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These High, Green Hills (Mitford Years #3)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  10,665 ratings  ·  294 reviews
In These High, Green Hills we're once again in Mitford, a southern village of local characters so heartwarming and hilarious you'll wish you lived right next door. At last, Mitford's rector and lifelong bachelor, Father Tim, has married his talented and vivacious neighbor, Cynthia. Now, of course, they must face love's challenges: new sleeping arrangements for Father Tim's...more
Paperback, 333 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Penguin Books (first published 1996)
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I cannot get enough of this series. After I finish each volume, I am so eager to begin the next one. Karon's eclectic Mitford characters have definitely captured my attention and I realize that I am seriously invested in what becomes of them. I admire Karon's apt ability to keep the stock characters engaging - the story lines have remained fresh and animated and the additions of new characters are lively and anticipated. I feel like I currently truly know these people.
In this volume, I found Fan...more
Dawn Teresa
Originally posted on my blog, Read Love.

Ah, Mitford! You are such a breath of small-town fresh air!

If you are unfamiliar with the Mitford Years series, you need to start at the beginning, At Home in Mitford. These books, which follow life in a sleepy North Carolina town, are told from the point of view of Father Tim, the rector of Lord's Chapel. Much like an easy chair or an old sweater, this series is a cozy delight. You'll not find arresting intrigue, high drama, or pulse-quickening action in...more
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Mike (the Paladin)
I work for years in a situation where I spent hours in driving so I often I listened to books on tape or CD.

I mentioned before that I was surprised that i got into these books. I have noted that most of the reviewers of these are women (no surprise. Had I not been desperate for something to listen to i would probably never have tried them). Yes they are Christian in content, but they don't get preachy. Yes we do follow Father Tim and his (new) wife and his shaggy dog, but they don't slump into...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...more
In this book, Father Tim is married to Cynthia at last. She is moving into his home and now he has to learn about sharing space with her.

Dooley reaches a very hard decision regarding his life's journey. Father Tim has grown to love Dooley as though he were his own son.

Father Tim and his secretary Emma are introduced to the world of computers. This leads to a few laughs when they venture forward with this.

In this book we will meet new characters, or as I call them friends. One of these is Lacey...more
Apr 06, 2011 Autumn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Heather, Kathy
Sweet, humorous, and believable as always. And it's always nice to read of people who share your religious tendencies and pray for guidance, safety, and the joy of people just like you do. Mitford feels like your hometown and the characters like old friends. Karon skillfully helps us welcome new characters and say goodbye to old friends while still keeping the feel of the Mitford family. Nice to read such a good, clean book where good and normal things happen to good, decent, normal people who y...more
Like the second book, this one is not nearly as good as the first, but Father Tim is a little more likeable. The books have been getting more religious, and by the middle of this one, I realized I was reading something overtly religious every page or two. Much prefered simply reading about Father Tim's kindness, love, and friendships in the first book, which really is much of religion already (and in my mind far more applicable and inspiring to all). Like the second, this third book doesn't show...more
I love Father Tim and all his cohorts there on Mitford. I find myself loving his parishioners like they are from my own congregation, mourning when they mourn, and feeling joy for those that have triumphed! Great read.
In These High, Green Hills, Father Tim and Cynthia newlyweds, with all the wonder, adjustments and craziness that goes along with it. There are several moments where both of them grow closer together, revealing more of their fears and hopes. The poignancy of these moments are deep and moving. We especially see a lot of growth and development in our main character. An unplanned flight in a little two man plane, an accidental fall into a cave, and a sudden goodbye to a dear friend. Whoever said th...more
Giving all MItford books a 5* from now on. Read them all at least 4 times. Guess I kinda like 'em!
R J Mckay
I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review.

Slipping into the pages of "These High, green Hills" is like returning to your home town: the characters are believable and the plot claims your heart. In this book, we follow the lives of newly married Father Tim and his bride Cynthia as they adjusts to married life. Old characters pop up for a visit and life goes on in the little town of Mitford. And I loved T.D.A.!

Reading Jan Karon's books remind me of sitting on a front porch, surr...more
This is the third book in this series, and with each book I am more engaged with these characters and their stories. I have listened to the books on audio, and the reader is great at giving each different person in the story a voice that fits with the wonderful characterizations developed by the author. The setting is a small town in North Carolina, and pastor Tim Kavanaugh strives to serve all the community, whether members of his church or not; he is very much a part of their joys, sorrows, an...more
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Kristi Marion
The Mitford books are charming books about the small town life of Father Tim in a fictional town in the mountains of Western North Carolina. We meet Father Tim in his twilight years as he works in this Southern community chock full of country "characters" that will make you smile. Along the way, he adopts a cantankerous young boy, finds romance and helps friends with problems.

