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In This Mountain Paperback – April 29, 2003
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Father Tim Kavanagh and his wife, Cynthia, return from Whitecap Island to "the little town with the big heart" in Jan Karon's seventh novel in the bestselling Mitford series, In This Mountain. Retirement holds challenges Father Tim hasn't anticipated, and even as Cynthia's career as a children's book author and illustrator brings her new accolades, he finds himself dogged by health troubles and dissatisfaction with the way his life is turning out. However, the beloved villagers of Mitford are on hand to offer support and humor through every crisis, and a few new characters are introduced to keep interest in the series fresh. Throughout the tale, Karon folds in themes of grace and forgiveness, and offers hope for even the most difficult situations. Fans will be delighted to find that this installment of the series is full of the engaging descriptions and charming depiction of life in Mitford that first won Karon the loyalty of legions of readers. --Cindy Crosby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Fans of Mitford, N.C., will rejoice over this anticipatedfull-length seventh installment in the bestselling series, especiallythose disappointed with its shorter, rather lightweight predecessor, ACommon Life. Although this offering is permeated with Karon'strademark charm, the plot isn't all sweetness and light. Three yearshave passed since Father Tim Kavanagh and his wife, Cynthia, returnedto Mitford from Whitecap Island, and depression and discontent aregnawing away at the good cleric as he faces the big "7-0." AsCynthia's career reaches new heights, Father Tim makes some personaldecisions that lead to tragedy. But never fear - although Karonstrikes some somber notes, she avoids becoming heavy-handed. Devotedreaders will find the same appealing characters and enchanting writingthat originally won them to the series. edith Mallory is up to her oldtricks, plotting her seduction of Father Tim, and haircut wars arefought between barber Joe Ivey and stylist Fancy Skinner. Convictedjewel thief George Gaynor returns to the series after his release fromjail; something new is cooking down at the Main Street Grill; andDooley Barlowe learns the ropes of romance even as he agonizes over asearch that may turn up his lost father and brothers. Karon more fullyfleshes out two of the series' minor characters, Helene Pringle andHope Winchester, and introduces newcomer Millie Tipton, awise-cracking Methodist preacher who fits comfortably into townlife. Homespun dialogue, fresh and lively descriptions, laugh-out-loudmoments and poignant scenes mark the heartfelt book, which is a happyreunion for Mitford devotees.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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entertaining that I plan on getting many more of her books after I completed the 9 in this series. She is a writer that makes you feel as though
you are a part of this small but wonderful community. There aren't too many books that will make you laugh out loud with the smallest sweetest
things. I know I will miss Fr. Timothy Kavanaugh and his life with his new wife and old dog. Make sure you real al of them in order. You too will
be in love with this series. Thank you, Jan Karon.
But what caught me here was the fact that even Pastor's can struggle with some discouragment and depression. I have struggled for the last two years with some depression after being moved from one position to another. It has been difficult. Sometimes I wondered where God was.
I like Father Timothy kept opening my Bible looking for the right verse that would speak to my heart. So, as I read this book I totally related.
I would hope that as you read it you will come to understand that Pastors are just as human as everyone else. We deal with the same issues that laypeople deal with.
God is there and is walking with us through every part of our lives. You just might not see him clearly right now. But hold on tight, He is there and He loves you and will help you find the other side of depression and bring you Joy in the morning.
Thank you Jan for writing a truly heart felt book.
For a man of strong intellect and true instincts, Father Tim can sometimes be his own worst enemy as he proves in the first part of the book. He is ignoring his diabetes by not exercising, eating the wrong things and "forgetting" to take his insulin shots or adjusting the dose himself. The result of such a course of action is both predictable and tragic. The depth of the tragedy is something he discovers as he recovers from his injuries and is told the harsh truth of what actually occurred.
The story is then woven around Father Tim's recovery from the accident and the depression that followed; the search for Dooley's brother; the return of The Man in the Attic; the continuing saga of Uncle Billy and Rose and the comings and goings of all of the wonderful Mitford characters.
This book is not fluff, however. There are many sermons, stories and words to live by scattered through the events related here. You will laugh, smile, shed a tear, and grind your teeth, but most of all and most importantly, you will care what happens. You will care deeply and when you at last close the last page you will also have grown from the experience. I guarantee it!
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