Mitford Books In Order

Publication Order of Mitford Years Books

At Home in Mitford (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Light in the Window (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
These High, Green Hills (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Out to Canaan (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A New Song (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Common Life (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In This Mountain (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shepherds Abiding (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Light From Heaven (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Come Rain or Come Shine (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Mitford Gift Books

Esther's Gift (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mitford Snowmen (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Patches of Godlight (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trellis and the Seed (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mitford Bedside Companion (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Mitford For Children Books

Violet Comes to Stay (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Violet Goes to the Country (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Mitford Years Reading Guide (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

The Mitford Years is a series of books from American Novelist Jan Karon; set in Mitford, a fictional town in North Carolina, the novels centre on the character of Father Tim.

The books are fictional in nature and Christian themed, often placing special emphasis upon the little town of Mitford within which its stories take place. Jan Karon is described as introducing the town as its owner character, a place many readers look forward to visiting in each novel.

The stories will often seek to engage readers in terms of the personal intricacies of the different characters, not only presenting their flaws and struggles but daily routines, pets, what they tend to have for lunch and so on and so forth, with the aim of generating a lively and wholesome image of each character.

The Mitford years officially begins with ‘At Home in Mitford’; published in 1994, the novel introduces the original players and the lives they lead, continuing to add and subtract characters as the series progresses, finally ending with ‘Somewhere Safe with Somebody good’, the last novel in the series, published in 2014.

Being Christian themed, The Mitford years presents what many have referred to as a light offering of theology, scattering the story with Bible themes in as organic a manner as possible, but typically avoiding a heavy handed and preachy approach, Jan Karon instead allowing the story to drive the means with which the different themes are introduced.

There are seven novels in the series, this not including Jan’s companion works to The Mitford years such as cook books. While The Mitford Years series officially ends with the seventh book, the story doesn’t quite come to a close with this final novel.

Numerous other works such a ‘Shepherd’s abiding’ and ‘A Common Life’ tell stories centered on the town of Mitford and even utilize some similar characters.

Jan Karon’s other series, ‘The Father Tim Series’, also strives to advance the adventures of characters already introduced with The Mitford years. While often read by a wide variety of persons, The Mitford Years series is, on a whole, geared towards female readers.

Jan Karon

Janice Meredith Wilson was born in the foothills of North Carolina in 1937; the American author was named after Janice Meredith, a popular novel by Paul Leicester Ford.

Jan actually wrote her first book at the tender age of ten; her life and choices, however, guided her towards advertising. And it wasn’t until she was 48 that Jan saw fit to leave the security of her attractive advertising job to pursue her writing career in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

Jan Karon has admitted to enduring a less than idyllic life, in fact far from the carefree world of the fictional Mitford; abandoned by her father at the age of three, Jan and her sister were raised by their grandparents on a farm.

Jan’s school life ended in eighth grade, at which point she sought to enter the workforce; continuing down this rather rapid path through life, Jan Karon was married and pregnant by seventeen.

Faced with the prospect of single motherhood soon afterwards, Jan entered the advertising world a year later as a receptionist, her charisma and determination guaranteeing her quick ascension to the top.

Jan Karon, raised in a Methodist church, began her relationship with Christ at the age of 42, after years of difficulty and tragedy; and it was after this faith commitment that the thought of pursuing her writing career first seriously occurred to Karon, the decision to finally quit her job coming seven years after.

Three of Jan Karon’s books have clawed their way to the top of New York Times’ Bestseller list, despite the fact that they are free of sex, violence and profane content; her characters have been described as surprisingly believable, her focus often revolving around the relationships in her stories.

Central to her Mitford series is the Episcopal priest, Father Tim Kavanaugh, whose job it is to minister to the people of his parish. Jan’s stories bring to life faith as it manifests within daily life, often including smatterings of the Gospel Message alongside silly humor and an earthy tone.

The success of her Christian themed series comes down to the fact that readers do not feel preached to. Two million of Jan’s books are in print, and have been translated into Spanish.

At Home in Mitford

Mitford is an idyllic home, with its green hills, pure air and lovable people. Yet when father Tim asks for more, he gets far more than he bargained for; first the dog, then an attractive neighbor, an unloved boy and a decades old secret revolving around a mysterious jewel Theft.

The first Mitford novel is pretty warm in its approach to the sunny little town, introducing a bevy of characters that are simply too likable to hate, no matter their role, and a delightful story to engross oneself into.

At home in Mitford is largely populated by adults, but most of whom bring a child like persona to the table, making for a first book that is not only charming but almost too nice for its own good, at least as far as a select few readers are concerned.

These High, Green Hills

Once only married to his parish, Father Tim finds that his union with his vivacious next door neighbor is anything but dull. And the surprises only continue to pour out, with the heart shattering decision of the mountain boy Father Tim has loved so dearly and the difficulties of gaining mastery over the church’s new computer system taking a back seat to the drastic change Father Tim undergoes when he returns from a wilderness camping trip.

Jan’s charming cast of characters continues to engage in ‘These High, Green Hills’, with stories that somehow manage to remain fresh and exciting. The humor isn’t lost here either, and indeed continues to thrive through Jan’s words, making for a sweet calming read.

As with most of the series, the novel doesn’t really demand much from the reader beyond simply sitting back and having a good time. It is a feel good novel that knows exactly what it wants to be, and that allows the book to truly sparkle.

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