Light from Heaven (Mitford Series #9)
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Light from Heaven (Mitford Years #9)

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Jan Karon has said that she writes "to give readers an extended family and to applaud the extraordinary beauty of ordinary lives." In her much-acclaimed Mitford Years novels, of which this is the last, she has artfully fulfilled both goals. In Light from Heaven, we witness the quiet struggle of Father Tim to complete his mission and a final gift of grace.
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Published November 20th 2007 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 2005)
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    Gwen
    This is the last book in this series. I am so very happy that I chose this book to end the year and begin the new one with. It was like being with a trusted friend. All of the characters in this series have been so very interesting and even over a period of a few years, you don't forget them. (Even if you can't remember where you put the car keys.) As I was nearing the end of the book, a friend called, or maybe I called her. She was in her car, driving in northern Michigan where she lives. She c...more
    Melinda
    Knowing that this was the final book in the Mitford series, I was curious to discover how Karon would choose to conclude it. I thought that another change of setting for the Kavanaghs, Meadowgate Farms, as well as new, lively characters, the patrons of Holy Trinity, really refreshed the story. Father Tim's experiences there highlighted the infinite good that can come to those who choose to change their lives for the better. I enjoyed becoming acquainted with Agnes and Clarence Merton, the Mckinn...more
    Britt Griffith
    Apr 09, 2009 Britt Griffith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: Anyone who likes the Mitford series
    Shelves: fiction
    The final book in the Mitford series was definitely the best. It was what I’d come to expect from Karon: good people you’d like to know from a small town going about their daily lives. This book found Father Tim and Cynthia living at Meadowgate Farm. His friend, Stuart, appointed him to be vicar of a small out-of-the-way church and allows him to meet several new people from that church. Heaven ends the series nicely, with Dooley taking Father Tim’s last name and finding out that he has inherited...more
    Virginia
    Earlier this year, my book club chose Jan Karon's first novel about Mitford for our June discussion. I had read it before - many times - and looked forward to another reading. Once I had finished, I just kept going, reading all the books about Father Timothy Kavanaugh and life in the mountains of North Carolina. No matter how many times I have read them, they are like a small vacation from everyday life.

    Light from Heaven takes Father Tim and his wife, Cynthia, and an assortment of characters, bo...more
    Krystal
    Ahh!! I had forgotten how much I love Father Tim and the town of Mitford! The only problem was it has been some time sice I read the other books in the series that there were a few characters/events I could not quite remember clearly. I think I'll have to go back and reread them!! :-) I'm just sad that this is the last book in the series. I feel like I've lost some good friends. That's always the mark of a great book for me!
    Barbara
    I have read all of the Mitford books and although they will never be considered "great" literature, I find them a refreshing read harking back to a simpler time and good down-to-earth people. Sort of makes you wish it could realy be that way.
    Stephanie
    This book is the latest from The Mitford Series. I love these books. I love the characters and the friendly "Mayberry" feel of the town. I love to get lost in the daily goings-on of the simple yet spiritual life of Father Cavanaugh.
    Laura
    As Christian Fiction goes, I really liked this series. Jan Karon creates a town were life seems simpler, people seem friendlier. Every time I read one, it made me long for the same in my life.
    Joy
    This was actually my second time to read/listen to this book. I love Father Tim, his love of poetry and famous quotes, his love for his wife and the boys that came his way, and his love for God and his parishioners.

    And John McDonough's reading makes it all come to life. I especially loved his singing in this book--and I usually don't like singing in audio books.

    One thing I really enjoyed in this installment of the Mitford series was how the author wove in a little more info about the Episcopal...more
    Elaine
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    Ruth
    This is the last in the Mitford Series. Father Timothy Kavanagh is an Episcopal priest living in Mitford, NC.

    While anticipating retirement and a trip to Ireland with his wife Cynthia he is asked to farm sit for several months while the owners, the local Vet, and his wife are away.