This is the third book in a series of nine and as the book tries to cover the span of a year, it felt a little more rush...more
This was the third of Jan Karon's Mitford books to be written, but the fourth chronologically. It begins shortly after Father Timothy and Cynthia have been married, and focuses on their first year of marriage. As with the other books there's plenty of interaction with friends and parishioners, but there's also an increased development of Father Tim's character and more glimpses of his past.

There are also forays into the 'Creek' community of forgotten, impoverished families, and a surprise for Do...more
Christian Singer
With wit and a keen skill for making everyday life fun and interesting, Jan Karon created a small town that's so alive the characters and their everyday lives are so real. Father Tim and Cynthia's interactions are cute and their love for and dedication to the townspeople is heart-warming. Everyone that Father Tim told about getting a new computer system told him how horrible computers are. I liked that because computers are frustrating. Stumbling through the cave gave Fr. Tim a new perspective....more
Kris Irvin
This book totally fits in with my theory that each book is a separate chapter in one giant novel. If you read book 1, it's ridiculously boring and nothing happens because it's the first chapter. Book 3 is the middle and it has just started to get interesting.

I couldn't put this book down, once I got to the middle of it (the first half was good, but not super compelling.) Once I was in the middle of things, though, I basically stayed up all night reading. A lot happens in this book - way more th...more
There is little more to be said here, that I did not already say in my reviews of book one , At Home in Mitford (AHIM); and book two , A Light in the Window, (ALIW).

The only thing which continues to need addressing is whether or not this one is equal to, or better than, AHIM and ALIW. After all, sequels often do not meet the standard, or quality, that the original books make. In this instance, I can say without a doubt that this book is just as good as AHIM. It continues to be seamless just as A...more
I read the book. *I am presently listening to the audio version.

Father Tim and Cynthia are settling in to married life together. They are keeping both residences. Cynthia will continue to work out of the yellow house while they live at the rectory.

When Dooley came home from school on break, Father Tim and Cynthia notice something isn't right with him.

Miss Sadie is still driving on curbs. She and Louella move into Olivia's house (where no one is living).

There is talk about Max Stroupe running...more
I actually read the book to see what Pastor Tim and his new wife Cynthia would be up to after they got married.

Turns out, this is probably the most eventful book of this rather sedate but charming series about an older confirmed bachelor pastor in a small town who changes his life by getting married to his next-door neighbor.

There's a new teen in this book who becomes beloved of our heroes. There's also a lot going on with Dooley, the talented teen from the wrong side of the tracks, who gets inf...more
I believe this is the 3rd book in this series and would probably be best to read them from the beginning. But you can read them as stand alone novels. Good Christian story which follows the lives of families living in small town Mitford. A great read!

FTC disclosure: I received this book free from goodreads hoping I would review it.
Favorite lines:
1. "Your friends will betray you. Not all your friends, but some . . . That's life. Let it teach you this: You mustn't betray your friends. Ever" (59).
2. "We look for visions of heaven . . . and we never dream that all the time God is in the commonplace things and people around us" (86).
3. "Only he who gives thanks for little things receives the big things . . . When we view the little things with thanksgiving, even they become big things" (87).
4. "It's not having someone to love...more
This is the third book in this series, and with each book I am more engaged with the characters and their individual stories. The setting is a small town in North Carolina, and Father Tim Kavanaugh strives to serve all the community, whether members of his church or not; he is very much a part of their joys, sorrows, and daily lives. Father Tim feels that he is not doing enough to reach those who live at “the Creek”, although he and his wife are raising a young boy from there, he has found a hom...more
I love this series especially this book. I laughed some and shed a few tears.
Yes these are "feel good" books. but the world we live in today, we could do with
some feel good moments
I'm enjoying the young characters, Dooley and Lace, best by Book #3 in the series, as they seem to offer a bit more complexity than the older townspeople. It feels a bit like watching a gentle situation comedy on TV ... quirky day-to-day life, interspersed with an occasional more pressing problem. Gentle humor, continues to entertain.
Sixty something Father Tim Kavanaugh finds himself dealing with his new status as a happily married man. His charming and loving bride takes it upon herself to redesign his bachelor pad into a Tuscan inspired retreat.
In addition to adjusting to his new life style Father Tim has to meet the challenges of his calling;the introduction of the computer age into the everyday functioning of his church office, coming to terms with the Creek area with it's poverty and violence, and overcoming his long he...more
Each book in this series gets better. Immerse yourself in the world of Mitford and let your cares fall away.
Keri Daskam
So far this was my favorite of the Mitford books- by far. It has a depth and resonance that the others lack.
The best part about the Mitford series so far, is the characterization. In the typical way of small towns, some people stick out and grab attention, and some pass by on the street for months before you notice them. There are some major transitions for Mitford people within the story, some losses and several personal challenges for Father Tim. But one of the key constants is Father Tim's faith,and his ablity to show how it's an active faith, not merely something that happens on Sundays. A great s...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.

At 18, Karon began working as a receptionist for...more
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