[simpleazon-image align=”left” asin=”014025448X” locale=”us” height=”500″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51YHKFhX3EL.jpg” width=”324″][simpleazon-link asin=”014025448X” locale=”us”]At Home in Mitford (The Mitford Years, Book 1)[/simpleazon-link] by Jan Karon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As the title suggests, I instantly felt at home in Mitford and was quite content to stay a spell. Delightful characters. Good humor. A dog that likes poetry and responds positively to scripture. Animated descriptions and lively conversations. The town and its residents spring to life in the details. As a reader, I became invested in the lives of the characters, and the town of Mitford is definitely one I’d like to revisit. Honestly, I was a bit surprised to enjoy the read as much as I did. I half expected to be bored by such a seemingly tranquil town and the mild-mannered Father Tim, but I never was. Rich storytelling made all the difference. I found myself quite caught up and felt as though I’d just enjoyed a home-cooked meal with all the fixings when I finished the book. I can see now why the series has enjoyed such popularity for so many years.
“A man needs someone to talk to, someone to entertain his complaints and approve his foolishness” (p. 21).
“A small parish is a fragile ecology” (p. 130).
“She selected another choice piece of information, as one might poke through the caramels to find a chocolate” (p. 160).
“Sometimes you have to gag on fancy before you can appreciate plain” (p. 237).