The Mitford Years: At Home in Mitford, A Light in the Window, These High, Green Hills, and Out to Canaan

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Overview

Readers everywhere have discovered Mitford is good for the soul. Peopled with a lovable cast of characters and filled with mysteries and miracles, Mitford has become one of the most memorable small towns in recent literature. Boxed set includes: At Home in Mitford, A Light in the Window, and These High, Green Hills Out to Canaan.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Karon does a remarkable job of giving voice to the inhabitants of her fictional North Carolina mountain town in this boxed four-book set of her popular Mitford series. Yet fans will be disappointed in the abridgment, which eliminates so much that the entire series is now shorter than the unabridged recording of any one of the four books (e.g., Out to Canaan, Audio Reviews, LJ 12/97). Although this version leaves the plot relatively intact, a number of minor characters are omitted. The abridgment, while usually seamless, is occasionally slightly choppy as detailed information is summarized by tacking a few words onto the end or beginning of a sentence. Readers of the Mitford novels will miss the odd details that give the books much of their charm and humor, like the prayer that Father Tim utters each morning before entering his office. His growing relationship with neighbor Cynthia Coppersmith also suffers as many of their scenes together are left out. Those new to the Mitford series can certainly follow the general plot of the books by listening to these abridged recordings, but they will lose much of what gives it its following. Karon, whose pleasant voice holds more than a hint of the South, does a splendid job of providing distinct voices to the diverse Mitford residents. This attractively packaged set is more appropriate as a gift for a fan rather than as a library purchase. Not recommended.--Leah Sparks, Bowie P.L., MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780147712561
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/19/1999
  • Series: Mitford Series
  • Edition description: Boxed Set, Volumes 1-4
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 3.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Karon
Jan Karon
If you have ever wanted to settle down in an idyllic small town and live a life focused on faith and family, Jan Karon's books are for you. Her Mitford series follows a rural town, its inhabitants and its rector with humor, sentiment and a foundation of Christian values that help characters overcome setbacks.

Biography

Jan Karon, born Janice Meredith Wilson in the foothills of North Carolina, was named after the title of a popular novel, Janice Meredith.

Jan wrote her first novel at the age of ten. "The manuscript was written on Blue Horse notebook paper, and was, for good reason, kept hidden from my sister. When she found it, she discovered the one curse word I had, with pounding heart, included in someone's speech. For Pete's sake, hadn't Rhett Butler used that very same word and gotten away with it? After my grandmother's exceedingly focused reproof, I've written books without cussin' ever since."

Several years ago, Karon left a successful career in advertising to move to the mountain village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and write books. "I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author," she says. "I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk."

Enthusiastic booksellers across the country have introduced readers of all ages to Karon's heartwarming books. At Home in Mitford, Karon's first book in the Mitford series, was nominated for an ABBY by the American Booksellers Association in 1996 and again in 1997. Bookstore owner, Shirley Sprinkle, says, "The Mitford Books have been our all-time fiction bestsellers since we went in business twenty-five years ago. We've sold 10,000 of Jan's books and don't see any end to the Mitford phenomenon."

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Janice Meredith Wilson
    2. Hometown:
      Blowing Rock, North Carolina
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 30, 1936
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lenoir, North Carolina

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2005

    You can go home

    I don't think it's an exageration to say this is an American classic. Karon's simple writing style delivers a homey setting. At Home in Mitford has no plot but merely chronicles the Mayberry RFD-type happenings in a rural community.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2003

    Cannot Get Enough

    I absolutely love these books. The narrator also makes each of the characters seem so real. I feel like the Mitford crew are my family and cannot get enough of these books - I am always disappointed when one ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2002

    Will Put A Smile In Your Heart

    Simply put, Jan Karon puts a smile in your heart. Her stories are warm and uplifting, and take you to a place where simple pleasures are enjoyed. Reminds me of writing by Kirk Martin in an incredible new book, Shade of the Maple. Very powerful ending that reinforces the honor of commitment and moves you to hopeful tears! Both authors seem to have an inspirational flair to their writing that is wholesome and uplifting. I always look forward to more from Jan Karon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2002

    Feels Like Going Home

    Jan Karon's books take me back to my small town roots as a pastor's daughter! I love all her characters. They teach us so much by just being who they are. - And they are so real that you feel you know each one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2001

    A Wonderful Escape to an Ideal Place

    Reading these books gives you a sense of belonging to a place we all wish existed in our lives. After a few pages, you become a member of the community and feel as if you can actually see the characters. I read all the time, but I don't think I have ever felt the way I do about these four books. EVERYONE should read these books - they will be so happy they did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2001

    Father Tim !!!! We Love You!!!

