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A New Song (Mitford Years #5)

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  15,635 Ratings  ·  347 Reviews
In A New Song, Mitford's longtime Episcopal priest, Father Tim, retires. However, new challenges and adventures await when he agrees to serve as interim minister of a small church on Whitecap Island. He and his wife, Cynthia, soon find that Whitecap has its own unforgettable characters: a church organist with a mysterious past, a lovelorn bachelor placing personal ads, a m ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Penguin Books (first published 1999)
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After binge watching Sons of Anarchy I needed something a lot more wholesome and this was just the ticket.
Mike (the Paladin)
I like these books....a suppose the word "mildly" should be in there somewhere, except that would be a little misleading. What I mean is that in some ways these are "mild stories".

I was in a "funk" for a while recently. I couldn't find anything book-wise that appealed to me. I was depressed in general and in constant low-grade pain. I had read some of these some years ago (as my wife's health grew worse and worse). Some people think of these as "women's reads" I've said before in other reviews t
Joyce Lagow
Jun 10, 2011 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-edition

Fifth in the Father Tim Kavanaugh of Mitford, NC series.

Retirement is not all it was supposed to be for Father Tim. Even though he’s “supplied” churches here and there, he’s restless and dissatisfied. So that when the opportunity comes to spend at least a year as an interim priest for a small parish on Whitecap Island in Pimlico Sound, he grasps at the opportunity eagerly. So what if he and cynthia are not particularly fond of sea and sand?

Follows then a year of challenges, not the least of whic
Jan 18, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like all the other Mitford books, this is full of humor and kindness. I love to return to this series, they always give me hope and remind me to treat others with kindness and it is never to late to pray-in fact I should be praying always. The Mitford series is gentle and I don't have to think too hard or be caught up in a dramatic plot-sometimes just what I need-comfort in a book!
Angela S. Blair
This is my favorite Mitford book so far. There are no major plot stories here, although the book is full of drama and some tense moments. I loved this book for the spiritual journey of it's charachters, including Fr Tim. I was moved to tears at times. I haven't darkened the door of a church in years, except to attend a wedding or funeral, but found myself worshipping alonside the members of the tiny seaside church. The call to faith was so profound I felt my heart stop.

Father Tim preaches a serm
It can be dangerous for an author to move a series from it's familiar setting as sometimes they lose too much of what the readers loved in the move. That didn't happen here. In fact I think taking Father Tim and Cynthia to Whitecap Island invigorated the series. Now both he and Cynthia are newcomers, navigating afresh the perilous waters of church boards, threatening weather and surly neighbors.

If you've enjoyed the series so far you'll probably delight in this book, too.

NB- Read or listen to
Winter Sophia Rose
Dec 14, 2015 Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing
Insightful, Warm, Engaging & Touching! A Wonderful Read! I Loved It!
Jul 05, 2014 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fifth novel in the mitford/Father Tim series does the unthinkable - leave Mitford. Father Tim has retired and he has been assigned to serve as an interim priest in a small parish in the small island of Whitecap. Whitecap is no Mitford although there are quirky and interesting characters, most notably, Morris Love, who is literally and figuratively trapped - inside the boondoggle of a house his father built, inside his deformed boy and inside his own self, but he has an amazing gift, his abil ...more
Dec 03, 2015 Joyce rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Public library copy.

Another fabulous read by this author. This was amazing, that she was able to include all the old parishioners and the new parishioners in the same book! My favorites: the lady in the Mitford nursing home who sings with Father Tim over the phone .. Timothy and Cynthia's new neighbor .. and, of course, Dooley. There was an awful lot going on in this book .. extremely packed with activity and crises. Love this series!
Joann Doughty
Jul 05, 2014 Joann Doughty rated it it was ok
It was ok. Very predictable. The ending seemed to rush everything. The hermit was a hermit through the whole book and then all of a sudden in the last few pages he was the church organist and came out of his shell. But there was no explanation. Weird.
Jul 27, 2016 Ann rated it it was amazing
So far this book is my favorite of the Mitford series. A new view of a new place - I like variety and a change of scenery and this book appeals to that love. Also it is refreshing to read a different view of life amid today's constant strife that deals with strife in a positive way.
Jul 29, 2014 Mom2nine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read many of Karon's books over the years. Her books are a bit like a pair of slippers or your favorite loafers. They aren't going to dazzle like your flashy heals, but they sure do feel good on your feet. The Mitford series are day to day life in a small town. I think that I smile throughout the story, as I read her books and this one is no exception. There are always jokes, which cause me to smile or roll my eyes, such as the husband/wife store split down the middle, because they couldn ...more
May 15, 2015 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Wayne S.
Feb 11, 2014 Wayne S. rated it really liked it
Tim Kavanaugh has retired as minister of the Episcopal Lord’s Chapel in the quaint mountain village of Mitford, NC. Now he and his cheerful wife Cynthia find new challenges and adventures when he agrees to serve as interim minister of the small St. John’s in the Grove church on Whitecap Island off the coast of North Carolina. They soon learn that Whitecap has its own unforgettable characters including Ella Bridgewater, the new church organist with a mysterious past; Morris Love, their isolated a ...more
May 30, 2016 Deborah rated it it was amazing
The Mitford Series is fabulous. Events in the books can be subtle - which is why I think some reviewers call them mild - but that doesn't mean they are not heart breaking or tragic. Jan Karon stirs the reader's emotional intelligence and compassion to create depth and a very satisfying read. I adore these books.
Dec 09, 2014 Ellen rated it really liked it
This is now my third attempt to review this book... Goodreads is not cooperating tonight. Of course, my prior two attempts were absolutely stellar and there is no way this third attempt can in any way be as good as the first, but here goes...

