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These High, Green Hills-3 by Jan Karon

These High, Green Hills-3 (original 1996; edition 1997)

by Jan Karon (Author)

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Title:These High, Green Hills-3
Authors:Jan Karon (Author)
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (1997), Paperback
Collections:Your library, Fiction
Tags:g:faithful, series, @lv6, marriage, grief, abuse, healing

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These High, Green Hills by Jan Karon (1996)


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It took me a bit of time to re-acquaint myself with the town folk of Mitford as three years have past since my last visit to Mitford via A Light in the Window, Book 2 in Karon’s The Mitford Years series. Even with that time gap, my memory was able to place most of the characters easily, Karon’s characters are that memorable! While some of the circumstances come across as a bit contrived – I am thinking about the cave scene and Father Tim’s on-going ability to control his dog Barnabas by quoting scripture to the dog – the story does an wonderful job capturing the overall quaintness of small town life. Definitely a slow-paced story, which works well when dealing with routine activities of town and parish life but seems a bit out of step in the sections where Father Tim has to face urgent social services issues or a medical crisis and the story maintains that same sedate pace.

Overall, another quaint home style read I found to be a soothing balm as it hearkens back to a less complicated way of life. A life with no social media, flashy gadgets and where computers were big black boxes of mystery that were used, grudgingly, for only basic office functions like managing parish accounts and creating mailing labels. ( )
  lkernagh | Mar 19, 2017 |
  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 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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