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In This Mountain by Jan Karon
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I've been enjoying the Mitford series, however this book had some inconsistencies to it. Karon introduced some dark circumstances in this story that, at least in my view, didn't fit in well with the characters. Enjoyable read nonetheless. ( )
  homeschoolmimzi | Nov 28, 2016 |
  MrsDoglvrs | Apr 24, 2016 |
This is the seventh novel in Jan Karon's 'Mitford' series about the Episcopal priest, Father Tim. Set in a small village in a mountain in the south of the USA, it's a delightful series with cleverly drawn characters, light humour, and some moving moments too.

This book takes place more than a year after the previous one. Tim is now well-established as a retired priest, and his wife Cynthia continues to write successful children's books although she keeps intending to stop. They have been trying to find a productive use of their time, and have agreed to join a small mission organisation in the outback. They are both trying to be enthusiastic about it and believing it's probably right, but messages from the organiser are not encouraging.

Then a disaster happens, because Father Tim is not paying attention to his health. The rest of the book covers his reactions to this, including some quite bad depression which he tries to fight. It's perhaps more serious than some of the earlier books; certainly the Christian message is put more clearly than ever, along with some useful reminders of eternal truths.

Very enjoyable as part of the series, but it wouldn't make much sense as a stand-alone novel. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Further tales of Father Tim Kavanaugh, his wife, Cynthia, his adopted son, Dooley, and the rest of the citizens of Mitford. This is book 7 of the 9-book Mitford series, and I do advise that they be read in order.

This audio book was narrated by John McDonough. His voice is perfect for the male characters, but a tad too deep and gravelly for the females. Still, it’s a good audio book. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jan 24, 2016 |
This book finds Fr. Tim and Cynthia back home, having finished their term on Whitecap. For their next adventure, they plan to serve at a mission deep in Appalachia, but Fr. Tim's health throws up a roadblock when neglect of his diabetes results in some serious issues. During a long convalescence, he also has to deal with depression, which his father struggled with as well.

This book is a bit heavier than others in the series. There's plenty of character growth, and certainly some bright spots, but because of the somber tone it has never been my favorite part of the series. However, a least-favorite book in a favorite series is still better than a lot of books I could be reading! ( )
  foggidawn | Jul 21, 2014 |
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Mitford Series - Fiction Book 7 CIty and homoetown life - Fiction Father Tim and Cynthia are again living in Mitford.
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Father Tim Kavanagh and his wife, Cynthia, return from Whitecap Island to "the little town with the big heart" in Jan Karon's seventh novel in the bestselling Mitford series, In This Mountain. Retirement holds challenges Father Tim hasn't anticipated, and even as Cynthia's career as a children's book author and illustrator brings her new accolades, he finds himself dogged by health troubles and dissatisfaction with the way his life is turning out. However, the beloved villagers of Mitford are on hand to offer support and humor through every crisis, and a few new characters are introduced to keep interest in the series fresh. Throughout the tale, Karon folds in themes of grace and forgiveness, and offers hope for even the most difficult situations. Fans will be delighted to find that this installment of the series is full of the engaging descriptions and charming depiction of life in Mitford that first won Karon the loyalty of legions of readers. --Cindy Crosby

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Father Tim and Cynthia have been at home in Mitford for three years since returning from Whitecap Island.

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