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At Home in Mitford

(Mitford Years #1)

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  53,251 Ratings  ·  3,093 Reviews
Enter the world of Mitford, and you won't want to leave.

It's easy to feel at home in Mitford. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable.

Yet, Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won't go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a pat
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Paperback, 413 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by RiverOak Publishing (first published 1994)
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8) Sheperds Abiding
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Madelyn
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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"My friend, if you keep your eyes on Christians, you will be disappointed every day of your life. Your hope is to keep your eyes on Christ"

The beauty of this series is how entertained you can be by a small town's antics. They never cease to make me smile. From the quirky little boy to the smart-mouthed secretary to the dog who makes his way into your heart, this book is packed to the rim with excitement - in the exact
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Katie
Jan 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Tatie frowed up.

Oh yes, Mitford is a lovely, sweet, Christian town, where they've kicked all the poor people out into the country so they don't have to look at them. When someone tells Father Tim that there is suffering in town that he can't imagine, Tim's response is "And I don't want to know." And after 12 years of so-called ministry in this burg, he manages not to know about any problem that doesn't absolutely flatten him. A little boy comes to live with him--he's told that the mother is sick
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Marianne
Feb 03, 2008 rated it did not like it
I have to break up with this book. While the main character doesn't seem to have a "fatal flaw", the book does. It is too nice. Strolls in the warm sunshine, rosebushes, and hot cups of coffee... Others have called it a 'cozy read.' I just can't take it. To the author Jan Karon I say, "It's not you--it's me."
Sue
Aug 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I never would have been drawn to these books had I not been desperate for a book to read and finding little in the way of selection in a hospital gift store... I was in a period of feeling quite low with yet another medical challenge to face with our son. If you are dealing with a "winter" season or you know someone who is--run, don't walk to the nearest bookstore and buy Karon's books. Authentic characters, heart warming stories and uplifting messages leaving you a better person for having read ...more
Raquel
Jun 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was SO delightful - it is nice to sit down with a book that you know will not offend. I am working on finishing up the series - I highly recommend this book.

pg. 141 Psalm 68: "Blessed by the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits."

pg.152 "Whatever your hand finds to do, do ith with all your might!" he quoted cheerfully from Ecclesiastes.

pg. 165 "Do you like the fall of the year?"
The man gave an odd laugh. "Why?"
"One of the things that makes a dead leaf fall to the ground
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Sarah Grace
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 13+ for mild language and mature themes
This book is amazing! I absolutely love Jan Karon's writing style. Each of the characters feel so real and have so much depth, yet there is no "back story dump" Simplistic and to the point. So encouraging. This is a book I have read 4 or 5 times, and I keep coming back to it! Honestly the best piece of fiction I have ever read! I cannot sing its praises enough. The beautiful themes of grace, mercy and God's goodness are simply and engagingly put, and oh so inspiring!

I would recommend it for age
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Lynai
Feb 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The characters in Mitford are mostly lovable, even Homeless Hobbes, and the love stories are a delight to read. One thing I have observed is that except maybe for Dooley, the 11-year old boy left under the care of Father Tim, all the other characters are adults, most are elderly. But one just has to laugh at their childlike personalities. I am reminded of the Anne of Green Gables series while reading this book. I don’t know why. Maybe it is because the characters are easy to fall in love with an ...more
R.F. Gammon {hiatus}
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This is not a book I can review in the normal fashion.

Goodreads is saying I've read it twice, this being my second time. That is a blatant falsehood.

My mother first gave this book to me when I was nine or ten. I was firmly convinced even at the time that if she remembered some of the thematic material it contained--especially in books 2 and 3--she would never, ever have given it to me. But she did, and I read it, and I loved it.

Especially since I found it at the time that I was beginning to co
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Melissa
Jan 24, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: five-star-plan
This was my first attempt to read a 5 star book from each friend's book list so I hate to give this one star, but it just wasn't my thing. I read about 150 pages, jumped to the very end and put it down. The author jumps from quaint small southern town situation to quaint small southern town situation without delving into the characters. You know what I think my problem is? No one in Mitford has a dark side. Not one person in the whole darn town.
Carol Waters
Sep 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Let's be kind. The sort of people who read books like this like books like this. Not my genre.

