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The Mitford Years, Books 1-6 (At Home in Mitford / A Light in the Window / These High, Green Hills / Out to Canaan / A New Song / A Common Life) Paperback – Box set, September 24, 2002
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About the Author
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."
Top Customer Reviews
Karon is from Lenoir, NC, so I find the town and its folk quite familiar. Mitford is tucked in the mountains of NC and the cities of Asheville, Winston-Salem and Charlotte are all mentioned.
These books are heartwarming and the town of Mitford is a refreshing retreat. I recommend reading them chronologically. I like to read one as a respite after a particularly heavy or disturbing novel for balance. It's definitely a Christian series, and although Father Tim is Episcopalian, you'll find the books uplifting and familiar no matter which branch of Christianity you cling to.
The Mitford series is followed by a Father Tim series and there is also a byproduct children's book series, as Father Tim's wife is a children's book author of a series about her cat Violet.
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I have enjoyed each one of Jan Karon's books. She brings you into a relationship with her characters and then you look forward to their next experiences. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Linda S. DiFranco
I've already read the series and bought this set for my Aunt who is 93. She will love it.Published 3 months ago by Judith A. Barnes
Jan Karon can't write her books fast enough to satisfy me! Her characters are well-rounded, colorful, real, and so funny! Read morePublished 4 months ago by poppi's mom
There is no author that I have read and enjoyed more than Jan Karon. I've read a variety of literature and this fills me with humor and peace. Read morePublished 4 months ago by E. A. Hanson
This entire series is such a pleasure to read. Wonderful uplifting stories with sensitive character presentation.Published 13 months ago by Mary V. Ritter
love the books, came in great condition now that I have read them have pased them on to my daughterPublished 14 months ago by Verna Grindstaff