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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
why didn't I run across Jan Karon's books years ago. this is a very enjoyable read. I can't wait to find the rest of her books.Published 3 months ago by Jeffrey J. Modjeski
Excellent ongoing story of idyllic people in an idyllic place.Published 4 months ago by Stephanie King
Mostly first person--it switches up a bit. Fantastic series. Perfect bedtime reading.Published 6 months ago by Karla Santoro
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 7 months 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 10 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 11 months ago by poppi's mom