    Though not officially retired, his Bishop asks him to resurect an old country church that hasn't been used in years. With the help of the townsfolk and his wife he brings the church back to life and helps to improve the...more
    Poiema
    Jan Karon's Mitford series is my "dessert" reading. The Christmas break afforded me the opportunity to savor the last chapter of the final book in the series, Light from Heaven. It turns out the timing of my reading was perfect, since the book closes with a Christmas celebration.

    If you like a White Christmas, there is a decided advantage to stepping in on the Mitford celebration. You can enjoy the snow without shoveling it or driving in it!

    "The snow was falling thick and fast by the time they tu...more
    Joan
    I have to admit that I am a fan of Jan Karon. I have read all of her Mitford series. "Light From Heaven" is the last in this series. Our book club read another book from her series and the ladies (most) either loved it or thought it was boring. I am one who thinks her books are very charming and this was no exception. It is a christian oriented book with lots of praying and looking into the life of Father Tim Kavanagh and into the the lives of his parish. The characters will draw you in and Fath...more
    Sue
    This is the ninth and last of Jan Karon's 'Mitford' series about the American Episcopal priest Father Tim and his delightful wife Cynthia. In this novel, Tim and Cynthia spend a year at their friends' farm, Meadowgate, while their friends are away. It's not far from Mitford, so Tim (and we, the readers!) manage to keep up with news of old friends. But Tim also gets asked to take on a new job: to re-start a regular service at a small church in the mountains. There he meets the wonderful Agnes - a...more
    Joyce Lagow
    Ninth book in the Father Tim Kavanaugh of Mitford, NC series.

    Karon wraps it all up in this last book in the Mitford series. Father Tim and Cynthia finalize their plans for retirement, the multiple ongoing story threads are resolved, Dooley and Lace mature, mysteries are brought to light, Father Tim’s old nemesis reappears in a surprising way, and the book ends in an satisfying if improbable way. Life moves on.

    What I find remarkable about this series is what appears to be Karon's attitude toward...more
    Marissa
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Sonia
    I'll use this review to review the entire series:
    What I liked:
    -Miss Sadie's stories
    -Uncle Billy's jokes
    -the local people, especially the mountain folk
    -the "food" talk (I got hungry every time I listened to this)
    -the excellent narrator of this audio set, John McDonough
    What I disliked:
    -I know, I know, we are supposed to love Cynthia but I found her to be too needy, demanding and affected. Toward the end I wanted to puke everytime she zapped Father Tim with her "sapphire" eyes and when she recite...more
    Jodi
    I just finished the entire series for the umpteenth time. Again, I felt uplifted and inspired as I always have. These books are like spring breezes that cheer me and bring peace. I know they are not everyone's cup of tea, but for me this series is pretty special. I am grateful Jan Karon is still writing and I wish I could find more novels like these. Many try, but it is tough to write a novel that not only entertains and is well-written, but spiritually inspires without coming across as incredib...more
    Alethea
    In what sounds like the last book in Karon's series about the community of Mitford, we find Father Tim and his wife, Cynthia, "farm-sitting" at Meadowgate for their friends the Owens - about to embark on Father Tim's last ecclesiastic endeavor - the rebuilding of an old church in the North Carolina mountains. Admittedly, it's been awhile since I'd last read the earlier books in the series - and a few developments of the characters were lost to me (as I think I inadvertently skipped books 7 and 8...more
    Teri Zipf
    Jul 16, 2014 Teri Zipf marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
    What made me think I'd want to read a book with the word "Heaven" in the title, anyway? After the initial pages of lengthy, boring description of snowfall which I guess are supposed to set the tone for the novel as somehow literary, action begins and it gets truly boring. Not to mention overtly Christian. Didn't finish the first chapter, don't care, wouldn't go near another if I had to spend the weekend reading Wal-Mart ads.
    Deann
    It's great to start a series when the author has already finished it! I will use this last book of the series for my review of the all....I loved them. Still need to go back a read what I consider to be the "bonus books" in the series - The Common Life and Shepherds Abiding.
    I started the series in Feb '09 and with the exception of the 2 mentioned above finished the end of Mar '09. There were those that told me these books were just fun feel good books and probably didn't have much in them for a...more
    Sue
    Sigh. This is the last book in the Mitford series. Father Tim and Cynthia are spending a year watching over their friends’ farm not too far from Mitford. Just when the good father is getting restless, he is called to revive Holy Trinity, a mountain church that has been closed for 40 years. We meet a marvelous cast of colorful mountain characters: Agnes the deaconess and her deaf wood-carving son Clarence; Jubal, who greets Father Tim with a shotgun; Dovey, who is laid up with a mysteriouus illne...more
    Al Gritten
    A very appropriate ending to the 9 book series about Father Tim and Mitford. Karon has an amazing insight into ministry and the life of a minister - the thoughts and emotions and the things that drive us. She has truly done her research and reached into the heart of what it means to do ministry and to struggle with the relationships and the problems shared by the people of God. Her books are inspirational, and Father Tim and the community receive form and substance from Karon's hand, coming into...more
    JayeL
    Last in the series of Mitford novels, and it shows. Karon started off with the same tone and pace that she normally does, but partway through the book seems to realize that she has to wrap up a lot of story lines and does so in a way that doesn’t seem believable or satisfying. Father Tim is house sitting at his friend’s farm and is given a mountain church to re-open after many of years of neglect. Many familiar characters make an appearance, but Karon has too many story lines going and doesn’t d...more
    Whitney
    I have enjoyed immensely Jan Karon's Mitford series. A cozier collection of everyday, inspiring heroes I have yet to find between the covers of a book. The series is easy to read, the characters feel real and easy to relate to. I enjoyed this last book in the series as well but once I finished the book I wasn't sure that it could really be called a finale. Everything seemed sewn up too abruptly. The book ended and I felt like I was still in the middle of the action and wasn't exactly sure what h...more
    Kelly
    I'm going to write the same thing for the entire series. It's a syrupy sweet old fashioned read which does not demand anything of the reader. Many find the series feel good, and there are some sparkles of true conflict here and there, but mostly it's about the mundane daily plight of a vicar who finds love later in life and saves people - emotionally and physically.

