A New Song (Mitford Series #5)

A New Song (Mitford Series #5)

by Jan Karon
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A New Song (Mitford Series #5) by Jan Karon

Jan Karon's millions of fans can't wait to sit down with her heartwarming and hilarious characters, who have a way of becoming family. In fact, readers and booksellers across the country kept Out to Canaan and At Home in Mitford on The New York Times bestseller list for months. In A New Song, Mitford's longtime Episcopal priest, Father Tim, retires. However, new challenges and adventures await when he agrees to serve as interim minister of a small church on Whitecap Island. He and his wife, Cynthia, soon find that Whitecap has its own unforgettable characters: a church organist with a mysterious past, a lovelorn bachelor placing personal ads, a mother battling paralyzing depression. They also find that Mitford is never far away when circumstances "back home" keep their phone ringing off the hook. In this fifth novel of the beloved series, fans old and new will discover that a trip to Mitford and Whitecap is twice as good for the soul.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140270594
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2000
Series: Mitford Series , #5
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 78,073
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jan Karon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mitford novels featuring Episcopal priest Father Timothy Kavanagh and the fictional village of Mitford. She is also the author of twelve other books, including a cookbook and several books for children. Karon lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Hometown:

Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Date of Birth:

1937

Place of Birth:

Lenoir, North Carolina

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading the first four books of the Mitford Series, A NEW SONG was needed to learn about Father Tim & Cynthia's retirement on an island. So many lives were blessed through their efforts. Difficulties were numerous and knowing how the cast of characters found fulfillment in life gave me a good feeling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A New Song by Jan Karon is a wonderfully comforting tale of the simple pleasures in life as well as the not-so-simple hardships.  This was certainly not Karon's first time writing about this idea, nor about Father Timothy and his lovely wife Cynthia.  As faithful readers of the series know, one always feels a little more at peace after finishing a tale of these two.  However, the reader also experiences the inevitable disappointment of having to exit their world and come back to this one.     Readers should not be disappointed that A New Song does not take place in Mitford.  There is much reference to it throughout the book, as both Timothy and Cynthia are extremely homesick.  Besides, Father Tim has always been at keeping up with his correspondants.  All the favorites from Mitford are not forgotten in the fifth book of the Mitford series.  But the Kavanaghs are in a new town, Whitecap, where Timothy is serving as interim priest but surely to return to Mitford when he is finished.  The homey feeling and gentle spirits always portrayed in the characters of the Mitford books are found in Whitecap as well.  Father Tim finds many friends and more than enough challenges to keep him busy.     Karon seems to get it right every time with her gentle fiction. So far, each one has been an absolute pleasure to get lost in.  They are comforting touching, and incredibly witty.  I lost count of how many times I was so lost in this book that I would be laughing out loud when it might not have been the best thing to do.  For example, the chapter that had me cracking up was when Timothy went on a fishing trip that Cynthia had insisted that he go on.  He spent the entire trip leaning over the rail, turning an "odd color."  Karon has this incredible ability to make even the simplest events seem funny. For example, this advice from Emma, Timothy's old secretary; "Don't let worry kill you; let the church help." Or when Timothy was musing on his birthday, and all the other ones that would follow. He would be 60, then 70, then 80, and then, "dead I suppose. Oh well." I love the dialect in these books. I love the "dadgummits," and the broken English spoken by most of Timothy's friends. And then in contrast, the Wordsworth was commonly quoted by Timothy. It all comes together to form an enjoyable and uplifting story. While I myself found absolutely nothing wrong with this book, I would not recommend it to someone who enjoys an abundance of action. Because while there are many intriguing events in the story, they are small town events nonetheless. And for a reader who is not at all interested in the normal events of a humble life, this book might seem (I hate to say it) boring. I cannot end on this note, however, so I must point out that Karon takes these "mundane" occurences, and portrays them for what they really are. Amazing, moving, and often funny moments that are experienced by us all. In Jan Karon's A New Song, it is not just a new beginning for Timothjy and Cynthia, but also a new story of love, faith, endurance, and friendship for the readers to indulge.
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cswilly52 More than 1 year ago
This is series of 9 or 10 books, I have loved all I have read so far, I think I am ready for 6. I don't like them to end! Interesting and sweet, well written, a good clean story, lots of characters that you can't help but love.
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Seven pages of awesomness.
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