In the Company of Others by Jan Karon

This is another beautifully crafted adventure of our beloved Father Tim Kavanagh and his wife Cynthia. Over the years, Jan Karon has allowed the reader to share in the intimate most parts of Father Tim’s life. And, in this novel, we join him and Cynthia in an adventure in Ireland where Father Tim explores his Irish roots as they celebrate Cynthia’s birthday.

I really enjoy Jan Karon’s novels. Reading them is like taking a mini vacation. I find her words delicious and irresistible. They are always full of great food, landscapes, wonderful people and beautiful relationships.

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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. Enter the world of Mitford, and you won’t want to leave. “

In this first novel, in the Mitford Series, we are introduced to the main character, Father Tim who is at the age where he should be considering retirement, but instead Jan Karon finds unexpected adventures to send him on.  Along the way we meet the colorful and lovable town folk who have amazing relationships. Jan Karon makes gardening, enjoying food, family, friends and pets seem magical.  I read these stories when I need a warm and fuzzy fix.

Esther’s Gift, A Mitford Christmas Story by Jan Karon

With some sort of magic, Jan Karon paints amazing stories from simple everyday life events such as gardening, enjoying food, family, friends and pets. Many of the residents are amazingly talented in one or more of those areas. “Esther’s Gift” is a beautiful Christmas story about Esther who makes legendary cakes desired by everyone. In the year of this story, her accountant husband crunches the numbers to figure the cost of each cake she gifts and she decides that maybe the gift of a cake is more extravagant that she’s willing to be. That is, until she is overcome by the spirit of the season. I enjoyed this lovely, charmingly illustrated booklet. I found the story very touching, with a surprise at the end that a true Mitford fan would weep over.

The Mitford Snowmen, A Christmas Story by Jan Karon

Mitford has a snow day and one of the shop owners on main street inspires a snowman building contest and everyone on main street,  from the Pastor of the Episcopal Church to the town’s Mayor,  comes outside to play.  After the sweetness of this day, the Mayor designates it as The First Annual Mitford Snowman Jubilee and buys donuts for all of the 26 participants.

For me, Jan Karon paints such rich and colorful stories about Mitford and its residents. This is about one amazing day, that is very moving and memorable.  There are delightful illustrations, of snowmen and snowwomen, in the booklet to assist the imagination.  This is one of my treasurers.