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These High, Green Hills (Mitford Years #3)

4.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,997 Ratings  ·  401 Reviews
Mitford rector Father Tim faces the new challenges of matirmony after he marries his vivacious Cynthia, from the trials and tribulations of the parish's new computer, to redecorating the rectory, to his dog's new sleeping arrangements.
ebook, 368 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Penguin Books (first published August 1st 1995)
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Mike (the Paladin)
I worked 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 int
Jun 28, 2012 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dawn Teresa
Jan 01, 2014 Dawn Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
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
Excellent. Enjoyed each moment of this story. After I read these books the first time, we went to North Carolina for a sabbatical. So many years later we've just planned a return trip to the Asheville area—right as I'm rereading the books. Not a coincidence:)
Feb 18, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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Delores Thomas
Mar 28, 2015 Delores Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story completely. I have just discovered this series. Each one has a wonderful theme of faith and redemption. Father Tim quotes many inspirational songs, verses and other things. That is the main reason I enjoy these books.
Feb 17, 2011 Dianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 06, 2011 Autumn rated it really liked it  ·  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
Feb 24, 2014 Mindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-lit
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
Rick Boyer
I know that a lot of people love Jan Karon... and this story was okay, as a story. But it was just way too syrupy, schmaltzy, and sentimental for me. Father Timothy Kavanaugh sounds like a nice guy; but his ministry is really a textbook recipe for severe clergy burnout. He's supposed to be a simple country parson... but in reality he's superman. And a real-life pastor wouldn't last a year doing what he does, with a smile and no complaints. I know, I know, Mitford is supposed to be a special kind ...more
Jun 06, 2014 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lucy Megronigle
Dec 06, 2014 Lucy Megronigle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading the Mitford books, I didn't really think I would like them all that much. The first one was OK, and relaxing to read, especially after some of these violent murder mysteries or complex political books. Now I am on my third one and thoroughly enjoying the slower paced life of a small New England town. Once you get to know most of the townspeople, it is somehow soothing to return to them and take a peek at how they are doing. In this one, Father Tim has married his neighbor ...more
Oct 01, 2012 Dawna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Giving all MItford books a 5* from now on. Read them all at least 4 times. Guess I kinda like 'em!
R J Mckay
Jun 23, 2014 R J Mckay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I've always said that I could just pack my bags and move to Middle Earth. BUT, it I wasn't in the mood to trek through Mordor and slay Nazgul, well then I'd happily move to Mitford! This is now my favorite little town ever. Love it. In this third book, Father Tim (which is hilarious because my pastor is Pastor Tim!!! ) is now married to his energetic neighbor and dealing with the continued construction of a nursing home and missing Dooley who's away at school. And once again, the citizens of Mit ...more
Mar 17, 2016 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Mitford series does not disappoint. A good read for a quiet time and now in the midst of political and public uproar , this series has a calming effect. I wish that I could move to a real Mitford! And have Father Tim as a priest in a calm parish without all of the controversy that even the church universal is experiencing - to quote "Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven, to earth come down, fix in us Thy humble dwelling, all Thy faithful mercies crown. Jesus , Th ...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
I just can't figure this series out! When I'm not actually reading one, I'm happy to write them off as pure fluff. Brain candy. Or, a better description I saw on Shelfari, comfort reading.

And I was dreading this one (read for a book club) because I knew some very silly things happen in the plot. The characters, although pleasant, are not well developed and almost cartoony. So why do I enjoy the read so much and even find myself close to tears in a couple of places? I suppose one can have a taste
Dec 30, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 28, 2015 Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
Library copy. Third in the Mitford series.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading These High, Green Hills. I love where the title comes into the story, just once I believe, near the end, although it is no secret. It is amazing that the reader can come to know so many varied characters so well in the course of reading this author's books. I love the consistent viewpoint of Father Tim. And I love not having to read first person in order to have it so.

One might assume that this is light reading. It is not. Th
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Kristi Marion
Mar 16, 2011 Kristi Marion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Enjoy the easy simple life in these books and the loving relationship between Father Tim and his new wife Cynthia especially with learning to live with another person. Missed the humor of Dooley with him being away at school, also not as much humor from Miss Sadie but that was explained by the end. Enjoyed reading about the camping/cave experience, liked the men at the Grill and their interest in J.C.'s love life. Will be interested to see what happens to Lacey and the new nursing home.
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
Pamela Shropshire
I think this is the best book of the series. The characters are fully developed by now and new ones have been introduced which keeps the story fresh.

Father Tim and Cynthia have married; Dooley is being educated at a private school by Sadie Baxter; Hope House is being built; Puny has twins. Sadie Baxter dies; Dooley's mother and one brother surfaces although Pauline is badly burned; and Father Tim and Cynthia meet Lace Turner, an abused girl from the Creek.

As always, a heart-warming, life-confirm
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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)
  • 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)
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