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Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon
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Shepherds Abiding is set right after In This Mountain, during the Advent season. Fr. Tim is determined to find a creative, surprising present for Cynthia, but the project he comes up with may prove to be a bit too ambitious during a busy Christmas season! As Christmas approaches, Hope Winchester takes on the management of the Happy Endings bookstore and a sweet romance blossoms, while on the other end of Main Street the Grill closes its doors after a long, successful run. This book is written in the spirit of the early books in the series and makes for a pleasant interlude between two longer and more serious volumes. ( )
  foggidawn | Jul 24, 2014 |
Looked and sounded so hokie that I couldn't bring myself to read it. ( )
  wagon333 | Mar 13, 2013 |
This is the perfect book to read at Christmas time. You get glimpses of favorite Mitford characters and Father Tim's special brand of everyday life touched with the grace of his faith. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Dec 31, 2012 |
Big changes are in store for Mitford as the end of the year approaches. Everyone knows that Percy and Velma Mosely plan to close the Grill and retire at the end of the year. No one knows that the owner of Mitford's bookstore plans to close the store at the end of the year, leaving store manager Hope with a big decision to make. As Christmas approaches, Father Tim launches into a secret project to restore an old nativity set. After a lifetime of working with words, Father Tim finds new joy in working with his hands. As he works, he reflects on his childhood Christmases.

Most long-running series eventually seem to include a Christmas story. Sometimes these can seem contrived. This one works. It's a gentle read that captures the spirit of Christmas in a small town, yet it also advances the story arc of the series. I think it would probably work as a stand-alone, but I think it will be appreciated more by readers who are already familiar with the characters and their personalities as they have developed throughout the series. ( )
  cbl_tn | Dec 31, 2011 |
Eighth in the Father Tim Kavanaugh of Mitford, NC series.

It’s Advent, and Father Tim has found what he thinks will be the perfect gift for his wife, Cynthia: an old Nativity set in need of refurbishing. Although he has no skills in this area, Father Tim takes on the task with his usual enthusiasm, aided by friends. Dooley and Lace are quite the young adults, and Tim and Cynthia have a hard time keeping out of the way of the stormy relationship.

All of Karon’s strengths are present: sensitive writing, a robust, attractive, Christian presentation, and characters that are engaging, both series regulars and newcomers.

A strong installment in the series. Highly recommended. ( )
  Joycepa | Jun 24, 2011 |
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To the honor and glory of the Child, Emmanuel. God With Us
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The rain began punctually at five o'clock, though few were awake to hear it.
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Christmas - Fiction Mitford series Father Time and Cynthia discover again what millions of readers know, there's no place like Mitford for the holidays.
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Millions of Americans have found Mitford to be a favorite home-away-from-home, and countless readers have long wondered what Christmas in Mitford would be like. The eighth Mitford novel provides a glimpse, offering a meditation on the best of all presents: the gift of one?s heart.

Since he was a boy, Father Tim has lived what he calls ?the life of the mind? and has never really learned to savor the work of his hands. When he finds a derelict nativity scene that has suffered the indignities of time and neglect, he imagines the excitement in the eyes of his wife, Cynthia, and decides to undertake the daunting task of restoring it. As Father Tim begins his journey, readers are given a seat at Mitford?s holiday table and treated to a magical tale about the true Christmas spirit.

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