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Light from Heaven (Mitford Years #9)

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,655 Ratings  ·  344 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!
Jan 15, 2013 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 c ...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 a ...more
Aug 27, 2012 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 Mckinn ...more
Britt Griffith
Apr 09, 2009 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
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!
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
Aug 12, 2014 Virginia rated it it was amazing
Earlier this year, my book club chose Jan Karon's first novel about Mitford for our June discussion. I had read it before - many times - and looked forward to another reading. Once I had finished, I just kept going, reading all the books about Father Timothy Kavanaugh and life in the mountains of North Carolina. No matter how many times I have read them, they are like a small vacation from everyday life.

Light from Heaven takes Father Tim and his wife, Cynthia, and an assortment of characters, bo
Feb 17, 2009 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!
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.
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.
Gerald Matzke
Apr 20, 2016 Gerald Matzke rated it really liked it
I have had the opportunity to read the Mitford series in order. That being said, I have to say that this one was the most enjoyable. The challenge of restarting a mountain church that had been closed for decades presented Father Tim with many new characters that filled his life again after his retirement. Many mysteries were resolved during the course of this book but they were done in such a way that made you want to read on to see what would happen next. It was mentioned that this was the last ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Jim rated it liked it
I dislike admitting that I read this soap opera series, but the characters cling to me. I believe this is the best of the nine I've read so far.

Fr. Kavanagh's second assignment after his retirement is rich and deep. I believe his work here is even better than his sixteen years at Lord's Chapel.

Ms. Karon is an expert weaver of plot lines. Her themes are always the same but her plots come and go, often of the years and often without the reader aware that she's building them.

Her characters are no
Barbara Loggia
Oct 21, 2015 Barbara Loggia rated it really liked it
This is the last of the Mitford series for Father Tim and his wife. They are spending the year at a small mountain village re-opening the church that has been inactive without a priest for 45 years. The town is very small but Fr Tim gets to every parishioner past and new to create a wonderful church community. He finds a mother and son who have been overseeing this building and keeping it in great condition-the first of many happy surprises that strengthens Fr Tim's faith and enjoyment of his sh ...more
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!
Aug 23, 2011 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.
Sep 13, 2008 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.
Mar 15, 2009 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.
Aug 30, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it
This was very good but it seemed a little "wordy" because Karon kept reiterating things from previous books so that someone reading this one without the eight that came before it would understand what was going on. Personally I think that by the time you've reached #9 in a series you should give it up & depend on the reader to catch up on the happenings of the previous 8 by reading them. This would prevent having the faithful readers go all cross-eyed with boredom caused by endless explanati ...more
Dec 24, 2015 Bjipson rated it liked it
Jan Karon's Mitford books are heavy on the preaching, but that's not surprising, given that the main character is a preacher. I do like the way she weaves several characters' stories together, and I actually love the setting of a small town. The characters are a little hard to believe, but she does give them flaws that help me get past that. Having started a book about a school shooting, I needed something that would have a positive feel, and these books certainly provide that. I'm glad I re-rea ...more
Mar 09, 2015 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Another precious addition to Mitford, Light from Heaven introduced me to some of my favorite new characters. Agnes with her painstakingly told story reminded me of Sadie Baxter's and presented me with cherished memories of both godly women. I adored Rooter, the uncouth little boy who reminded me so much of Dooley in his early days. Plus, Father Tim finally seemed to find a peace and balance in his retirement, caring for a the little mountain congregation of Holy Trinity. Even though he found thi ...more
Apr 22, 2009 Elaine rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
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Jan 26, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it
This is the last in the Mitford Series. Father Timothy Kavanagh is an Episcopal priest living in Mitford, NC.

While anticipating retirement and a trip to Ireland with his wife Cynthia he is asked to farm sit for several months while the owners, the local Vet, and his wife are away.

Though not officially retired, his Bishop asks him to resurect an old country church that hasn't been used in years. With the help of the townsfolk and his wife he brings the church back to life and helps to improve the
Oct 14, 2008 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
May 28, 2013 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 Fath ...more
Jan 25, 2008 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 - a ...more
Joyce Lagow
Jun 25, 2011 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
Dec 03, 2012 Marissa rated it it was ok
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Mar 28, 2013 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
Mar 11, 2010 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 incredib ...more
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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)
  • 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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“If thou indeed derive thy light from Heaven, Then, to the measure of that heaven-born light, Shine, Poet! In thy place, and be content. . . —WILLIAM WORDSWORTH” 2 likes
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