Which is no excuse for bad writing. Among other things, the author describes an African-American woman at an apparently all-white church as "like raisins added to bread" which left me agape. And the main character is a 60-year old virgin minister who is thinking for a hundred pages about perhaps going steady. And was is with the livermush? Let me google that. BRB.

OK, so that is one of the 50 fattiest fo
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Jonetta
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This just wasn't for me. Many love this book and the series so I'm sure it's just a matter of reader/story compatibility. It's just too saccharine for my reading sensibilities.
Trisha
Apr 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Trisha by: book club
I finally finished! It just seems wrong to say that you don't like a Christian book. There's an implication that I feel obligated to dispel. When I began reading this story I thought I liked the simplicity of the characters, their Christian morals and the charm of the small town they lived in. I patiently waited for more depth and purpose and perhaps more twists and turns. There were some turns, but predictable. I prefer stories that I can sink my teeth into with more complex characters...like r ...more
Werner
Sep 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of clean contemporary general fiction with a small-town setting
Shelves: general-fiction
When I first began reading this series-opener, it took me awhile to warm up to it. That's because the human drama of the various plot lines is slow to develop, and because I didn't immediately get close enough to any of the characters to actually get inside their heads and understand or relate strongly to them. (The third-person narration isn't the cause of this. Arguably, that's much the way things are in real life; most of the time, it takes awhile to get to know a new community and new people ...more
Jamie
Oct 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since I spent whole afternoons reading a book, but At Home in Mitford hooked me so fast that I spent a very happy weekend living there myself. The characters are real, honest, and flawed in the most endearing ways, and I spent most of the book pulling for all of them. I especially loved the main character, Father Tim (and who'd have thought I'd enjoy reading about an Episcopalian preacher?), who has the biggest, most open heart--at least until his neighbor starts to steal i ...more
Kate Willis
This book in one word: cozy. <3
My favorite part in two words? Father Tim.
And my least favorite part in three words: Dooley is crude.

But that’s no proper review at all. Let me try again. ;)

I spent several years of my childhood in a sweet, small town as the daughter of a pastor who loves C.S. Lewis, poetry, and quiet walks much like Father Tim. Reading this book felt like coming home. <3 Even the troubles of Mitford were charming! I enjoyed all of the side characters especially Emma, Uncle
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Carol
I unapologetically love this book. What's funny is that I decidedly did NOT love it the first time I read it, years ago. That dog-responding-to-scripture trope was just too quirky.

But since Jan Karon announced that To Be Where You Are is her last word on Father Tim and Mitford, I decided to go back and reread the entire series s-l-o-w-l-y. I joined a fabulous Facebook Group that reads four chapters a week.

Knowing the full arc of the story, I revel in little clues given in this first book. I rej
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Cyndi
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very sweet meandering book. An Episcopalian priest is unhappy. His mentor suggests he find a wife, so he gets a dog. Hey, makes sense to me. Dogs are excellent company.
A good story with eccentric characters and a strong plot, but it strolls along slowly.
Natalie S.
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
A pleasant read about the sorts of people I think we all know - decent folks from various backgrounds trying to live good Christian lives. Despite the idealistic pastoral setting, this isn't mere verbiage to accompany a Kincade painting. The problems are just the sort of things you find when you look under the surface - broken homes, distant fathers, divorce, illness, echos of old grudges, and difficult marriages. You walk down mainstreet smelling the roses and chuckling slightly that people wou ...more
Cher
3 stars - It was good.

Lots of cornbread, church, and small town southern charm in this one. It reads like a family friendly TV series with a warm feel and uplifting messages. I think it will appeal to fans of Debbie Macomber, as it is a similar style of writing but with more prayer and less scandal.

