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A Light in the Window by Jan Karon
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Jun 06, 2012

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Read in September, 2004

Reading A Light in the Window is a bit like catching up on gossip from your hometown. The going is slow, and you get lots of tidbits about people you don't ever think about between visits. While the overall effect is still a warm glow and you're happy to hear the latest about the people you really care about, you still wish your maiden Aunt Isabel would get to the point a bit faster and not get mired in minutia.

Also, Father Tim can be a lot like a dithering Hamlet in priestly garments, and he can be such a doormat! He undergoes some needless discomfiture because he either doesn't think it through or he doesn't know his own mind.

A Light in the Window, like its predecessor, is a sentimentalized account of life in a North Carolina mountain town. People are kinder and race relations better than anywhere in the real South. However, if you can get past that -- and the overly leisurely pace -- you'll enjoy Jan Karon's second installment in the much-adored Mitford series.

It's a bit slow for me to say that the books are great, but all three of my sisters-in-law love them and can't wait for the next one. It's a good enough read, but I wish Jan Karon would pick up the pace a bit and not drag every episode out. Less can be more.

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