This post and giveaway is sponsored by Family Christian Stores. All opinions are my own.
Isn’t it odd how certain books can bring back memories? A wonderful read is like a scent or a taste– I always remember where I was the first time I tasted banana pudding ice cream on a cone or smelled the laundry detergent that my mother-in-law used on my not-then husband’s clothes. For me, At Home in Mitford has this same reminiscing capability. The first year that my husband and I were married, we had a pact to each read a bit before going to bed every night. I don’t remember what book he had chosen, but I will always remember mine– At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon. I recall sitting in bed, propped up on a pillow with the nightstand light on, reading in silence after the end of a long day. Every now and again my husband would question why I had a sudden burst of laughter. But who can hold back laughter when reading a Jan Karon novel? I don’t remember how far in the Jan Karon Mitford series I read after that one, but I always recall the first one.
In At Home in Mitford, the first of the Mitford Years series, readers meet Father Tim, the rector of Lord’s Chapel in the town of Mitford, North Carolina. Throughout the entire novel, his inner struggle regarding his ability to stay in his position at the chapel is apparent. Between personal health issues and taxing parishioners, it’s no surprise that the question of his future in ministry is up in the air. However, it’s also apparent that the colorful townspeople, parishioners, and friends, add humor and joy to Father Tim’s life. What’s a minister to do?
The book is a suspense story, thriller, and love novel all in one. From jewel thieves to a Scripture loving dog to a potential love interest, At Home in Mitford is a page turner. No matter how many times I read the book, I always find myself itching to see what happens next. And, the ending of the book doesn’t help any– will Father Tim and Cynthia, the neighbor turned suitor, get together? Will they, will they?
One thing has changed since I read At Home in Mitford many years ago. I am now a minister’s wife myself, so I found the quirks of the parishioners especially humorous. As one who sees the “other side” to ministry now, I can appreciate all the internal struggles that Father Tim acquires in a special way. For anyone in a ministry position, you will enjoy the many facets of the characters in the book.
After enjoying this book immensely, I would like to give my readers the chance to read the entire Jan Karon Series. Family Christian Stores is offering one reader the opportunity to win the Mitford Years series, which includes the new novel Somewhere Safe with Somebody good that is currently only available for pre-buy (though the first 150 who order before the release date of 9/2/14 will receive an autographed copy).
Use the below form to enter to win. Giveaway open to US only and will be open for two weeks. Family Christian Stores is responsible for selecting and contacting the winner.