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A Light in the Window (Mitford Years #2)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  13,731 ratings  ·  484 reviews
Now available on CDs for the first time are these selections of Karon's beloved series. As seen through the eyes of Father Tim, the village of Mitford, North Carolina, becomes a kind of extended family--loving and lovable, yet bursting with secrets, heartaches, hopes, fears, failures, and surprises. Unabridged. 15 CDs.
Audio, Abridged, 2 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Penguin Audio (first published 1995)
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Rhonda
While I have no doubt that I am not going to read the whole series, I picked up two when I was at the library and the second dutifully begins where the first leaves off. Someone commented that these are the types of books which little old ladies read when they feel like they can put their collective noses into other people's affairs. If one hasn't read these books, that's a pretty good assessment, which is to say that it is totally incorrect.
While Jan Karon has a huge following, no doubt compos
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Mike (the Paladin)
Had you asked me I would never have thought I'd be reading a series of books like this one. (Not macho, you know). This is the story of a middle aged (maybe late middle-age?) clergyman in a small town. Again I came over these when i was listening to books and reading whatever I could get my hands on it seemed and I was surprised how involving these were. I hate soap operas and these books (except possibly for the "Wedding Book" which i couldn't get through) don't "slump" into soap opera mode. I ...more
Jacq Jardin
"I so enjoyed this book. Although its main character is an Episcopalian priest named Father Tim, it is never preachy about religion. There's no heavy drama, no shocking twists, no explosive ending. But it's every bit as charming and engrossing as all ...more I so enjoyed this book. Although its main character is an Episcopalian priest named Father Tim, it is never preachy about religion. There's no heavy drama, no shocking twists, no explosive ending. But it's every bit as charming and engrossin ...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
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Tracy
What I learned from this book: It's me, not you. I am the one who is impatient. I am the one who is unable to find any sort of humor in innocent misunderstandings or mistaken identities. (This also explains why I'm not a fan of French farce.)

I have proven to myself this year that I am indeed capable of enjoying stories that don't involve other-worldly creatures or kick-butt crime-solving or alternate realities (those would be the Maisie Dobbs books and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie
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Marilyn
John McDonough is Father Tim. He has narrated all of the Mitford series books and is a treasure. As many know, quite often the scenes center on his fictional church or the choir. A veteran of the Glimmerglass Opera Company, he sings the hymns himself which is an extra treat for listeners. When one voice actor has read all of the titles in a series, that performer has created a strong connection to listeners. Thus, just as listening to another story of Mitford is enhanced by its familiarity so he ...more
Athornton
Another charming read. It was good to reconnect with the characters in this quaint town. It's a good holiday read because it is not overwhelming, sad or depressing. I would love to visit a town like this if it in fact exists, with knowing each and every person's history, supporting each other and the town parties and festivities that everyone has to play a role in. I like how the characters' stories continue to wind together and new relations are discovered plus the inclusion of one of two outsi ...more
Janie
You have to read this whole series.. The characters are so funny and become your friends. Father Tim is so awesome and Cynthia an absolute doll. The whole time I was reading this, I just kept thinking in the back of my mind, "which celebrities would I cast as these two main characters/" I just kept thinking Carroll O'Conner (Archie Bunker) and Laura Bush as Cynthia. I tried to listen to these books again on tape, and write all of the characters down, but there are so many I just couldn't. Oh, by ...more
Dianna
In the second book of the Father Tim series, Father Tim is returning from a summer in Sligo. Upon his return he sees that he really has not missed much as far the life in Mitford goes.

Father Tim meets Edith Mallory, a very wealthy widow, who is trying to catch him with her wonderful cooking ability. But, Father TIm is only interested in Cynthia, his neighbor.

Add to this mix, his cousin Meg who decides to move into the rectory and again Father Tim finds himself pastoring others. But, instead of
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Sue
This is the second book in Jan Karon's delightful 'Mitford' series set in a small village in the South of the USA. Father Tim and his neighbour Cynthia enjoy each other's company and are attracted to each other. But Cynthia has to spend several months in New York, and Father Tim is followed by a pushy widow, and plays host to an Irish cousin who eats anything she finds... meanwhile he continues to deal with his diabetes, counsels friends and parishioners, and tries to find what his heart holds.

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Elaine
• 2nd in “The Mitford Years” “Father Tim” series I read this one but since I'm on book 5, It's difficult what was in each actual book. I will have to review this one once I listen to it on audio. Looking forward to it. After listening to the first on dramatized audio, I would have loved to listen to this one dramatized by haven't found it. just found in abridged and unabridged.

12/08/08 - I am listening to audio on this second go-round of book 2 --

Father Tim is back from Ireland and someone in h
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L
This is the second book in what I like to think is the most gentle, comforting read. Sometimes it seems a little too simple and comforting as the lives of the people in small town Mitford are brought out. The innocence of a place where an aging rector courts his neighbor as he struggles with a scripture listening dog, a foster child who is slowly capturing his heart, and the visit from a long lost relative from Ireland. The most scandelous event that takes place may be the plight of poor father ...more
Linnae
Father Tim is the rector of Mitford, a small town packed with personality. The recently widowed Edith Mallory has got her sights set on him, confirmed bachelor that he is, as her next conquest. Meanwhile, his attempts at a relationship with his lovely neighbor Cynthia seem to be slowly gaining ground. And that's just his personal life! He's got his 12-year-old foster child, Dooley, to look after, a church building project, parishioners to counsel, and of course, the weekly sermon to write.