    If you like the first in the series, keep reading because you will be comforted by the characters and will want to see who is added...more
    Chris
    I have to say that, although I have loved all of the Mitford books, I was disappointed with this one which is what I understood to be the final book in the series. (Another book came out last year but I am not clear if it is really a continuation of the series. Of course, I'll be reading it next and I'll let you know!) Many questions are answered and a couple of beloved characters meet their demise. Some of the loose ends were tied up a little too neatly, especially the one having to do with Doo...more
    Carol
    Ahh--a breath of fresh air! Just a few pages into this book and I feel like I am among old friends. I've put off reading this one for a long time because I can't stand that it is the last one in the series. But, coming off a pretty edgy book, need something to soothe my soul and this is just the book.

    Truly a book I hated to finish, knowing it was the last one. Made me laugh out loud, made me cry, and just made the entire week I was reading it a little bit of heaven! I look forward to reading thi...more
    Sue
    Father Tim is asked to revive a mountain parish which has been idle for 40+ years and he agrees to take on the task. Cynthia is working on a new project - watercolor pictures for a calendar starring her storybook cat Violet. Dooley is continuing his studies towards becoming a vet. Dooley's brother Sammie is living with Father Tim and Cynthia and is learning how to be part of a family atmosphere. Life goes on in Mitford.
    A fitting end to the series. This one wraps up a bunch of the storylines th...more
    Kimberly Mcclune
    I love this book because it contains the culmination of several story lines and characters stories that have been woven through all the books up to this point. When I read Jan Karon, I become a fly on the wall in all the homes and on the sides of all the buildings and in the landscaping of the wonderful, mythical town of Mitford, NC. I find myself wanting to be friends with the characters and wanting to live next door to Father Tim and Cynthia. I want to shop at the Local and get my lunch at the...more
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    Born Janice Meredith Wilson in 1937, Jan Karon was raised on a farm near Lenoir, North Carolina. Karon knew at a very early age that she wanted to be a writer. She penned her first novel when she was 10 years old, the same year she won a short-story contest organized by the local high school. Karon married as a teenager and had a daughter, Candace.

    At 18, Karon began working as a receptionist for...more
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