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Light from Heaven (Mitford Years #9)

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  9,911 Ratings  ·  371 Reviews
It's never too late.

Father Tim Kavanagh has been asked to "come up higher" more than once. But he's never been asked to do the impossible-until now. The retired Episcopal priest takes on the revival of a mountain church that's been closed for forty years. Meanwhile, in Mitford, he's sent on a hunt for hidden treasure, and two beloved friends are called to come up higher.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published 2005)
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Joy Gerbode
Feb 09, 2015 Joy Gerbode rated it it was amazing
Wow ... a new favorite poet (Wordsworth) and many new favorite moments. I absolutely LOVED this book (even more than some of the others) and I don't think I read it with the rest of the series many years ago. The wonders of God's love, the blessings of the Lenten season, all these have come home to me as "new" truths ... though I've known them for years. I feel a spiritual renewal beginning to work in my own life, and I'm loving it!
May 17, 2014 Gwen rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Apr 02, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it
Lovely, warm story with characters that are like family - this is another excellent installment in the Mitford series. Just right for reading around the Easter season (or any time really). The story begins just before Easter when Father Tim is asked to get a small country church restarted. Tim and Cynthia are living on Meadowgate farm while the owners are away for a year when he's asked to be vicar at Holy Trinity, a small church tucked on the mountainside. There are new characters (Miss Agnes ...more
Britt Griffith
May 17, 2014 Britt Griffith rated it it was amazing
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
May 17, 2014 Melinda rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Aug 21, 2016 Joyce rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Public library copy. This is #9 in the Mitford series, which I love, about the year Father Tim and Cynthia spent 'farm-sitting'.

While there were a few rough edges to this house-sitting setup, the story rang as true as ever for the Kavanagh clan. My favorites in this edition are Sammy Barlowe, his brother Dooley, and JC the Mitford Muse editor. There are many new characters in this book, many of whom are quite interesting, and it is jam packed with activity. More than one chapter produced tears.
Jan 02, 2015 Joy rated it it was amazing
This is the last in a series of books about the life of priest in a small town--Mitford. I love the relaxing reassuring tone of these books. I come away uplifted and edified as well as entertained. The characters are my age, facing some of the same problems and joys I face. The values are my values. Prayer is a daily part of Father Kavanagh's life and when he is really serious about something he prays "the prayer that never fails"--Thy will not mine be done. What's not to like? There are a few I ...more
May 17, 2014 Krystal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-books
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!
Hank Pharis
Jul 11, 2015 Hank Pharis rated it really liked it
This may be the best of the 8 books in this series that I have read thus far. I think the reason this series is so popular is that it portrays life more like it ought to be. Mitford is not a perfect place and none of the characters are perfect. However things are so much better than they usually are that they touch our longings for this life to be better than it normally is.
May 17, 2014 Barbara rated it it was amazing
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.
May 17, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 13, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing
When I read this, we believed it was the last Mitford novel (thank goodness she changed her mind and has allowed us to visit in Mitford again!). I savored each and every word and took the journey with Father Tim. The whole series is a must read!
May 17, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-the-past
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.
Winter Sophia Rose
Dec 15, 2015 Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing
Adventure, Love, Laughter, Tears & Fulfilling! An Excellent Light & Peaceful Series! I Loved It...Book After Book After Book!
Dec 30, 2014 Rosanne rated it liked it
Shelves: gentle-reads
I enjoy these books, and I am excited to read Jan Karon's latest book.
Will Waller
Oct 28, 2016 Will Waller rated it really liked it
Probably the longest Mitford book so far. This one really drug along in the middle for me because it was a whole host of new characters plus the old characters. Karon does a fine job of developing her writing style in this one. She actually uses three cuss words in the book! Who'd a thunk it!

Favorite sections were the list of jokes throughout - very funny ones!

The relationship with Sammy is a good one that develops with a great ending for him.

Wish there was more on the Lace/Dooley relationship
E.A. Lawrence
Nov 26, 2016 E.A. Lawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another beautiful entry in the Mitford saga filled with love, loss, abiding faith, and forgiveness. And lots of food.
Marc Fry
Nov 09, 2016 Marc Fry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are always reliable, comfort reading. Love them.
Vicky Lee
Oct 17, 2016 Vicky Lee rated it really liked it
Always enjoy the series books of Mitford.
Mary Sewell
Oct 08, 2016 Mary Sewell rated it really liked it
Shelves: father-tim
Loved it!
Oct 01, 2016 Frances rated it it was amazing
Delightful as ever!! On to book 10 with a happy heart!
May 17, 2014 Poiema rated it really liked it
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
Sep 28, 2016 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
So far, this is probably my favorite of the Mitford Series with Father Timothy Kavanaugh and his wife, Cynthia and now their son, Dooley. I can't wait until the next book.
May 17, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 - ...more
May 17, 2014 Elaine rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
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Sep 12, 2016 Janice rated it really liked it
In this outing, Father Tim and his wife Cynthia move to a farm in the mountains of western North Carolina; they are tending this farm while the owner and his wife spend a year in Europe. While living there, Father Tim becomes the rector of a small long abandoned church, and begins to meet and minister to the people who live in these remote hollows and hills. As he makes his rounds, many new characters are introduced, but also the old favorites are back, as Father Tim still makes frequent ...more
Joyce Lagow
May 17, 2014 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-edition
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
May 17, 2014 Joan rated it really liked it
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 ...more
May 17, 2014 Jodi rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
May 17, 2014 Sonia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational, audio, 2013
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
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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
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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)
  • In This Mountain (Mitford Years, #7)
  • Shepherds Abiding (Mitford Years, #8)
  • Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good (Mitford Years, #10)
  • Come Rain or Come Shine (Mitford Years, #11)

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