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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Discover an attitude that could change your life 16. Oktober 1998
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Illegitimacy, alcoholism, insanity, death, emotional abuse, organ transplants, loneliness, poverty and homelessness--they happen Here in Mitford, so why are Ms. Karon's books so popular as an escape from the miseries of "real" life? I think the answer is this: readers saturated with the dark side, the problem and victim attitude to contemporary life, don't recognize that it's within their power to cast a different light on all that happens. This is what makes Mitford seem like a heavenly retreat from reality--a shift to the view that a loving human community and the presence of God in everyday life can make even the ugliest of life's realities into sources of blessing. It's not that Billy doesn't suffer from the misery of living for 40-odd years with a mentally-ill wife, it's that he and the whole community around him and Rose see her as human, not as a socio-psychological problem. Her oddities are not so much in need of treatment, as of love. It's not that Miss Sadie hasn't been subjected to cruel and unnecessary deprivations of human affection, it's that she goes on loving and giving generously. It isn't that Dooley hasn't been dumped by his alcoholic mother, it's that a loving community can provide homes for its children. In fact, the only "unreal" thing I found in this novel was Dooley's very mild expletives. Find me an eleven-year-old boy today whose worst cuss word is "poop", and I'll give you a dollar! Karon wrote the novel as newspaper episodes, and so it is packed with incident. This loading on of good stories one after another in such a small space of time may test the beliefs of some readers, but having grown up in a small town myself, I know that this isn't fiction, it's observation. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good for you, Jan Karon 10. Oktober 1997
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I'm impressed with karon's first effort and can't wait to read her subsequent books. I became totally absorbed in the Mitford community and had that sinking feeling when the novel ended; I felt like I'd lost some new friends. Thus, I'm happy to see that the saga continues in subsequent books. As an editor, I was generally pleased with the editorial work on "At Home in Mitford," though perhaps the author and editors miscalculated the reader's interest in a few places, such as regarding Miss Sadie's story (in my opinion, it went on far too long--I would have given a few vigorous red slashes to the manuscript...! But forgive me, editors can't help critiquing). Another thing: Perhaps the copy editing could have been a little less slavishly devoted to the comma styles mandated by the Manual of Style! Sometimes the comma style interrupted the readability. (As an aside, note that that copy-editing error seriously flawed the sequel to Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Doves," which won the Pulitzer Prize. I think the sequel would have been much better if an overzealous copy editor had been told to keep his or her paws off what sounds natural! Don't worry too much about it, though, Jan; just ask the copy editor to relax a little, and trust your instincts!) But, overall, I could tell that care had been taken with the editing and proofreading--aspects of creating books that are sadly underestimated in publishing today. In short, thanks for the wonderful read, Jan. It is an engaging snapshot of a small town--and a religiously oriented world, one that seems heartfelt rather than dogmatic (to cynics like me). Congratulations!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I want to live in Mitford! 31. Mai 2000
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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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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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