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At Home in Mitford, by Jan Karon

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 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.

A Light in the Window, by Jan Karon
His attractive neighbor is tugging at his heartstrings. A wealthy widow is pursuing him with hot casseroles. And his red-haired Cousin Meg has moved into the rectory, uninvited. As you can see, Mitford's rector and lifelong bachelor, Father Tim, is in need of divine intervention. In this beautifully crafted second novel in the Mitford series, Jan Karon delivers a love story that's both heartwarming and hilarious. Only time will tell if the village parson can practice what he preaches. Like At Home in Mitford, the first novel in the series, this book is filled with the miracles and mysteries of everyday life. And the affirmation of what some of us already know: Life in a small town is rarely quiet. And absolutely never boring.

These High, Green Hills, by Jan Karon

Out to Canaan, by Jan Karon
Thousands of readers have come home to Mitford, the little town with the big heart, whose endearing and eccentric residents have become like family members. But now change is coming to the hamlet. Father Tim, the Episcopal rector, and his wife Cynthia are pondering retirement; a brash new mayoral candidate is calling for aggressive development; a suspicious realtor with plans for a health spa is eyeing the beloved house on the hill; and, worst of all, the Sweet Stuff Bakery may be closing. Meanwhile, ordinary people are leading the extraordinary lives that hundreds of thousands of readers have found so inviting and inspiring. Peopled with the lovable cast of characters familiar to so many, and peppered with plenty of new and colorful personalities, Out to Canaan is filled to the brim with the mysteries and miracles that make everyday life worth living, and that make Mitford one of the most memorable small towns in recent literature

In This Mountain, by Jan Karon
Father Tim and Cynthia have been at home in Mitford for three years since returning from Whitecap Island. In the little town that's home-away-from-home to millions of readers, life hums along as usual. Dooley looks toward his career as a vet; Joe Ivey and Fancy Skinner fight a haircut price war that takes no prisoners; and Percy steps out on a limb with a risky new menu item at the Main Street Grill. Though Father Tim dislikes change, he dislikes retirement even more. As he and Cynthia gear up for a year-long ministry across the state line, a series of events sends shock waves through his faith-and the whole town of Mitford. In her seventh novel in the bestselling Mitford Years series, Jan Karon delivers surprises of every kind, including the return of the man in the attic and an ending that no one in Mitford will ever forget.

A New Song, by Jan Karon
Jan Karon's millions of fans can't wait to sit down with her heartwarming and hilarious characters, who have a way of becoming family. In fact, readers and booksellers across the country kept Out to Canaan and At Home in Mitford on The New York Times bestseller list for months. In A New Song, Mitford's longtime Episcopal priest, Father Tim, retires. However, new challenges and adventures await when he agrees to serve as interim minister of a small church on Whitecap Island. He and his wife, Cynthia, soon find that Whitecap has its own unforgettable characters: a church organist with a mysterious past, a lovelorn bachelor placing personal ads, a mother battling paralyzing depression. They also find that Mitford is never far away when circumstances "back home" keep their phone ringing off the hook. In this fifth novel of the beloved series, fans old and new will discover that a trip to Mitford and Whitecap is twice as good for the soul.

Miss Fannie's Hat, by Jan Karon (Her first children's book)

Ninety-nine year old Miss Fannie has lots of hats, and she loves them all. But her favorite is the pink straw hat with the silk roses. That's the one Miss Fannie has worn on Easter Sunday for the past thirty-five years. When Miss Fannie's preacher asks her to donate one of her precious hats to the church auction, choosing which one to part with is no small task. This heartwarming story about the rewards of unselfish love will enchant readers young and old. The star of Miss Fannie's Hat is based on Jan Karon's own grandmother. "My grandmother, Miss Fannie, was so wonderful I wanted to share her with everyone," says Jan Karon. "I wrote Miss Fannie's Hat to give both children and adults a sense of family, to give them the grandmother or great-grandmother they never had, or always wished they had. Briefly, the story is about sacrifice--and the rewards that can come when we give with a willing heart."

Patches of Godlight: Father Tim's Favorite Quotes (The Mitford Years).
Throughout his years as Mitford's beloved Episcopal priest, Father Tim Kavanagh has been reading and also pondering two crucial questions: How can he guide and encourage his flock? How can he deepen and encourage his own spirit? The result is a wonderful collection of his favorite quotes from thinkers, theologians, poets, and philosophers—from Mark Twain and C. S. Lewis to St. Paul and Wordsworth. Patches of Godlight is a stunning two-color facsimile of Father Tim's own leather-bound notebook with his name gold stamped on the cover. Every quote is in his own handwriting, and scattered throughout the margins are his scribbled notes and doodles, even the occasional ink blot or coffee stain. Just as it has for Father Tim, this handsome, "must-have" quote book will provide wisdom and inspiration for millions of Mitford fans.

