All good things, even laughter and orange marmalade cake, must come to an end. And in Light from Heaven, the long-anticipated final volume in the phenomenally successful Mitford Years series, Karon deftly ties up all the loose ends of Father Timothy Kavanagh's deeply affecting life. On a century-old valley farm where Father Tim and Cynthia are housesitting, there's plenty to say grace over, from the havoc of a windstorm to a surprising new addition to the household and a mystery in the chicken house. It's life on the mountaintop, however, that promises to give Father Tim the definitive challenge of his long priesthood. Can he step up to the plate and revive a remote, long-empty mountain church? Or has he been called to accomplish the impossible? Fortunately, he's been given an angel, in the flesh, of course. Light from Heaven is filled with characters old and new and with answers to all the questions that Karon fans have asked since the series began nearly a decade ago. To put it simply, it's her best. And we believe millions will agree.More
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North Carolina Mountain Life Captured
I think this was one of my favorite books in Jan Karon's series. The story and narration were excellent and I felt that the life in the mountains of North Carolina was perfectly captured within these pages. The characters were developed and brought further to life as families are created, found and renewed. Such a sweet and lovingly positive story makes the reader feel caught up in the possibilities in life. Faith and the daily expression of that faith through the hymns, prayers and liturgy of the Episcopal church are continuing themes in the series. Humor and silliness also play a strong roll right in there with food and cooking! The author presented the characters as the often flawed humans that they are, some more than others, but the inkling of change, growth, and redemption threads perfectly through the story line. Definitely time well spent!
Parting Is Sweet Sorrow