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!