Tuesday, October 21, 2008

At home with Mitford

When the Mitford book series came out several years ago, I remember my mom, dad and sister all reading them. I can sometimes be snobbish about books that are trendy and opted to not jump on the bandwagon.

Fast forward to last fall when I won a copy of the first book, At Home in Mitford, from blogger Kathleen Marie. I expected the book to be cheesy but decided to read it anyway. Well, I was pleasantly surprised--and also hooked. The nice thing about waiting until a series is completely published is that I didn't have to wait for the next book to come out. =) Just a couple weeks ago, I finished the eighth and final book in the series, and I was sad to see it end.

I found myself engrossed in each story. The characters were very developed--and very real. I like that. I also like that the setting is a small town, with some similarities to my current residence. Though these books are not listed as "Christian fiction" (which I personally can be critical of), author Jan Karon shows no qualms about including Scripture and spiritual themes in her books. So refreshing!

What are your thoughts on this series? I'd love to hear if you've read any of these books or not--and whether you found them to be as delightful as I did, or if they weren't really your thing.

21 comments:

Lisa said...

I have read the Mitford series 2 times. If I am ever needing to get away I read these books. They lift me up and remind me what is most important in life. They are my favorite books!!!

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mom said...

I love the Mitford books! I wish I could live in Mitford and attend Father Tim's church. Dad quotes Uncle Billy's jokes, and many other lines from the books have become part of our family conversations -- don't you know?? But since I don't actually live in Mitford, I try to bring the "spirit" of Mitford to the world I do live in -- caring about my neighbors and my community.

I'm so glad you have enjoyed reading them, too! Love, Mom

Christy@MercyEveryMorning said...

I love the Mitford series! Glad you gave it a try! :)

Angela - Life w/ Two Busy Boys said...

I was thinking of Mitford just this morning. Thinking I should re-read the series. I absolutely loved them. I felt like I was a part of them and actually "miss" Mitford if it's possible. I would love another series as heartwarming...but have yet to find it.

kelseylynae said...

I haven't read the Mitford series, although I have been interested in reading them since I read "Girl Meets God," by Lauren Winner. She frequently refers to the series, and as I love her story and find her writing absolutely beautiful, I made a mental note to check out the Mitford books.

Unfortunately my mental book list is quite long, but after hearing your comments as well, I may bump up this series on the list!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

When I was pregnant with my third child and very, very sick in bed, I read this series. I'm sure that several more have come out since then, but I remember it being so peaceful and quaint and charming. I loved it. I need to pick up where I left off! I'll add it to my (always growing) list of things to read!

PS--Carrie, I posted a link on my blog that will let you subscribe via google reader.

Linds said...

I have not yet read the Mitford series but want to. I had some checked out from the library but as usual I check out too many books and didn't get to it before it was due :) You know it's a good book when you're sad to see it end!

Barbara said...

I love the Mitford series. I have only read them once through, but...if i can ever get through my reading list i would like to read them again. What an uplifting series. I have not read "The Mitford Cookbook", have you?

Christy said...

I am like you, I do not jump on bandwagons with the most popular books out there. But I love Mitford, I have read and do not mind re-reading them. The way the books are written with vignettes (sp?) of the different characters is my favorite type of writing. It lets you get to know the characters so well.

Christy

Jamie said...

I read one of them and I did enjoy it but I didn't feel like reading the whole series for some reason. Maybe someday I'll get to the rest of them. I did like the caring attitude of the town though, that stuck with me!

smartbutnotwise said...

I have read the series. I loved them. I started with the 2nd or 3rd book in the series first though. I couldn't get into it on my first try. Then out of desperation for a book to read I tried it. Months later I learned it was in a series and checked them all out form the library. They were wonderful! I have the bedside companion which has the recipe for the orange marmalade cake. One day I'm going to try it!

Ewokgirl said...

I'm laughing reading this because you expressed exactly how I felt toward this series and Christian fiction in general. I'm picky and critical and a bit of a snob.

However, your review has made me want to go ahead and read the books.

Jenny S said...

I have heard about them off your sisters blog. But never have read them. My curiousity is peeked and am going to see if I can find a copy at the local library.

Wendi said...

I love this series! I was also sad to see the series end. I felt like I was missing out my friends lives!

thehomespunheart said...

You already know how much I love these books and have read them multiple times through.

I am so glad you did read them and that you enjoyed them!! :)

Mary Ann said...

I liked the series. I probably won't read them again and again, but I did like them and the sense of community they portray. Sometimes, they are a bit rambly for me, though! That may just be a personal thing.:-)

Edi said...

I have not been able to 'get into' the series. I think I read the first one and the most recent one. The first one I did not finish - the last one I read through and did enjoy it.

Carrie said...

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this series! I read it again every year! I love that it is based on an older character who had such tremendous depth and faith. I love reading about an older couple falling in love. I think it's rare that you find books that talk about love late in life and how rewarding and refreshing it can be, especially when that love is centered in Christ! It gives me a sincere hope for my future with my husband (neither of us have had good examples of long lasting marriages in our families), so it's a refreshing thing to read in our society today. I love Mitford and all the wonderful characters!!! (The kitchen reader/cookbook is great too!)

barbara said...

I am halfway through the series. I decided to start reading them because I follow your sister's blog and she's always mentioning them and coming up with the cutest ideas from them. I'm hooked!!

D Wright said...

Jan Karon wants to invite you to visit her website at www.mitfordbooks.com I know you will enjoy the site!

Trish said...

Hello there,
Here's my little Mitford story. I was at a Christian conference in Florida soon after the first book had been released. The speaker recommended the books and had them there to sell. I told her I'd like to get one but I had left my purse in my room, so she told me to take one and just bring the $10 sometime before the event ended. Well...I got busy and forgot! As I was unpacking, I came across the book. I felt just terrible. I didn't know how to get in touch with the speaker, or who to send the money to... Actually, I was pretty lazy about the whole thing... so I just stuck the book in my shelf and would "deal with it later". (Isn't that just ridiculous! Sometimes my silliness amazes me!)Well, everytime I looked at that book, I felt so bad! So, I couldn't read it. The following year, we went to the same conference and I was able to write them a check for the book, although they were somewhat confused and reluctant to take it. After I paid for it, I came home and read it. I was sorry that I hadn't just taken care of it earlier because I could have read it sooner! I've read the series and love to pull out one every now and then and find my favorite part of that book.