In This Mountain

In This Mountain

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IN THIS MOUNTAIN finds Father Time and Cynthia again living in Mitford, following their stint on Whitecap Island a few years ago. Newly retired, Father Tim realises he dislikes change. Bored sitting at home trying to write a book of essays, while Cynthia is winning awards and receiving invites to tour the country, he decides to take on a unique and difficult ministry. However, an unexpected event propels him on a painful journey that shakes his faith, his marriage and the whole town of Mitford...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 222.26g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • UK ed
  • 0141011831
  • 9780141011837

Author information

Jan Karon was formerly an award-winning advertising executive. Now a bestselling novelist, she has written seven books in the Mitford series, including the number one bestseller A COMMON LIFE. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the USA.show more

Review Text

Father Tim Kavanagh and his wife Cynthia are back from Whitecap Island, right in the heart and soul of the small American town of Mitford again, where they belong. For Mitford addicts, that means more entertaining eavesdropping at the Happy Endings bookstore, Sweet Stuff Bakery and the Grill, where gizzards are new to the menu. The reformed Man in the Attic is back too, sure to cause another stir. Father Tim is restless in retirement. Can writing essays really be his best plan? While Cynthia fends off fan mail galore - she's more successful than ever with her children's books - her uncertain better half is landed with the bills. Just when a challenging new ministry seems settled, things go terribly wrong. Through his struggles, Father Tim discovers new levels of vulnerability. Never has he been more miserably aware of his faults, failings and limitations, but the special brand of heavenly wisdom and bonhomie for which he is known and loved cannot desert him for long. His sorely tried faith and marriage are eventually strengthened, not weakened. Unable to resist the urge to meddle (in the best sense of the word), he is drawn to the varying needs of the community - not least to search afresh for young Dooley's siblings. There's something deeply reassuring about these deservedly popular Mitford novels, comparable to Miss Read's and James Herriot's gentle rural fiction. Through Karon's skilful writing, rich veins of humanity are humorously exposed. Meeting familiar folk again (like Joke King Uncle Billy and Hope Winchester) is as comforting as a warm winter's fireside. Not all the characters are cosy, though. The predatory Edith Mallory, bane of Father Tim's life, devises new ways to gain attention. If you haven't discovered this delightful series of books yet (and this is the seventh), what are you waiting for? (Kirkus UK)show more

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