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A New Song (The Mitford years) [Paperback]

Jan Karon
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12 Feb 1999 The Mitford years (Book 5)
In A New Song, Mitford's longtime Episcopal priest, Father Tim, retires. However, new challenges and adventures await when he agrees to serve as interim minister of a small church on Whitecap Island. He and his wife, Cynthia, soon find that Whitecap has its own unforgettable characters: a church organist with a mysterious past, a lovelorn bachelor placing personal ads, a mother battling paralyzing depression. They also find that Mitford is never far away when circumstances "back home" keep their phone ringing off the hook. In this fifth novel of the beloved series, fans old and new will discover that a trip to Mitford and Whitecap is twice as good for the soul.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (12 Feb 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140270590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140270594
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Welcome home Mitford fans . . . to Karon's gift for illuminating the struggles that creep into everyday lives--along with a vividly imagined world."

About the Author

Jan Karon, born Janice Meredith Wilson in the foothills of North Carolina, was named after the title of a popular novel, Janice Meredith.Jan wrote her first novel at the age of ten. "The manuscript was written on Blue Horse notebook paper, and was, for good reason, kept hidden from my sister. When she found it, she discovered the one curse word I had, with pounding heart, included in someone's speech. For Pete's sake, hadn't Rhett Butler used that very same word and gotten away with it? After my grandmother's exceedingly focused reproof, I've written books without cussin' ever since."Several years ago, Karon left a successful career in advertising to move to the mountain village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and write books. "I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author," she says. "I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk."Enthusiastic booksellers across the country have introduced readers of all ages to Karon's heartwarming books. "At Home in Mitford," Karon's first book in the Mitford series, was nominated for an ABBY by the American Booksellers Association in 1996 and again in 1997. Bookstore owner, Shirley Sprinkle, says, "The Mitford Books have been our all-time fiction bestsellers since we went in business twenty-five years ago. We've sold 10,000 of Jan's books and don't see any end to the Mitford phenomenon."

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New location - new themes - same inspiration 30 Oct 1999
A wonderfully inspirational offering. Whenever I read Jan Karon's novels, I want to immerse myself in Faith and The Church (Episcopalian, Church of England, Church in Wales, whatever). This novel was a true delight as were the previous ones, and I didn't want it ever to end. There is no soft option; life can be hard and there is no easy answer. Father Tim has great trust in the Lord and through this trust comes solutions which suffice. But - to enjoy this novel and its predecessors - there is no requirement to be a "believer". They are soothing in themselves - and this is their great magic. Reading Jan Karon's novels soothes your soul, makes you want to be a better person, and this latest novel is no exception. The climate has changed, the small town characters are different (although the residents of Mitford are determinedly never far from our thoughts) but the message is the same - goodness and kindness will prevail - and who ever could want for more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent story by Karon 25 Jun 1999
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The Mitford books, and now a Whitecap book, have been a surprising and wonderful stroll through a different layer of life than most people experience -- or at least take note of. A New Song continues a great tradition. Everybody knew from the beginning who took the bronze statue, but it was a very moving chapter when it was resolved, even if one is a little dumbfounded that Fr. Tim didn't figure out who took it. My questions: So is it in bk 6 or 7 that Lace and Dooley make it to the altar? Will Dooley's birth father be there? Will Buck punch him out? Will Morris be the organist? Will Fr. Tim be there, or will he (or Cynthia) have gone home (could we stand the poignancy)? Thanks for the great and fresh spiritual writing, Jan Karon. And thanks even more to my own mother, for sharing this series with me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just not quite up to the past books 19 Aug 1999
By A Customer
I enjoyed A New Song --- but it just didn't come up to the standards of her previous stories. I couldn't follow the characters through the story -- found myself leafing back to refresh in my mind who they were. I did not connect with the characters in this book, as I did with the others. The story just seems to float along without much substance or "meat". I was just a bit disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A New Song"is another winner for Jan Karon!! 13 May 1999
By A Customer
I am a relatively new fan of the "Mitford" series by Jan Karon. I was given the first three books as a birthday gift from a friend. It turned out to be my favorite gift! I love father Tim, Cynthia, Dooley, and all the wonderful characters in these books. "A New Song" is a real treat. I enjoyed meeting all the new characters and I really enjoyed the new setting(at the beach). Please continue the Mitford series for many more books. I am eagerly awaiting the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All I can say is, she has outdone herself!! 30 April 1999
By A Customer
I had been counting the days until the release of the latest of Jan Karon's newest book in her Mitford series!! I was a little apprenhensive about Father Tim and Cynthia leaving the beloved town of Mitford, but I shouldn't have worried at all! If possible, I truly believe this is the best one of Jan's books yet!! I loved meeting all the new characters, and renewing my acquaintance with all the old ones!! My favorite character in this book is Morris Love, and I was so touched, how Father Tim reaches out to him!!
All, I can say is if you have not read this book, find it and sit down and enjoy one of the best books you will read in a very long time!!
Thank you Jan Karon for these truly touching, sweet, and inspirational books!!
Becky Carden, Anniston, Al.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jan Karon is a gifted, inspirational author! 19 April 1999
By A Customer
One of the best chapters that I have ever read in any book is found in A New Song. I loved the entire book, but the chapter entitled Mighty Waters, brought me such joy. Father Tim and company, are very real to me. Of course I've read all of the Mitford Saga books, but the latest one is the best. I do have a question....A line on page 102 refers to "crocodiles" sunning themselves. Could this be an error? Doesn't Ms. Karon mean alligators? I don't believe that we have crocodiles in North America. If anyone can answer this question, please do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mitford Novels 8 July 2010
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There are 8 books in this series, all beautifully written, all lovely stories. Once I picked up the book I could not put it down. Each book has 300 - 400 pages. Once you are introduced to the characters you feel they are friends and I wanted to know more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jan Karon has another winner. 2 Sep 1999
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Another delightful adventure in the Mitford Saga.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot wait for Jan Karon's next book after A New Song!
Jan Karon's Mitford series are the best books I have ever read. I look foreward to her next one. Her characters seem real and feel like family to me.
Published on 29 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Change is Good; Change is Hard
Taking Cynthia and the Rector out of Mitford appears to be hard for many -- but some of the message seems to be that change is a natural and special part of life. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed my old friends....
Have been waiting for this book. Even preordered it! Found it very slow and missing the charm of the last four. Will there be another? Read more
Published on 19 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is good for the soul.
A friend recommended the Mitford books to me. After reading the first book, I shared it with my pastor's wife and she has shared it with others. Read more
Published on 13 Aug 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars I was wondering . . .
It occurred to me also that the last scene could be Father Tim meeting his maker, but I think more likely Jeffrey Tolson, who's story line remains dangling. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful BUT what really happened to Fr. Tim???????
Could I be the only reader who thought that Fr. Tim met his maker at the end of A New Song?
Published on 3 Aug 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasant place to go!
Number 5 in the series is another wonderful, simle, loving place to be. The reader easily can jump right into the story and almost be a part of. Read more
Published on 1 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh so interesting, yet didn't abuse the spirit in its unfold
Jan Karon has done it again! Loved the Mitford series and thought A New Song did not disappoint me. Read more
Published on 27 July 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Since To Kill A Mockingbird!!!
I have read many books throughout my days, even though I am only 20 and I find Jan Karon to be one of the best authors of her time. Read more
Published on 26 July 1999
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