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At Home in Mitford: A Novel (A Mitford Novel)

At Home in Mitford: A Novel (A Mitford Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Jan Karon
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Father Tim, a cherished small-town rector, is the steadfast soldier in this beloved slice of life story set in an American village where the grass is still green, the pickets are still white, and the air still smells sweet. The rector's forthright secretary, Emma Garret, worries about her employer, as she sees past his Christian cheerfulness into his aching loneliness. Slowly but surely, the empty places in Father Tim's heart do get filled. First with a gangly stray dog, later with a seemingly stray boy, and finally with the realization that he is stumbling into love with his independent and Christian-wise next-door neighbor. Much more than a gentle love story, this is a homespun tale about a town of endearing characters-- including a mysterious jewel thief--who are as quirky and popular as those of Mayberry, R.F.D. --Gail Hudson


The first novel in Jan Karon’s bestselling and beloved Mitford series--now available in a new 20th Anniversary Edition, including an introductory letter by the author

It's easy to feel at home in Mitford, North Carolina. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are friendly. Yet, Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won't go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that's sixty years old. Suddenly, Father Tim gets more than he bargained for. And readers get a rich comedy about ordinary people and their ordinary lives.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2356 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 444 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin Books (29. April 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0018MS1Y6
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Keep reading and give it a try. Let yourself relax and enjoy the town of Mitford. You'll enjoy like I did a sense of calm and accomplishment for the time you spend in Mitford with different people. I did have a slow time getting into this book but am very glad I gave it a chance and really enjoyed a simple story for a change to our busy life styles. Don't think I would give this book my highest rating or recommendation only because it is so slow and simple that it doesn't give you the desire to keep picking it up to read about characters with depth. If your looking for something different, give it a try.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I want to live in Mitford! 31. Mai 2000
Von Ein Kunde
These books start out a little slow--it took me a little while to get into the first one. I kept thinking, "What is it everyone loves so much about these books?" Then, after a couple of chapters, I realized I was hooked on these characters & kept reading straight through all the books. I loved Dooley & the dog.
The only thing that I thought was a little unrealistic about the book was the fact that those "mountain" people were just a little too "cultured." I live not far from "Blowing Rock" which is the town this book is supposedly based on, and a lot of my relatives live in that area. While the "accents" were accurate, I've never known a single mountain person in that area to attend an Episcopal Church--most of the people I know don't even attend church. An Episcopal church would be a little too quiet and ritualistic. Most of the mountain people I know prefer clapping, foot-stomping churches. I thought the "grill" where they all gathered to eat was also a little unrealistic. Most mountain people do not "eat out." It would have been more realistic to have them gather daily around a woodstove in some little country store. (I've sat around plenty of these stoves, with a bunch of men in overalls chewing their tobacco).
These books are great, though. I love the progressive relationship between Father Tim and Dooley, and the relationship between Cynthia & Father Tim is great! Who doesn't like a love story!
These are your typical "Rated G" books--nice, clean, & wholesome!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen What am I missing? 10. Mai 2000
Von Adelie
I've been plugging away at this book for two months, and I'm not done yet. I'm all for "life in a small town" narratives; small towns can provide the fodder for quirky and interesting plots and characterizations. Unfortunately that is not the case here.
My first, and continuing, impression of the characters is that they are all stereotyped caricatures. Everyone talks and behaves exactly as I expect them to after the first page. The charmingly quirky people are unfailingly charmingly quirky. The sweet and caring are unfailingly sweet and caring. The wry and amusing are unfailingly wry and amusing. Even the dog is always lovably funny. No one ever seems to step out of their predefined character, even by a toe. So they are all predictable.
I find the writing style intrusive. I kept getting the sense that the author was TELLING rather than SHOWING. The language is often stilted and mannered, and she manages to make sure we never forget that she's telling the story; she isn't invisible, one of the hallmarks of great writing. I had a mental image of her pausing over her keyboard and trying to come up with the next sentence that would reassure us that she's still there. Even her wit seems stilted and self-conscious.
