Friday, February 8, 2019

At Home in Mitford (The Mitford Years #1) by Jan Karon

Title: At Home in Mitford (The Mitford Years #1)
Author: Jan Karon
Time: 19 hours, 20 minutes
Year: Print - 1994, Audio - 1996
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Format: Audio book (also available in paperback and eBook)

About the book:

     It’s easy to feel at home in Mitford, North Carolina. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are friendly. 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 path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that’s sixty years old. Suddenly, Father Tim gets more than he bargained for. And readers get a rich comedy about ordinary people and their ordinary lives.

My review:

     This is a charming look at small town life.

     I love the characters in this book. There is a wonderful variety among them. Many of them have very unusual quirks that kept me chuckling.

     The story spans a little over a year in the lives of the residents of Mitford. I thoroughly enjoyed the everyday life element. Most of it is just common occurrences. Then there will a be a notable event that takes place. The book just flows back and forth as time passes.

     The narrator did a magnificent job of making the story come to life. He didn’t just read the book. The various voices and accents he used for the different characters was incredible. It was very easy to tell when a different one was talking.

     I have decided that I have to give this charming book a rating of 5 stars. I’m highly recommending it.

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