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In This Mountain (Mitford Years #7)

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  11,717 Ratings  ·  302 Reviews
The seventh novel of Karon's beloved series is now available in paperback. Father Tim and Cynthia are back home in Mitford, where they find change in the air: a haircut price war that takes no prisoners and a risky new menu item at the Grill.
Paperback, 488 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Penguin Books (first published 2002)
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May 24, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jen by: Lori Nettnin
I found myself reading this book a little bit slower than the others. Often because I know the Scripture the author is quoting, I sort of rush through it. This time I took the time to read it fully, more slowly, and grab the context of how it fits within the situation in the story.

Maybe because I read this one a little more slowly, I found that I enjoyed this book more than some of the others. I like how things are going for Father Tim, for Dooley, for Cynthia, for Hope, for George. I'm not sure
Aug 01, 2009 Gretchen rated it really liked it
Whenever my life gets too busy, I'm drawn to simple books. Not simple in terms of writing - bodice rippers are for cold winter nights - but simple in terms of plot. This summer, Mitford has been a great source of comfort.

In this installment, Father Tim is dealing with life after retirment, and finding it not exactly to his liking. While some of the conflict in this novel is a little too black-and-white to my liking, I really appreciated seeing how several characters were approaching faith. and
Mike (the Paladin)
I'm not going to rate this book...I'll explain why.

I noted in an earlier review that many consider these "women's books". I questioned what makes a book a "woman's book"? Then I found A Common Life: The Wedding Story, the wedding book and I couldn't take it. So I guess I may have gotten my answer though some may not agree. To me that book was so totally an emotional story it seemed estrogen soaked. I put it aside and didn't try to rate or review it. I figured, "hey I get it, some people just wan
Dec 17, 2011 Bill rated it really liked it
I had started reading Jan Karon's Mitford Series on her eighth and ninth releases ("Shepherds Abiding" and "Light From Heaven"), not realizing at the time it was a series. I loved the entire series and began reading the others in order. Problem was, I had several unanswered questions from the two books I listed. This was the last one in the series that I had not read and it tied all of the unanswered questions together.

I believe Jan Karon is a brilliant writer with a true understanding of peopl
Nov 02, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed all 6 of the previous Mitford books but this one is my favorite for so many reasons. There were too many wonderful messages & lessons to share them all but all basically saying "count your blessings", "stop and smell the roses", "listen that you may hear"...

-The joy of receiving a brief phone call from your grown child sharing a momentous event
-Why does it take an accident or illness to slow us down enough to appreciate the people, places & events around us?
-The love and c
Aug 03, 2016 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Library copy. Mitford series #7.

Love this series. And I probably say this every time, this title is better than the last, deeper, more moving, more engaging, inspiring.

My favorite characters in this title (beside Father Tim and Barnabas) are Uncle Billy, Buck Leeper and Dooley Barlow. I was not so keen on Hope and Helene, and there seem to be more protagonists in this one.

The crux of the story, which I won't spoil but it involves a Stop sign, is so well done and realistic and makes the reader
Joy Gerbode
Feb 04, 2015 Joy Gerbode rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I love this entire series, this is the BEST. I LOVE the Father's message on giving thanks, and want to commit the entire message to memory so I can remind myself daily. I have also been further encouraged to take care of my own diabetes due to Father Tim's struggle with the dreaded disease. This is absolutely a wonderful book of inspiration, both spiritually, and healthwise.
This is one of my favorite in the series. I like the balance of plot and character, humor and pathos. We enough of the minor characters - including Dooley - to make me happy but the focus is still firmly on Father Tim. In this book Father Tim and Cynthia are back in Mitford and everything looks rosy. They're preparing to head to rural Tennessee to work with children, Dooley is finishing his first year of college, George (from the first book) is being released from prison - it all looks fine. But ...more
Camilla Tilly
I never thought that I would rate a Jan Karon this poorly but this book just made me depressed and I wanted it to end as soon as possible.

Father Tim is nearing 70 and he has diabetes type 2. Still he does not do anything to preserve his life. He is packing his things to go to the mountains in Tennessee with his wife Cynthia where they will live in a hut with cement floor and try to be an inspiration to children and youth in that area. But they never get there. He doesn't exercise, he doesn't eat
Oct 03, 2011 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, christian, 2011
I love my visits to Mitford.

Fr. Tim hits a particular dark time in relation to his diabetes regimen. We all do it in our own way - I feel fine and don't want to be tied down to things I "Have To Do" in order to live. Freedom from specific diets, freedom from specific exercise regimens or a day without meds that in themselves may cause problems. Then we go on that eating binge, stop exercising for a while or make up our own meds schedule without the Dr's official okey dokey and the darkness lurk
Feb 12, 2015 Janice rated it liked it
I last visited Mitford over seven years ago. The truth be told, I thought I had completed the series with A New Song, Father Tim's retirement and interm on the isle of Whitecap. It was a pleasant surprise to discover I had missed more adventures with my old friends.

