Wonderful heartwarming book. It was so descriptive that it made me feel like I was actually in the small town of Mitford everytime I opened it, and I couldn't wait to read more each time I finally put it down at night. The characters are really personable. My favorite character is Dooley...love his interaction with all the townspeople. Took me a few chapters to really get into it, but I am so glad that I did...I highly, highly recommend this one!!!
LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! I have heard so many good things about the Mitford series and I ordered it not quite knowing what to expect. The characters are all so real and loveable :) I am now working my way through the rest of the series!
A few years ago my mom and I were reading in our living room, and she was reading this book. Then all of a sudden, she started laughing until her face turned red. I was very confused and kept asking her what was so funny and she finally read me an excerpt from "At Home in Mitford" about Barnabus. Then I laughed until MY face was red. From then on, I was hooked. What a great series!
This is the first novel in the Mitford series. I love these books. Father Tim, the bachelor rector contends with a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won't go away and an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge.
This is book 1 of the Mitford Years. I loved this entire series and I'm usually more of a mystery lover. Father Tim is still one of my favorite characters. It is fun and inspiring to get to know him and the townspeople.
A heartwarming little cozy about life in the charming village of Mitford. The stories revolve around the life of Father Tim, his parishioners, friends and neighbors. This is the perfect book to read and relax with before you go to sleep!
It's easy to feel at home in Mitford. Yet Father Tim, the bachelor rectorm wants something more. Add an attractive neighbor, lovable but unloved boy, jewel theft and a 60 year old secret, Suddenly He gets more than he bargained for.
There is some excellent writing in this book, at once lyrical and down-to-earth. The town and its people come alive on the pages, and made me wish that places like Mitford really did exist, the ultimate fantasy of a quiet, peaceful hometown. However, I didn't realize this was so decidedly Christian fiction. The religious overtones of practically every thought, conversation, and action are far too much for my tastes, and make most of the characters unbelievable or worse. So as much as I liked Father Tim, I don't think I'll be returning to Mitford.
Well, if you already know and like the Mitford books, you'll know about this one. If you have been living under a rock, the series concept is that of a small-town man of the cloth and his interactions with the other denizens of his small village. Never overtly religious, the author strives to be ecumenical and just to tell a sweet story about bucolic life. Imagine "Ballykissangel" crosssed with "The Gilmore Girls".
I started the Mitford series during a difficult time in my Christian walk. The lighthearted writing infused with subtle, simple Christian living was a perfect read to help me put life into perspective. Many "laugh out loud" moments. Yes, the setting is pretty utopic but we can all dream... Loved it - and the entire series.
I bought this when I was part of a book club. It's well-written, all the characters are quirky and lovable, and, like Alexander McCall's books, written with a gentle humor.
However, I did dislike the constant references to Bible passages only by number that were apparently a largish part of "understanding" parts of the book. I don't read the bible, I'm not Christian, and it irritated the heck out of me. Of course, at the time, I didn't realize that the Mitford series was considered "Christian" fiction.
I guess Precious Ramotswe (of the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency) is more my speed!
I have heard many great things about this series, but if you are starting out with this one and you are a young reader like myself, you may want to start with another book. This book is about Father Tim, who is older and the book seems geared to older (40+) readers. I made it through about 1/3 of the book before I decided that I would try a different one, with characters I can relate to.
This book and all that followed in the "Mitford Series" were just wonderful. The author developed the characters in a little town such that they became like friends. Towards the end of the series, I was ordering books not yet published!
This is a really "feel good book". It isn't real life, but oh what a wonderful feeling you get sitting down opening the pages and going to Mitford. Lots of readers like to visit mind perfect towns in pages, this is a perfect read to relax with. Like watching Leave It To Beaver or the Andy Griffith show, not real but makes you feel so good to visit. Loved this series.
At Home in Mitford, the first book in a wonderfully escapeful and uplifting series, is a gem of a book. Don't be swayed by the idea that it is all fluff and nonsense; it is certainly NOT that. Jan Karon has the gift of being able to deal with serious issues without weighing the reader down emotionally. This is a great series for reading in the evening when you're tired and just want to relax. It's written in a unique format that allows you to break away if interrupted, yet get right back into it as well. I own each book in the series and have read them several times. I couldn't recommend them more highly. Enjoy!!
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Set in a small town, the action moves at a lazy, small-town pace. However, the tensions the characters must resolve in the book strike a real-life chord and held my attention through a late-night reading session.
I appreciate that the author has written this book for grown-ups without feeling obligated to toss in inappropriate language or situations to "prove" how grown-up it is. Karon has also made faith an integral part of the story--not just for the Episcipalian priest who is the main character, but for all the characters in different ways. I look forward to reading more about Mitford.