I have no problem with books that are essentially plotless, as long as there is character develoment or movement of some kind. In this book, not only does nothing much happen, but no one grows or changes. There is no crescendo-decrescendo; the line is straight and unwavering, page after page. So except for some mildly amusing situations, there's no particular reason to read it. You don't learn anything, there are no thought-provoking ideas, you don't come away changed in any way. Except a little older.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen I'm glad I didn't buy the whole series. 16. August 1999
Von Ein Kunde
When I got to page 215, I called a friend for encouragement. "When is something going to happen in this book?," I asked. She talked me into finishing the book, but let's just say I was glad when it was over. I have a variety of complaints. I was disappointed that Jan Karon didn't delve more into the spiritual and religious life of the main character, Father Tim. I think she was afraid she might offend "mainstream America," by going deeper into the underlying religious theme of this book. Big mistake in my opinion. Her fear denied me the substance I was desparately seeking. I would have liked to have heard more about Fr. Tim's sermons and the spiritual direction he offered his parishioners. And how unlikely it was that Father Tim never attended any vestry meetings. Hmm. I also got bogged down in the endless detail and slang. I didn't like Cynthia much, and I never warmed toward her. She just didn't feel "real" to me. I could also tell that this story was originally a newspaper column because it was incredibly choppy. There were no real "chapters," per se, only blocks of dialogue. This was very disconcerting to me. Lastly, did we really need to hear about the corn in Dooley's dumps? Good grief. This having been said, there is only one good thing I can say about the book, and this is the only reason I made it through all 446 pages. It's simple - I liked Father Tim's character. He was intelligent and kind, and seemed grounded at all times. I liked him very much personally. I especially liked the way he grew throughout the novel; he was a changed man at the end. It appears, however, that I am the minority. Out of the 7 people in my book group who read this book, only two of us didn't like it. C'est la vive. Signed, a reader in South Lake Tahoe, California.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Heile Welt für zwischendurch
Auf der Suche nach englischer Lektüre entdeckte ich durch Zufall diesen ersten Band der Mitford Serie und war sofort bezaubert und hingerissen. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 17. Juli 2007 von Isu
3.0 von 5 Sternen Simplistic, predictable, but a good tranquilizer
The characters are not well-developed, the plot was totally predictable, and one does not get any feeling of deep feelings from the people in the book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 18. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Town Like My Own
Refreshing, delightful and providing a chuckle every now and then. Just like my little town I moved to one year ago. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. Juli 2000 von Marsha Farrington
5.0 von 5 Sternen If I could give it 10 stars I would!
What a wonderful, easy and very amusing read. I loved it from cover to cover and couldn't put it down. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 3. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen A GREAT READ
I love this entire series. I have high expectations when I read Christian books and many are disappointing and fall short of how God wants us to lead our lives, but this Mitford... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. Juni 2000 von M. Fosmire
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Welcome "Home"
"At Home in Mitford", the first in the Mitford series, is a novel that will sincerely touch your soul, as you follow the life of Father Tim, as he learns that life,... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. Juni 2000 von K. Forrest
5.0 von 5 Sternen Delightful and inspiring
This book and it's wonderful characters become real people to you as you read. And in the process they all remind us that the little pleasures are so wonderful. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 15. Juni 2000 von di@home
5.0 von 5 Sternen I'm Moving to Mitford!
The Mitford series, starting with the delightful "At Home in Mitford" is a breath of fresh air in a stale world. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 9. Juni 2000 von J. Reid
5.0 von 5 Sternen Visit Mitford -- you won't be disappointed!
If you cry during reruns of Little House on the Prairie, you'll love this and the other four titles in the "beloved Mitford series. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. Mai 2000 von MFS
5.0 von 5 Sternen Barnabas and Tim
I really loved this book and all the other books in this series. What I would like to know is if Jan Karon plans to write anymore to the series? Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. Mai 2000 von Karen Garner
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