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A Light in the Window (Mitford Years #2)

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  18,305 Ratings  ·  699 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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Sep 03, 2009 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 05, 2010 Jacq Jardin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
May 16, 2009 Tracy rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
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
Nov 13, 2010 Athornton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 14, 2008 Janie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 15, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
These books are really pretty terrible.
Apr 11, 2007 Marilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 14, 2014 Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
Library copy. Have looked forward to reading this since finishing At Home in Mitford.

Do you find yourself smiling when you read this series? I do. Now that's a good read :-)

This second in the Mitford series by Jan Karon did not disappoint. Ready to jump into book three! There's really nothing to say about the book, other than I highly recommend that you read it, if you haven't already. Even if you have, as a number of people have told me, it's time to read them again.

Small town life, real life
Feb 08, 2011 Dianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 20, 2009 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 09, 2011 Noel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-lit
A very sweet, very quiet and peaceful read, with great plot and character development -- just no drama or scintillating romance.
I don't like saying good-bye to Mitford. It's a good thing there are so many of them.
Rishi Prakash
Oct 12, 2016 Rishi Prakash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another prize catch in the book fair :-) Although the language is kind of different with old english but i got used to it after few pages!

This book takes you back to the old world which is something i definitely miss now. The entire story is set-up in a small town( Mitford) which has a set of characters who keep us engaged all through the book in between various incidents happening around their lives. The events are small and big, happy and tensed but all unique and interesting in their own way
I probably should have read the first book prior to reading this, because during the first 150 pages I was trying to piece together what all those background stories were and it seemed a bit muddled. I also had a hard time getting into the book. But the characters were endearing and their witty comments and stories made me smile, so I give an extra star for them.
Nov 23, 2008 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
• 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
Jan 25, 2008 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Sep 12, 2009 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Christian Singer
Mar 19, 2013 Christian Singer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 10, 2009 Linnae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
Feb 01, 2016 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have delayed reading this series until I retired and that was back in 2011 but I have been ill and not able to get out to the library for more reading materials so I looked at my emergency reading supply and decided now is the time to read this series. I wanted to savor this series and not be limited to how fast can i read this series so I have taken my time reading the second book in this series and it has been a delightful read and the time was well spent visiting Mitford! I loved the story ...more
Jun 04, 2008 Lora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 05, 2010 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 30, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 26, 2010 JayeL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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.
Feb 11, 2011 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light reading and a very feel good book that I really enjoyed. Though the characters are believable this is kind of book that I can read in bed and go to sleep in peace. I'm not kept awake by too many complications that I'm afraid won't turn out good. There is a lot of humor and wisdom in this series.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Mitford Years (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • At Home in Mitford (Mitford Years, #1)
  • These High, Green Hills (Mitford Years #3)
  • Out to Canaan (Mitford Years, #4)
  • A New Song (Mitford Years, #5)
  • A Common Life: The Wedding Story (Mitford Years, #6)
  • In This Mountain (Mitford Years, #7)
  • Shepherds Abiding (Mitford Years, #8)
  • Light from Heaven (Mitford Years, #9)
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