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A New Song by Jan Karon

A New Song (1999)

by Jan Karon

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Series: Mitford Years (5)

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I have to say, I enjoyed this installment more than the previous installments. I know some readers may not like the idea that Karon has moved on from the familiar setting of Mitford to the unfamiliar setting of Whitecap. For me, this is a logical progression in the story arc with new characters and new situations for Father Tim and his wife Cynthia to encounter, including: an eccentric musically inclined neighbor; a lovelorn bachelor seeking a wife through personal ads; a church organist with a mysterious past; stormy weather; and the isolation one can experience while living on an island. The Whitecap characters are just as unique and lovable as the unforgettable Mitford characters. Even with the change in locale, Karon does not abandon the wonderful folks in Mitford. I found it heartening to be able to continue following Dooley’s development from a shy lad into a teen, eager to own his first car, gain some independence and learn some valuable life lessons.

Overall, one of the better installments in Karon’s Mitford series, IMO, although I do have one pet peeve to share: I do wish Karon had referred to a thesaurus more frequently. I lost count how many times she used the word "trot", in all its variations, to describe Father Tim's actions. It got to the point where I would cringe every time the word surfaced. The poor man (Father Tim) should be exhausted by all the "trotting" he was doing in this story! ( )
  lkernagh | May 26, 2017 |
  MrsDoglvrs | Apr 24, 2016 |
Sixth in the Mitford series by Jan Karon. Father Tim Kavanagh has finally retired from being a full-time priest, and takes an interim assignment on the island of Whitecap. He and Cynthia, along with their dog Barnabas and cat Violet, spend a great deal of time preparing to move, have a rather traumatic journey and arrival, and then gradually settle in to a new parish. As ever, there are petty squabbles within the congregation as well as some more serious problems, and during the year they have to deal with extreme weather conditions they have not previously experienced.

Inevitably there are lots of new characters as well as familiar ones from Mitford, but they're introduced gradually and are mostly memorable and interesting. Cynthia's heart is captured by three-year-old Jonathan, whose mother is in hospital; Tim employs an excellent new organist, and slowly gets to know his grumpy neighbour Morris, who has an unusual affliction.

It was good to have a foray outside Mitford while reading this series straight through, although the first time I read it I can remember not liking it as much as the previous novels in the series. Not really recommended to anyone who hasn't read the previous books in the series, starting with 'At Home in Mitford' but anyone who's enjoyed the rest of the series should certainly read this one. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
A New Song follows Fr. Tim and Cynthia to the Outer Banks, as Fr. Tim serves as interim priest at a small island parish. Though the island community is small, there's plenty going on: Fr. Tim and Cynthia take in a three-year-old whose mother is in the hospital and whose father has deserted the family and caused a rift in the church as well, since he was the choir director and he ran away with the organist. In addition to this drama, there are minor squabbles, auditions for a new organist, and a mysterious and reclusive neighbor who piques Fr. Tim's interest. But even though they have immersed themselves in life on Whitecap, Fr. Tim and Cynthia find themselves missing Mitford, especially when they get several bits of bad news from back home. Can they stay the course in the new life to which they have committed?

As with earlier books in the series, this story offers up plenty of small-town charm, this time with an island twist. It always makes me want to go to the beach, even though the beach is not something I hanker after normally! ( )
  foggidawn | Jul 21, 2014 |
Cynthia and Fr. Tim go to Whitecap Island to minister to a congregation while they look for a permanent rector. ( )
  jlapac | Aug 14, 2013 |
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Father Tim and Cynthia go to a parish in southern NC and experience new adventures and meet new friends. More fun!
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As if being a priest in this day and age isn't difficult enough, try shepherding two parishes, located hundreds of miles apart, at the same time. A predicament of biblical proportions indeed, but one the indomitable Father Tim Kavanaugh and his cheerful wife, Cynthia, can handle, with a little help from the Lord--not to mention their friends--in Jan Karon's A New Song, the fifth installment in her much-loved Mitford series. When asked to act as interim minister for a tiny island parish in North Carolina's Outer Banks, the recently retired Father heeds the call, all the while trusting in a divine master plan: "He had prayed that God would send him wherever He pleased, and when his bishop presented the idea of Whitecap, he knew it wasn't his bishop's bright idea at all, but God's."

From the more routine duties of settling into a new church to dealing with a number of deeper domestic issues--including a single mother's spiral into depression and a reclusive next door neighbor in need of kindness--Father Tim's new parish presents a welcome challenge. All the while, of course, the folks back home keep him informed of goings-on in Mitford--the biggest being the recent arrest of Dooley Barlowe, a mountain boy whom Father Tim had taken into his home and heart five years earlier. As in past Mitford episodes, things have a way of working themselves out, but not before Father Tim and his accompanying cast learn a few more valuable lessons about life. Full of the homey atmosphere and heartwarming truths--not to mention the endearingly quirky characters--that are Karon's trademark, A New Song is a delightful celebration of the communal ties that bind. --Stefanie Hargreaves

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A retired Episcopal rector accepts an interim post on an island off the coast of North Carolina, where new challenges and adventures await him and his wife.

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