One of the books in the Mitford / Father Tim series. I read all the books in the series and enjoyed every one of them. Light and easy reading with many heart warming stories 'within' a story about community, good stewardship, friendship, love and more. Not my usual genre but I enjoyed Jan Karon's writing immensely. All the books in the series made the rounds of my book loving friends, and we all agreed, we wish there was at least 'one' more to read.
"At Home in Mitford" is the first book in Jan Karon's series about the small mountain town of Mitford, N.C., and its Episcopal priest, Father Tim Kavanagh. Fr. Tim is 60-ish and his quiet bachelor life is about to be invaded by a new neighbor, a dog "the size of a Buick" and an 11-year-old boy, Dooley Barlowe -- not to mention a jewel thief living in the church attic. Once you read this, you'll want to read the rest of the series, too.
I have read each book in this series and feel at home in Mitford indeed! Father Tim and the various inhabitants are richly drawn. Uncle Billy is a hoot! You just have to read his jokes aloud to a friend. Father Tim is so human in his reactions to the problems he faces in his own life--not "stuffy".
I hesitated getting started with the Mitford Series of books, because alot of series of books were disappointments. However, I was hooked on the first one and remain hooked after reading this second one. I can't wait to find out what happens in the third!
This is one of the best series of books I've ever read. The characters are so totally life like and you want so much to move to this town and immerse yourself with these folks! I have read the entire series twice and each time receive great pleasure from my trip to Mitford! I cannot recommend this series highly enough!
I found this book uplifting and refreshing. It made me feel at home. It was a light and easy read, even though it touched on some deeper subjects. Father Tim is quite the procrastinator and in this book he had to push through that side of his personality to grow as a person and priest. Very enjoyable.
I really had a hard time getting into this book but did not give up. Toward the end it did get better. This is a large series and I plan to try another before giving up on it as I have heard great things about it.
The best word I can use to describe this book is "sweet." The second best would be "simple." Nothing profound happens, there's no murder or mayhem, adulterous sex or children switched at birth, but if you're just looking for a happy, simple read, this book will fit the bill. And sometimes it's nice to take a breather from the murder... mayhem.... Well, you get my drift.
Welcome to Mitford, a charming North Carolina town where you'll meet Father Tim, the village rector and lifelong bachelor, his maverick dog, and a mountain boy who will touch your heart. You'll even hear a love story that's been kept a secret for over sixty years.
It's easy to feel at home in Mitford, where you'll laugh, cry and come back for more.
This is the first book in the Mitford Years series.
I really enjoyed this series, but I had a hard time getting into the first book. It you hang in this one, you will be hooked. It just seems to take a bit to get into the characters. YOu will love the series.
When I first started reading this book, I was a little bit skeptical about whether I would like it or not, but it soon began to grow on me, as I became more familiar with the characters. Well before the end, I began to love it, and now I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
The first book of the wonderful Mitford series, Unabridged on 16 CD's.
The narrator on this is John McDonough. He is a good narrator, but it does seem odd they didn't choose someone with a southern accent to narrate this book. I much prefer the author's voice, used in the abridged version, as her accent seems to fit the story much better. If an author has a good voice, they can tell their story like no other. I guess she didn't have time to record the unabridged version at that stage in the series though with the second book to write. That said, the abridged version is very short and leaves so many wonderful parts out, that it is much better to listen to this version, even with the accent that doesn't seem to fit.
Recorded Books, LLC, puts out some of the best audiobooks made, and this one is no exception. Very enjoyable. I just had listened to the one read by the author first and was surprised when the unabridged was not read by her.
I picked this book up on summer vacation at the beach. It was the only book on the rack at the pool house that looked good. Well I am glad I picked it up!!! I loved the book and couldn't wait to read more. I am a avid reader and I am excited to read more of the series.
Nice copy. Father Tim moves to Mitford, North Carolina where folks are friendly and neighborly. Mitford is beautiful and scenic, green hills, and pure air. Father Tim, a bachelor wants some family. God heard his prayer. A dog the size of a sofa moves in and will not leave. He acquires an unloved mountain boy whom he tries to show love. He also has an attractive neighbor who keeps walking through the hedge, a jewel thief, and a secret that is 60 years old. The book is great. I hsve read and loved all the mitford books.
This is all about the small village life of Mitford and the rector who keeps an eye over the Episcopalian church there. A real good read and quite enticing. I am excited about reading the next in the series.
Enter the world of Mitford, and you won't want to leave. But Father Tim, the local rector, is suddenly not so sure. A dog the size of Buick follows him home and won't go away. A hostile boy is left in his care. His attractive new neighbor wears a path to his door, sitrring feelings he hasn't felt in years...
