After I read the books I was stunned that I hadn't come across them before that time. I read all of her Mitford books except the first one, which I intend to read as soon as possible.
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I discovered "The Mitford Years" when the series was given to my mother, who has cancer. As she was too sick to read, I picked up the first book, "At Home In Mitford" looking for a small escape. I was immediately hooked, and finished the four books in under three weeks. I couldn't put them down.
Karon has created a place where it feels safe to be. It's a small town where the residents are characters complete with warts and conflicts, but they all seem to hang in there and work to make their world a better place. Karon's sense of humor shines through as she portrays people we recognize as ourselves, our neighbors, our friends and our enemies. Their predicaments remind me of the adventures of the folks at Garrison Keillor's Lake Woebegone.
I enjoyed her books immensely, and wish there were a dozen more. I've bought the first book for my mother-in law, who is 73, my daughter, who is 15, my husband and his two sisters. Thanks to Jan Karon for a great gift: Mitford.
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