Esther's Gift: A Mitford Christmas Story, by Jan Karon

A Common Life : The Wedding Story (The Mitford Years) , by Jan Karon
Laughter and wedding bells ring as Jan Karon takes her millions of fans back in time to the most cherished event in Mitford! Mitford's Lord's Chapel seats barely two hundred souls, yet millions of Jan Karon's fans will be there for the most joyful event in years: the wedding of Father Tim Kavanagh and Cynthia Coppersmith. Here at last is A Common Life, and the long-awaited answers to these deeply probing questions: Will Father Tim fall apart when he takes his vows? Will Cynthia make it to the church on time? Who'll arrange the flowers and bake the wedding cake? And will Uncle Billy's prayers for a great joke be answered in time for the reception? All the beloved Mitford characters will be there: Dooley Barlowe, Miss Sadie and Louella, Emma Newland, the mayor; in short, everybody who's anybody in the little town with the big heart. A Common Life is the perfect gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day, anniversaries, and for a bride or groom to give to his or her beloved. In truth, it's perfect for anyone who believes in laughter, relies on hope, and celebrates love.

Jeremy: The Tale of an Honest Bunny
Jeremy is a handmade English bunny with honesty sewn into his very being. So when he learns that he was made for someone in North Carolina, Jeremy hops right off to deliver himself to his new owner. But North Carolina is a long way from England, as Jeremy quickly learns. Before he can be safely home, Jeremy must rely on help from many people. There's old Mr. Pruneholt, who shows Jeremy where to find America; the kindly sea captain and his chattering parrot, Jethro, who see Jeremy across the water, and the unforgettable Village Dear. Most important of all are the family of young bunnies who teach Jeremy how wonderful it is to be needed. Though he'd love to stay with them, Jeremy can't forget that he has someone waiting for him and must keep moving until he arrives at her doorstep. Jeremy, the Tale of an Honest Bunny is a story of adventure and friendship, full of humor, inspiration, and joy. It is the story of any child who is away from home-and the miracles found on the way to being safe at last.


Amazon Reader's Comments:

"...Welcome to Mitford, the kind of wonderful small town we all wish we lived in..."

"...I am telling all my friends to rush out and get this book, and I look forward to reading the other books in the series..."

"...This is the kind of book I'd like to write if I could: the kind I'm always looking for on library shelves and seldom find..."

"...What a delightful discovery!! Karon's style is so conducive to relaxing with a good book!..."

"...This Mitford series is the most delightful, heart-warming fiction I have ever read..."

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Reader's Inquiries?

Help! When will Jan Karon be coming out with a new book. I found something that said she has written a children's book entitled "Miss Fannie's Hat" to be published. Is she planning to continue her Mitford series? If so, when is the next book due out? I and several friends have been looking for a new book and we're getting desperate for more knowledge of Mitford! Thanks for any help you can give.

From Florida:
I'm told by family in Blowing Rock, NC (the home of Ms. Karon) that she is on tour now with the children's book. However, it does not seem to be in any of the book stores in my area of Florida.

From North Carolina:
Ms. Karon's "Miss Fanny's Hat" tour is currently in North Carolina bookstores (in Raleigh last night. She has had some problems with her hands caused by the phenomenal number of autograph requests for "Miss Fanny" and the Mitford books. She continues to make a valiant effort to meet and be available to her growing legion of fans.

I'm in a book club that will be reviewing Ms. Karon's book, AT HOME IN MITFORD in April. I cannot find a review of that book on the various web sites I have searched. Are there any that you can direct me to? Thank you.

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to locate more web reviews on Jan Karon.
All reviews we can locate will be posted to this page.

Last spring, my daughter Sarah, who was an eighth grader was going to page for our state representative in Topeka, Kansas, which is about 400 miles from our home. I finished the Mitford series, and she was reading it. We were going to stay with the son of a good friend. The son, Chris, is a pastor. We turned into Maple Hill, the town where he lives. It is at the base of a large tree-covered hill, located at the end of a winding country road. The storefronts are old and there were many people strolling main street, while others were working in their gardens on the residential streets. Sarah gasped, "Mother! We're in Mitford." We both cried.

My most important request. Do you really have the recipe for the Orange Marmalade Cake? Our county fair has a cake baking contest for men and women. I did manage to win second place, but my husband won first for the men. I believe if I make that Orange Marmalade Cake, first prize will be mine.

From LovMitford:

But here's a funny story about the Orange Marmalade Cake recipe!   If you subscribed to the ORIGINAL (mailed) newsletter, it had a recipe.  Some of us tried it, and we were universally disappointed.  That recipe was a heavy spice-cake... not the light, delectable cake we imagine Esther Bolick to be famous for!