    Sept.25 2001 Mitford is one of the nicest places in the world. I started reading ' A New Song' the cover just caught my eye ,That was the beginning of a reading frenzy. I could not get enough. From there , it has been a wonderful journey. I can not express how good this series is. I felt like I was home. Can't wait for the next book so I can go back home. READ THEM ALL!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2001

    You'll Fall in Love with Mitford!

    I have to admit that this was the best series I have ever read. I couldn't wait to get to the next book. Wonderful development of characters endears you to them - you'll cry when they cry and laugh when they laugh. I would suggest this to ANYONE of any age. Absolutely fantastic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2001

    Intrigue, Charm, Intelligence, Down-Home Sophistication (an oxymoron? not in Karon's books!), Romance

    What a wonderful read, from At Home in Mitford to A Common Life! Every word was eagerly digested! My husband frequently asks 'another one?' My sisters and I have everyone we know reading them, and have our book stores scouring for other authors with similar writing style...but alas, none can compare! A friend (retired school librarian) regaled us with tales of Blowing Rock, admonishing us to go, saying that one can trek through the town and find everything totally familiar! What a love! A very part of my own family, my sisters and I will have everyone we know at her upcoming conference in Waco (Oct 2001)! I have but one question for our favorite author: can you please write faster????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2001

    FABULOUS

    These books are a dream! What joy you acquire just reading them- but good luck putting them down!!! I suggest a bowl of bon bons, something to sip on and all 5 of the books. I may just re-read them!! Wonderful- I love Dooley. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2001

    Jan Karon, I adore your books!

    These are books that I don't ever want to finish. Please, Jan Karon, keep writing them - Fr. Tim and friends are my friends, too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2001

    JAN KARON HAS CAPTURE MY HEART

    I AM HOOKED, I FEEL AS THOUGH I KNOW DULEY, CYNTHIA,FATHER TIM ALL OF THEM. IT GIVES YOU A WARM FEELING OF BEING HOME, A COMFORTABLE PLACE A FRIENDLY PLACE. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THE NEXT SERIES. WHEN I'M NOT READING, I MISS THEM. EVERYONE SHOULD READ THE MITFORD YEARS. DULEY WILL STEAL YOUR HEART .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2001

    Easy, enjoyable reading

    This series is delightful. It has romance, adventure, mystery and humor. You fall in love with the characters and are always looking forward to the next book. Great for ages 16 to 90.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2000

    I've Discovered a New Home...

    After reading the likes of King, Koontz and Grisham for the last several years, the first few chapters of 'At Home In Mitford' seemed so tame, I wondered if my new read would continue to hold my interest. I couldn't have been further from the truth! As I read on, I became enchanted with the wholesome and witty characters of the small, but far from sleepy, southern mountain town. I found myself longing for more and more from Father Tim and Karon's colorful cast of characters! My friend had lent me the entire series, 'The Mitford Years', and as I finished one book, I promptly went on to the next. I am ready and raring to start the 3rd, 'These High, Green Hills'. Need a change of pace? Do yourself a favor and latch on to 'At Home in Mitford'!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2000

    HIGH RECOMMENDATION!

    I am so crazy about Father Tim and the residents that live in Mitford that I find myself talking about them like they're old friends. I went to a cook-out this weekend and took Esther's Orange Marmalade double-layer cake along. What laughter when my 'real' friends found out that Esther is a character in the Mitford books. By the way, the cake was excellent and you can find the recipe on Jan Karon's web site (address on inside cover of most paperbacks). I think you will find Jan's books to be heartwarming, thought-provoking, and generally wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2000

    This Would Make a Marvelous Miniseries!

    I'm midway through the second book in The Mitford Years series, and I can't stop reading. How can you fail to come up with a winner when the ingredients include small town humor and warmth, (not to mention some real characters) a peek into the heart of a special man of the cloth, dogs, kids...it's all there! I just want it to go on and on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2000

    found a 2nd home

    For anyone who longs or does live in a small community, this is the book series for you, THe main character is a espicipalian priest, who finds love late in life, through many avenues, pets, children, homeless and a lovely widowed neighbor. This is not just simply a love story, this is a journey ... it is wonderful, will make you laught right out loud, and wipe a tear from your cheek. I just finished the 4th novel, and am off to get the 5th, and may just start over with the first again when done with it!

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