This is the first book in the Mitford series and they are all well writen and extremely funny.
I suppose this is a much-reviewed book wherever you go on the internet, but will chime in with my opinion. This book is like wrapping up in your favorite blanket and sitting by the fireplace with a cup of tea- comfortable and comforting, a lovely lazy read of small town life through the eyes of a mini-philosopher.
The first novel in the Mitford Series. It's easy to feel at home in Mitford. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable. Yet, Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of sofa who moves in and won't go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that's sixty years old. Suddenly, Father Time gets more than he bargained for. And readers get a rich, provincial comedy in which mysteries and miracles abound.
One of my favorite authors. The first novel in the beloved Mitford series. Father Tim, the bachelor rector, encounters a huge dog who moves in and won't go away, an attractive neighbor, a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that's 60 years old.
Father Tim, a cherished small-town rector, is the steadfast soldier in this beloved slice of life story set in an American village where the grass is still green, the pickets are still white, and the air still smells sweet. The rector's forthright secretary, Emma Garret, worries about her employer, as she sees past his Christian cheerfulness into his aching loneliness. Slowly but surely, the empty places in Father Tim's heart do get filled. First with a gangly stray dog, later with a seemingly stray boy, and finally with the realization that he is stumbling into love with his independent and Christian-wise next-door neighbor. Much more than a gentle love story, this is a homespun tale about a town of endearing characters-- including a mysterious jewel thief--who are as quirky and popular as those of Mayberry, R.F.D.
The first volume in the series. In a charming village lives a bachelor rector who longs for more excitement in his life. In comes in the form of a huge dog, a pretty single neighbor, an unloved boy, a jewel thief, and an old secrect. I enjoyed it.
The first in the series. A delightful, gentle, slice of life book in a small southern town that "takes care of it's own". Full of eccentric and delightful people, it centers around Father Tim the Episcopal priest.
Father Tim, a cherished small-town rector, is the steadfast soldier in this beloved slice of life story set in an American village where the grass is still green, the pickets are still white, and the air still smells sweet. The rector's forthright secretary, Emma Garret, worries about her employer, as she sees past his Christian cheerfulness into his aching loneliness. Slowly but surely, the empty places in Father Tim's heart do get filled. First with a gangly stray dog, later with a seemingly stray boy, and finally with the realization that he is stumbling into love with his independent and Christian-wise next-door neighbor. Much more than a gentle love story, this is a homespun tale about a town of endearing characters-- including a mysterious jewel thief--who are as quirky and popular as those of Mayberry, R.F.D. --Gail Hudson
I loved this book! Can't wait to read the next one in the series!
It's easy to feel at home in Mitford. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally loveable. Yet, Father tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won't go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that is 60 years old.
You will really enjoy this audio book. Mitford is such a welcoming place. You won't want to leave. The characters are so loveable. The humor is wholesome and pure. And John McDonough is a fantastic performer. I could listen to him tell stories all day!
First in the Series. Father Tim, a cherished small-town rector, is the steadfast soldier in this beloved slice of life story set in an American village where the grass is still green, the pickets are still white, and the air still smells sweet.
"It's easy to feel at home in Mitford. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable.
Yet, Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won't go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that's sixty years old.
Suddenly Father Tim gets more than he bargained for. And readers get a rich, provincial comedy in which mysteries and miracles abound."
FATHER TIM, THE BACHELOR RECTOR, WANTS SOMETHING MORE. ENTER A DOG THE SIZE OF A SOFA WHO MOVES IN AND WON'T GO AWAY. ADD AN ATTRACTIVE NEIGHBOR WHO BEGINS WEARING A PATH THROUGH THE HEDGE. NOW STIR IN A LOVABLE BUT UNLOVED BOY, A MYSTIFYING JEWEL THEFT AND A SECREDT THAT'S SIXTY YEARS OLD
The first in a series of novels, this heartwarming book introduces readers to a small, charming North Carolina town and its equally charming denizens. Filled with the mysteries and miracles of everyday life and rich, provincial humor, At Home in Mitford will have readers clamoring for more. Followed by a sequel, A Light in the Window
The first book in the Midford series. In the front it says
"Jan Karon writes to applaud the extraordinary beauty of ordinary lives" I think that is a great description. It would be great to have a friend like Father Tim.
Mitford is a charming little village that becomes like second home to the reader. Its rector, Father Tim, is a bachelor, enjoying the benefits of a small village such as getting to know everyone in town. This book is full of mystery, love, and village intrigue and will leave readers longing for more as it draws them into the life of Father Tim.