Father Tim and the quirky town inhabitants eventually grew on me and I loved that the author included quotes and passages from numerous authors. On the other hand, it was rather predictable, a tad to
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Jim Ainsworth
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was not familiar with Jan Karon’s Mitford series of novels until recently. I had just finished reading a very dark and difficult book when I saw an article on Karon. Her work sounded refreshing. And it was. Mitford is a fictional small town in North Carolina on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains (another thing that drew me to the book). I like small towns and I love the Blue Ridge Mountains and all parts of Appalachia. Although Karon spent most of her life in urban areas, she was born in Blo ...more
Sandi
Jun 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sandi by: Pastor Mike
Shelves: 2009
At Home in Mitford is a charming book about a charming Episcopalian priest, his charming congregation, and his charming home of Mitford, SC. (It might be NC because the state is only mentioned once.) I've been reading a lot of books that are filled with profanity, sex, and violence that come across as very realistic. That's the way America is in the early 21st century, isn't it? Everybody is so fully of anxiety and anger, so our literature reflects that. But is that any more realistic than the u ...more
Stephanie
Aug 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The interesting thing about this book and series is that it's so different from all of the other Christian fiction that I've read. Most of the books in that genre seem to be out to evangelize people and are always dragging down the plot with a bunch of "Christianity 101" and everyone's problems getting magically solved when they decide to believe in Christ. That's all fine and dandy if you're an unbeliever who accidentally happened to stumble into Mardel's, but what if you're already certain abo ...more
Kathleen O'Donnell
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel is the exact opposite of my normal fare. I'm not sure why I picked it up. We buy lots of books at library sales so often get older novels. Set in a small town, populated with eccentrics, At Home in Mitford tells the story of Father Tim (I know, right? Me reading a book with a religious undertone? Cray cray) and his neighbors. Not much really happens, there's an uber light mystery, a not very scandalous secret and a funny, troubled little boy. But I LOVED this book. Jan Karon's descrip ...more
Shiloah
Happy contented sigh. A feel good book that makes you love life. I must read more of her books.
Jen
Oct 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Men, women, teenagers, anyone really
Recommended to Jen by: Lori Nettnin
My mom has wanted me to read this book for ages. She was in the hospital right before my wedding and I remember flying home to Florida to see her. This book was on her side table and I read parts of it to her. I remember enjoying it and she told me I should pick it up and read it. Well, I got married right after that and then came two kids to live with us, so I never did get to read it. 'Til now. So far, so good. The author is very descriptive. I love how she has a map at the front of the book, ...more
Carolyn
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it

Mitford is a charming small town, slightly old fashioned and conservative where people look out for each other. Father Tim is the Episcopalian rector in charge of this small flock which seems to entirely consume his days. He's either visiting the hospital, checking on the elderly or the homeless man in the back woods or seeing to Church business. His is a practical Christianity that he bestows on others by deed and not merely by preaching. Of late, having just turned 60, he's been feeling a litt
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Amy Cane Dolzine
The book was absolutely, unequivocally boring. Sweet, boring dreck. It was misguided and full of unbelievable 1 dimensional characters. When it started with Father Tim "meandering" it never stopped. What makes me feel the worst about it is that I spent any time at all reading it. Depth, some reviewers say? Seriously? It was as deep as a communion cup. I need more of a spiritual, emotional and mental challenge. Yep, for Lent I'm going to study atonement and it's off to James Cone's "The Cross and ...more
Laura
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Jeannette
This book was kindly sent by my dear friend Jeannette, thank you so much!!

This is a perfect comfort book, describing the life and inhabitants in Mitford, South Carolina.

Page 191:
"Nothing is more wearying," Agatha Christie had said, "than going over things you have written and trying to arrange them in proper sequence or turn them the other way round."
Katy
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet story about a good Christian Preacher who is becoming a great Christ-like man.
Lyn
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a good story.
If you haven't read any of the Mitford Novels, why not? No matter what your faith, you will love the people in that small NC mountain town. I gave it 4 stars because the beginning moves a bit slowly but Jan Karon knows how to scatter crumbs that keep you reading. And such a variety of characters: JC Hogan, Mule Skinner, Percy Mosely, Emma the church secretary, and on. They are unique and yet just like people you know in real life. I read this many years ago, but decided to read it again. It neve ...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
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Other books in the series

Mitford Years (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • 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)
  • Light from Heaven (Mitford Years, #9)
  • Home to Holly Springs (Mitford Years, #10)
  • In the Company of Others (Mitford Years, #11)
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