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Jodi
I read the first book in this series many years ago but the characters are so rich with life that they all come back. Father Tim is the Episcopal priest in the town of Mitford. It's a town peopled with real people in all their glorious oddities. In this book Tim, a bachelor in his early 60s, has to contend with the fact that he's just fallen in love and what does that mean at his age? The object of his affection, Cynthia Coppersmith, feels even more strongly about it and knows exactly what she w ...more
Christian Singer
This story builds on the previous one, showing the progress of Father Tim's relationship with his neighbor. Again, this series is character-driven so it is slower paced, but the reader gets to know the town and the townspeople and care about their daily lives. If Mitford, NC weren't fictional, I'd live there. If you're action-driven, this series isn't for you. If you can read just about anything, then I recommend this series (9 books if I'm not mistaken), perhaps between more adventurous books. ...more
Lora
I didn't get into it right away, but after a few chapters I loved it. After reading the first book, it had a feeling almost like coming home again. I realized I had missed Miss Sadie, Cynthia, Father Tim, Dooley... and even that crazy lady that wears army boots all the time. Edith was a colorful and laugh-out-loud addition to the whole crazy lot of them. This book made me smile,laugh out loud, and even stop and think a few times. Although it is still mostly a book about everyday life, it kept a ...more
Stephanie
ok so i totally slammed the first book in this series. the 3 books that followed were gifts, so i continued to read them as i really had nothing else to read and was too lazy to go to the library and too cheap to go to the bookstore. i've also decided to read the books that i actually own before checking out anymore. this second book was pretty good- easy easy reading- and if you are a praying/bible reading person, and slack off in the daily devotional department, the mitford books have a great ...more
Katrina
Loved this whole series....such great characters and a wonderful town! Would love to be able to visit Mitford!
Angie
I had a really hard time getting into this book. I think part of the problem was that I started by listening to the audio CDs while I was driving. The way Jan Karon writes doesn't lend itself to distractions. You end up missing the essence of the story. So, I started reading the paperback and quickly got back into the story.

I enjoyed Timothy and Cynthia's letters. I was a little disappointed that book had been leading up to some large events, and then the events were covered briefly. I will defi
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Niece
NICE SERIES
Rebekkila
I also ended up listening to this on cd. I love when he is interacting with the locals. The whole hair trim episode was hilarious. The slightly refined Dooly Barlow is always funny. I was a lttle bored by the love story and some of his conversations with the older folks in town get a little bit hokey. I hope later in the series they add a few young characters to shke things up a bit. Maybe a bratty teenager, or dooly's choir friend can get hopped up on Hawaiian Punch and toilet paper some trees ...more
Kelly
I only started reading this series on Lauren Winner's recommendation, but have found the first to books very enjoyable. One note of criticism. Because the story is told from Father Tim's perspective I began to find Cynthia's letters and phone calls annoying. She really seemed to be pushing the relationship along precipitously. However, had the story been told from her perspective, Father Tim might have been the irritating one because of his unwillingness to committ.
Baglady
pleasant read, interesting characters, but doesn't make me laugh out loud or cry. A good choice for read - set it down - pick it up a week later pacing as the story does not demand focus or plot analysis. Delightful to read a peaceful life-affirming story with some minor conflicts and challenges in the plot, but one knows the end will always be good. Characters face challenges that they are able to overcome, though it is difficult to imagine them as real in today's world wherein every town has c ...more
Mindy
I absolutely hated the beginning of this book. I loved Father Tim's gentility and good naturedness in the first book, but in this one he seems like a totally different character. In the first few pages, he gets frustrated, angry, and annoyed, and he snaps at a friend. Totally unlike him and totally unlikable. There went much of the appeal of the Mitford series. As disappointing was that Jan Karon took a nobody from the first book and all of a sudden gave her a lead role (that was not funny in th ...more
Julie
I love this series! I love how the author describes her characters so well! I've heard that some people feel that the books are boring and lacking in action but to me it is quite the opposite. The pages are filled with small town "action"! I laughed out loud more than once as I read this one. I feel so at home reading these books, almost as if I could visit Mitford and feel right at home with Father Tim, Miss Sadie, etc.
Courtney
Enjoyed this one better than the last. Still wish there was a list of characters in the beginning to help with the large group of people who live in this small town.
Sherrill
The first book At Home in Mitford was very charming. This one continued the story but was very slow. It is a sweet story but the letters between the budding romantics were just torture to wade through. They just were so boring. It is refreshing to read something that is not nasty but this is really really uninteresting to read.
JayeL
I have read this book before and really enjoy the recounting of small town life. I like the way the author makes the characters human. I like how they don't always get it perfect. I also like how she recounts the thoughts they have in their heads. I did think that the Edith Mallory parts of the story were a bit too much.
Laura
These books are really pretty terrible.
Sara
I really liked this book. It was pretty funny and very clean. I love all of the books that I have read by Jan Karon because they are clean and funny. Plus, they are adult fiction! I am reading the third in the series now. They are about a small town and all of the funny things that happen there.
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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.

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