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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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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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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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I'm so glad someone decided to put the first three books of Jan Karon's "gentle fiction" Mitford Series in one neat, tidy, wonderful package. I will be ordering this for Christmas gifts.
The Mitford Series is filled with interesting souls, each one an integral part of Mitford's crazy quilt of characters. Father Tim is the perfect choice for a modern hero. Tom Cruise, he's not, but he has so much warmth, humor and humaness, that the gentle reader can forgive him for not being young, sleek and in gym-perfect shape. I also loved Fr. Tim's highly opinionated secretary and his newly found lady love.
I strongly recommend reading The Mitford Series in the order they were published. By reading the books as they were written, the gentle reader comes to know each highly crafted character deeply.
I am waiting for the sequel to Out To Canaan. I know Karon will not disappoint me.
Kudos to the marketing person who put this series together! I'm sure you'll rate a promotion after the holiday season
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Not to long ago, I finished reading all of the Joshua series by Fr. Grizone and thought to myself, "there's got to be more good Christian reading". A friend mentioned the Mitford series. Well, needless to say, I stayed up many a night til midnight reading the wonderful adventures of Mitford! I have told many a friend about this series. I bought a copy of the first book for my twin sister for our birthday the other day... Jan, you are a breath of fresh air in this polluted world we live in. Thanks for giving us hope that towns can take care of its own people, hmmm maybe even a whole country? Let's hope so! God Bless you for giving us the gift of Mitford. Also thank you from all the ministers in this world who can laugh with Fr. Tim. He and Cynthia are great gems. I too am single and looking for the right "Cynthia". Everyone else, if you haven't read the Mitford... Why not? Run don't walk to your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please don't stop this woderful series! May 30 1999
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 Reading Mitford was like going back home. Feb. 6 1998
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I was thoroughly captivated by the book "At Home in Mitford", and I am in the middle of the second book. Being from the Carolinas, I love the language and ideas expressed by the characters in this book. I can visualize the town exactly through the author's vivid description of the setting and enjoy all the details of her phantasmagoric style. At the end of the day I run for the book and settle in for my little trip up the mountain to Mitford. It is like taking a vacation at the end of each day! The characters are so human and the situations are so realistic. The reader can't help but recognize themselves and others in the characters within the pages of this book. They are refreshing, uplifting and energizing to the reader. Bravo and kudos to Jan Karon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warm, engrossing stories of everyday life in a small town
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 15 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful place to visit!!!
The style of writing in this book transports you there!! I feel like I know these people after reading this series! Read more
Published on Sept. 5 1999
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. Read more
Published on March 21 1999 by rprice@gte.net
5.0 out of 5 stars As a native "Tarheel" of North Carolina...
...I am glad that my beautiful state is represented in the fictional town of Mitford (real life equivalent is Blowing Rock, NC). Read more
Published on Dec 30 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars heard about Jan Karon in Victoria
I am an avid reader of the Victoria magazine and one month I read an article on its new writer in residence, Jan Karon. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Calming, Absorbing, Humorous, Wonderful Escape!
What a great series! And to think that I put off reading the first book because I am so easily bored and I thought a "sweet" story would be just "too, too... Read more
Published on Oct. 24 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars A Breath of Fresh Air
I have been listening to the Mitford Series on tape on my daily walks, and I actually look forward to going to the track each day! Read more
Published on Oct. 17 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Mitford" series is wonderful reading!!
Jan Karon has done an incredible job of depicting the life of a fictional small town preacher. While the setting is in the south, Mitford could be small town anywhere, U.S.A. Read more
Published on Sept. 13 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable
The Mitford books are an easy read. Very enjoyable because there is no violence or lude language, just a very funny, quircky and sincere group of characters leading everyday life... Read more
Published on July 13 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars All three bear reading more than once!
When my sister sent me a set of three books to read, I laughed. WHEN would I get to read THESE three and do I put them ahead of the other 5 waiting to be read? Read more
Published on June 16 1998
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