A New Song picks up with the theme of change brought out fully in Out to Canaan. Just when you thought Father Tim was going to quietly enjoy retirement life with his still newlywed bride, like so many other clergy he finds himself once again answering the Lo
May 26, 2008 Lee rated it did not like it
I read a few chapters, but never could get into this book. It went on and on about their preparation to leave Mitford and didn't resolve early on the kids that they helped out. The backwoods language of some of the characters made it difficult to get through.
Aug 03, 2010 Bev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love all the Mitford Series books by Jan Karon, and I especially love listening to them. If you want a light reading, feel good sort of book then I really recommend this series. Normally I avoid long series of books, but this is my exception.
Aug 05, 2008 Nancy rated it liked it
Another great installment from the Mitford Series. This series has been my charming, easy summer read. I don't think I'll finish them before summer is over...
Fredell Boston
Jun 28, 2016 Fredell Boston rated it it was amazing
Loved it. As I do all the "Mitford" books. In A New Song, Mitford's longtime Episcopal priest, Father Tim, retires. However, new challenges and adventures await when he agrees to serve as interim minister of a small church on Whitecap Island. He and his wife, Cynthia, soon find that Whitecap has its own unforgettable characters: a church organist with a mysterious past, a lovelorn bachelor placing personal ads, a mother battling paralyzing depression. They also find that Mitford is never far awa ...more
Carol C
After being reminded by a friend that this series is delightfully like "curling up with a cup of tea," I realized that the whole series is missing from my Goodreads list. It's been quite a while since I've read this book, so I'm just guessing on the date. I won't rate it, because the details are fuzzy, but I loved this series. Don't pick it up if you're looking for something exceptionally deep or literary. It's just a warm-hearted and good series with characters striving to learn and do what it ...more
Oct 26, 2014 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-cd
Picked this up at the library in July. It's been great company in the car. Obviously, I don't spend that much time in my car (2 months to get through it). The story was entertaining; much of the writing inspirational in nature. Gave me a few good things to ponder.

I keep coming back to this quote used in the book.

“Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from sufferi
Mar 15, 2009 Elaine rated it liked it
Recommended to Elaine by: those who like a slow home town read; nothing stressful
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Mar 01, 2012 Brandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Another great Father Tim story. I was a little disappointed that the setting moved from Mitford but it made realize how emotionally attached I was to all the Mitford characters and how good of a job the author did involving the reader in the books leading up to this one. Most of the Mitford crowd still makes an appearance but Father Tim and his wife Cynthia move to White Cap, NC and meet a new cast of characters and take us through their journey there. My new favorite character is an old man nam ...more
Jan 30, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed another visit with Father Tim Kavanagh and his cohorts. The Episcopalian priest, his close friends and family are always a totally delightful and satisfying read.

In this installment Father Tim has embarked on a new clerical assignment as part of his supposed "retirement". He and his good wife Cynthia take on a new adventure that removes them from their cherished mountain environment in Mitford to an island just off the mainland called Whitecap. There Father Tim is the interim pri
Aug 30, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 13+
I truly appreciated this visit to Mitford, but have sadly found out that the final book in this series - book six, The Common Life - is not a continuation of the series, but goes "back in time" to before Father Tim was married. I can't believe that before I read the first book, I judged it by its cover, and expected it to be boring. But was I ever wrong! While there isn't exactly a whole lot of adventure in the series, it wasn't boring, but very cozy. It's the story of a preacher who lives in a ...more
Jan 25, 2008 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sixth in the Mitford series by Jan Karon. Father Tim Kavanagh has finally retired from being a full-time priest, and takes an interim assignment on the island of Whitecap. He and Cynthia, along with their dog Barnabas and cat Violet, spend a great deal of time preparing to move, have a rather traumatic journey and arrival, and then gradually settle in to a new parish. As ever, there are petty squabbles within the congregation as well as some more serious problems, and during the year they have t ...more
May 21, 2010 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had the boxset of the first 6 of this series for ages - but my TBR being what it is they keep being over looked. This one is number 5. My sister said this was her favourite of the first 6,and it might be mine too - I can't decide.

In this installment we find the adorable father Tim, and his wife Cynthia leaving MItford for a while to take up an interim position in another parish, the island parish of Whitecap. They take Barnabas the dog and Violet the cat but Father Tim's adopted son Doole
Dawn Michelle
Its funny. This book doesn't spend much time in Mitford, though the characters permeate the whole novel, and yet it has to be one of my favorite of the series. You really get to see Father Tim and Cynthia and how they work together and how they truly love whatever flock they are given. Its an amazing story and I am drawn to it over and over again.



I love this book. Totally. Every time I read this I either learn somet
Aug 26, 2016 Laura rated it liked it
I was so worried when I read that this book is NOT set in Mitford. Would I like it as well? Oh my goodness, yes! There are just as many adventures and quirky characters on White Cap, and they are well done. While I loved this book as much as the previous installments in the series, I'm giving it just three stars because I'm really peeved about the ending and how it leaves one major story point completely unresolved. COMPLETELY! But still worth the time!
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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 11 books)
  • At Home in Mitford (Mitford Years, #1)
  • A Light in the Window (Mitford Years, #2)
  • These High, Green Hills (Mitford Years #3)
  • Out to Canaan (Mitford Years, #4)
  • A Common Life: The Wedding Story (Mitford Years, #6)
  • In This Mountain (Mitford Years, #7)
  • Shepherds Abiding (Mitford Years, #8)
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