Well, seven years is a long time to be apart. People change. Was it me? Had my tastes changed? Or was it Ms. Karon's writing? I found I had to push myself to get through the first third of the book. Then, for whatever reason, perhaps
Cindy Macbeth
Jul 19, 2011 Cindy Macbeth rated it really liked it
This is the seventh book in the Mitford Years series.
Loved this book just as much as the first 6 books.
The book is centered around Father Tim the now retired
Pastor and the town of Mitford.
Shows all the ups and downs of life and the wonderful
quirky people that are Father Tim's friends and family.
Aug 18, 2010 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: k-l-m
A wonderful book just like her others! It makes you feel like you live with the characters.
Jan 03, 2015 Deb rated it really liked it
slightly new setting; a good mixture of old & new characters; still wonderful comfort & inspiration
Winter Sophia Rose
Dec 15, 2015 Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing
Emotional, Enriching & Powerful! An Outstanding, Warm Read! I Loved It!
Lynne Ward
Feb 28, 2011 Lynne Ward rated it liked it
I continue to really like this series. Down to earth, a renewal of faith, a quiet reflection.
Jan 08, 2017 Lori rated it really liked it
I think this is my favorite Mitford book so far.
Jan 03, 2017 Christi rated it liked it
Shelves: mitford-series
Listened to this one
E.A. Lawrence
Nov 02, 2016 E.A. Lawrence rated it liked it
It was nice to see Father Tim walk through the valley of the shadow, it helped give me some hope.
Elaine Mulligan
Sep 12, 2014 Elaine Mulligan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
** received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads **

I became a Mitford, North Carolina "the little town with the big heart" addict 20 years ago and can't wait to get my hands on the 10th in the series. #7 in the series is titled IN THIS MOUNTAIN and begins 3 years after the end of book #6. Father Tim is turning 70 and none too pleased by it (the diabetic blackouts would make be a bit negative too). The whole series is consistent in packing an emotional punch or a laugh out loud moment.
Mary Sewell
Oct 08, 2016 Mary Sewell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: father-tim
Will Waller
Hard to remember this one - I think the issue was another Edith Mallory problem? I appreciate that they stayed in Mitford for this one. On to the next one!

Again, this is because a church member bought me the entire set!
Susan Miller
Sep 25, 2016 Susan Miller rated it really liked it
Of the 7 Mitford books I've read, this might be the favorite. A bit less humorous and lighthearted than the others, but a beautifully laid story about wrestling with purpose and life change in later years while simultaneously wrestling with the realities of the physical aging process.
She leaves us with two poignant ideas.
Never give up. Always give thanks.
Jan 17, 2015 Kris rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it
I'm marking this down one star, for two items, which I will get to in a moment. First of all, let me say that I really love the Mitford series, as a whole. It is comfort reading of the best kind: likable characters, problems that are usually solved satisfactorily, and an overall feeling of goodwill, which pervades the whole series. I love the relationship between Cynthia and Father Tim, and I really enjoy how faith is simply a part of these people's lives. These are characters you will enjoy spe ...more
Sep 21, 2016 Trish rated it liked it
This will be my last Mitford series book. Even though it's filled with scripture the theme of choosing which scripture to obey and which scripture is okay to ignore means it's time for us to part ways.

John 14:15
Sep 20, 2016 KateMoxie rated it really liked it
Different from my usual choices, but I recalled reading a number of the Mitford books years ago. This was just what I needed - slower pace and positivity.
May 25, 2009 Elaine rated it liked it
Shelves: audio

Father Tim is back home in Mitford! I've been looking forward to catching up with the town folk there, however Father Tim is restless and planning an interim stay to serve in Tennessee. He's still looking for Dooley's missing siblings, Sam and Kenny, and invokes the help of Emma Newland who is now using a laptop computer and trying to convince Father Tim to purchase one for himself. He's thinking that if they locate Dooley's father, he might have an idea where his siblings are. Doole
Oct 27, 2014 D.D.D. rated it it was amazing
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Joyce Lagow
Jun 24, 2011 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-edition

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

Father Tim, in his usual role of Saving the World, has too much to do, he thinks, to worry much about keeping to his diebetic diet. Plus he’s resentful of the disease, that prevents him from eating the food he wants. So, he goes on an eating binge; the results are somber, as in a diabetic crisis, he blacks out at the wheel of his car, and a tragic accident occurs. Obsessed with what he feels is his responsibility AND with what the townspe
Jan 25, 2008 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the seventh novel in Jan Karon's 'Mitford' series about the Episcopal priest, Father Tim. Set in a small village in a mountain in the south of the USA, it's a delightful series with cleverly drawn characters, light humour, and some moving moments too.

This book takes place more than a year after the previous one. Tim is now well-established as a retired priest, and his wife Cynthia continues to write successful children's books although she keeps intending to stop. They have been trying t
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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 New Song (Mitford Years, #5)
  • A Common Life: The Wedding Story (Mitford Years, #6)
  • Shepherds Abiding (Mitford Years, #8)
  • Light from Heaven (Mitford Years, #9)
  • Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good (Mitford Years, #10)
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