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  MrsDoglvrs | Apr 24, 2016 |
This was the third of Jan Karon's Mitford books to be written, but the fourth chronologically. It begins shortly after Father Timothy and Cynthia have been married, and focuses on their first year of marriage. As with the other books there's plenty of interaction with friends and parishioners, but there's also an increased development of Father Tim's character and more glimpses of his past.

There are also forays into the 'Creek' community of forgotten, impoverished families, and a surprise for Dooley, the boy Tim has been looking after. A little light humour as the parish office struggles to learn to use a new computer, and sadness too as much-loved characters grow older.

I like all the books in the series, but this is one of my favourites: it focuses on forgiveness, acceptance of the past, and hope. Father Tim faces some of his fears and insecurities in a surprising way when temporarily lost in a cave, and finds himself able to look forward to the future.

This could probably be read as a stand-alone, but it's much easier having read the earlier books. There's quite a cast of characters, and knowing a little of their history makes it less overwhelming. Reading it directly after the previous books makes it more enjoyable even than having read them a year or so apart, as I did the first time. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
This Mitford series is great. Father Tim and his cast of the town's folks have me laughing out loud. I can picture them in my mind as I read along. If you haven't been to Mitford, I suggest you grab a Mitford series book a go there, immediately. It will be good for your soul. ( )
  love2cook | Nov 4, 2015 |
This book follows Fr. Tim and Cynthia in their newlywed days. This book is very similar to its predecessors, full of cozy small-town hijinks. Recommended for readers who enjoyed the earlier books in the series. ( )
  foggidawn | Jul 18, 2014 |
Again, if you liked the first books, this will be just as pleasurable - like a weekend in the country with good friends and nit having to do anything but be mellow. ( )
  NellieMc | Jul 8, 2014 |
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City and home town life - Fiction 3rd book in Mitford series Once again in Mitford, a southern village of local characters so heartwarming and hilarious.
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The village of Mitford is soothing tonic for a readership that feels starved for community and yearns for clear morals. The recently married Father Tim and his plain-folk neighbors live the best of Christianity in everyday life. Even the rampant gossip in Mitford is the good kind: folks worrying about other folks and everyone minding one another's business out of concern rather than malice. As a result, no one faces a crisis alone. Often the crises are cause for a belly laugh, such as the rectory's new computer system that seems programmed to torment. But just as often the crises have the bite of real-life problems, such as the bloody young girl in shredded clothes, whom Father Tim finds after she was beaten by her drunken father, and the soul-wrenching despair Father Tim feels when he loses a surrogate mother. The heavily quoted scripture gives a day-to-day context for biblical teachings as well as spiritual solace during the sadder days at Mitford. --Gail Hudson

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Life in a small Southeastern mountain town, centered on its colorful Episcopal minister. He is Timothy Kavanagh, 63, a lifetime bachelor who finally takes the plunge and gets married to his vivacious neighbor, Cynthia. By the author of A Light in the Window.… (more)

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