HOWEVER!!   This new incarnation of the newsletter (the online version) gives us a DIFFERENT recipe, and it looks much better! Here's One Popular Version of the Famous Orange Marmalade Cake Recipe

Whipped Cream Orange Marmalade Cake

For the best volume, chill the bowl and beaters before beating the cream. 1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 1/4 cups whipping cream
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon orange-flavored liqueur or orange juice

2 to 4 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur or orange juice
1 to 1 1/2 cups orange marmalade

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9 or 8-inch round cake pans. In large bowl, gradually add 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate to 1 1/4 cups whipping cream; beat at high speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

In small bowl, beat eggs and vanilla on high speed until thick and lemon- colored, about 5 to 7 minutes. Fold into whipped cream mixture.

In medium bowl, combine flour and remaining cake ingredients. Fold into whipped cream mixture until well blended. Spread batter evenly in greased and floured pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 23 to 28 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely.

In medium bowl, beat all frosting ingredients at medium speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

To assemble cake, place 1 layer on serving plate. Sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur evenly over top. Spread with half of the orange marmalade. Top with second layer. Sprinkle remaining 1 to 2 tablespoons of the orange flavored liqueur over top. Spread with remaining marmalade. Frost sides of cake with frosting. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving. Store in refrigerator.

Yield: 12 to 16 servings High Altitude: Above 3500 Feet: Increase flour to 2 cups. Bake as directed above.

When is the next of the Mitford series anticipated?  I feel like I have lost a friend now that I've been through them all!

It is too hard to say what is my favorite book. I have read and loved all 5.  Thank you - thank you.  My mother and I have shared each story and character.
   Your avid fan who waits for the next book, HT

On book number three, wondering who does the drawings?

Being a Lutheran minister, one time art teacher, and always looking for ways to combine the word with the sketch. I am curious- does the author of the Mitford tales do her own drawing? I like the simple style of the drawings.

Do any of our kind visitors know who the illustrator is for book number three?

One of our generous readers (L.D.) has the answer:

"The cover  illustrator for book # 3 - These High Green Hills is Donna Kae Nelson."

The same reader (L.D.) continues - "My favorite Mitford character is Cynthia. She and Father Tim really remind me of me and my gentleman friend!"


What is Livermush?
From J and S in California

M.B. has the answer to this one:

I'm writing in answer to the question about livermush.  According to the online newsletter "More From Mitford," in Jan Karon's words, "it's a type of North Carolina pate, made from pork liver, cornmeal, and spices. Irresistible when sliced and fried to a crisp, golden brown.  On my list of favorite foods, livermush is right up there with lobster and champagne." Thank YOU for the information about the Orange Marmalade Cake recipe.  I am going to attempt it for our Book Club discussion about At Home In Mitford.  I had been looking for the original recipe, but thanks for the tip--I will make the suggested recipe instead.
(signed) M.B.

In Ms. Karon's second Mitford book, "A Light In The Window" there is a brief description of one of Father Tim's favorite dishes.  It's called Crab Cobbler. It is described as having crab on the bottom of a casserole, and browned biscuits on top.  I'd love to get a recipe of this.  Anyone have one?
From G in Utah

Does anyone know if Jan Karon will be doing any book signings of Miss Fannie's Hat in South Carolina Bookstores? 
From Sandra

Who's your favorite Mitford Character?

That is a difficult answer for there are many.  You just seem to fall in love with them all for each are so unique.  I felt I was on a spiritual retreat in reading the series.  I look forward to the fifth with some apprehension not quite knowing what to expect.  I do wonder if I will meet up with the characters from the short story I read about in The Victorian Magazine not certain of what publication it was.  This was my introduction to this series. Thank you Jan Karon for your gift of writing, which you have shared with us so wonderfully. 
Signed - MWM  Fr:  OH

I just got to see Ms. Karon tonight in Kansas City!  She has the most delightful voice and seems to be very sweet.  I felt as if her talk was directed at me personally... she spoke about how the Lord uses her as His vessel.  She also said that any of us can write... just do it. Personally, I will pray and ask the Lord for His direction.... just as she did/does. :)
Signed - V.

Some time ago, I remember reading a review of the Mitford books that said there is a cook book planned. Do you know anything about when it's going to be published?

Signed - LFE

I have read all 5 books in the Mitford series and loved all of them.  I was just wondering if and when Jan Karon plans to release another book in the Mitford series. 

Signed - J&E

Does Jan Karon offer any writing seminars?  Love her style of writing, would love to attend a seminar if she offers them.

Signed - JD

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