Item description for A Light in the Window (The Mitford Years, Book 2) by Jan Karon & John McDonough...
Overview Father Tim, the village rector of Mitford, North Carolina, is torn between his feelings for the wealthy widow who has been wooing him, and his cousin Meg, who moves into the rectory uninvited.
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Studio: Penguin Highbridge
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 2" Width: 5.25" Height: 5.75" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2006
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Series Mitford Years
Series Number 2
ISBN 0143059262 ISBN13 9780143059264
Availability 0 units.
More About Jan Karon & John McDonough
Born Janice Meredith Wilson in 1937, Jan Karon was raised on a farm near Lenoir, North Carolina. Karon knew at a very early age that she wanted to be a writer. She penned her first novel when she was just 10 years old, the same year she won a shirt-story contest organized by the local highschool.
Karon married as a teenager and hand a daughter, Candace. At 18, Karon began working as a receptionist for a Charlotte, N.C. advertising agency. She advanced in the company after leaving samples of her writing on the desk of her boss, who eventually noticed her talent. Karon went on to have a highly successful career in the field, winning awards for ad agencies from Charlotte to San Francisco. In time, she became a creative vice president at the high-profile McKinney & Silver, in Raleigh. Wile there she won the prestigious Stephen Kelly Award, with which the Magazine Publishers of America honor the year's best print campaign.
During her hears in advertising, Karon kept alive her childhood ambition to be an author. At the age of 50 she left her career in advertising and moved to Blowing Rock, North Carolina, to pursue that dream. After struggling - and failing - to get a novel underway, Karon awoke one night with a mental image of an Episcopal priest walking down a village street. She grew curious about him, and started writing. Soon, Karon was publishing weekly installments about Father Tim in her local newspaper, the The Blowing Rocket, which saw its circulation double as a result. "It certainly worked for Mr. Dickens", says Karon.
The Father Tim stories became Karon's first Mitford novel, At Home in Mitford. The book has since been nominated three times for an ABBY (American Booksellers Book Of the Year Award), which honors titles that bookstore owners most enjoy recommending to customers. The fourth Mitford novel, A New Song, won both the Christy and Gold Medallion awards for outstanding contemporary fiction in 2000. A Common Life, In This Mountain, and Shepherd's Abiding have also won Gold Medallion awards. Out to Canaan was the first Mitford novel to hit the New York Times bestseller list, subsequent novels have debuted on the New York Times list, often landing the #1 spot.
Karon says her character-driven work seeks to give readers a large, extended family they can call their own.
Jan Karon currently resides in Blowing Rock, in the state of North Carolina. Jan Karon was born in 1937.
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Reviews - What do customers think about A Light in the Window (The Mitford Years, Book 2)?
A Light in The Window Nov 30, 1999
I'm going to be so sad to have this series end. I hate to arrive at my destination because I know I will need to turn my car off. I bought my first CD at Costco only because I couln't find anything else I wanted to listen to. I was hooked after the 1st CD. This is Americana at it's best! Age is not a factor in this book. Sit back and enjoy!
Book Nov 30, 1999
Awesome book series! My sister in law gotted me hooked on this and it is a great book. Would highly recommend it.
Karon books are fantastic Nov 30, 1999
I received the first in the Mitford series in August and before I was even halfway through the book, I went online to this site and ordered the whole series plus the cookbook. These are outstanding reading about everyday life and people. No sex, no violence, they are just super reading.
FAMILIARITY BREEDS PLEASURE Nov 30, 1999
John McDonough is Father Tim. He has narrated all of the Mitford series books and is a treasure. As many know, quite often the scenes center on his fictional church or the choir. A veteran of the Glimmerglass Opera Company, he sings the hymns himself which is an extra treat for listeners. When one voice actor has read all of the titles in a series, that performer has created a strong connection to listeners. Thus, just as listening to another story of Mitford is enhanced by its familiarity so hearing John McDonough's narration stirs feelings of comfort and recognition.
McDonough describes his first reading of a book as being " like the first listening of a piece of music." "You have to be completely free," he said. . "As you read and think about the piece, you hear voices, and it starts to take on life."
How fortunate for all of us!
In this, the second installment of the popular series, Father Tim has just returned from a vacation - his first in over a dozen years. While he enjoyed the respite he is a bit anxious to come home and see his neighbor, Cynthia Coppersmith, a woman with whom he thought he had an understanding. He's perplexed by what he perceives as her coolness and a bit agitated when a widow in his congregation sets her sights on him.
The church has undertaken the building of a care center and an unexpected visitor arrives, evidently for an extended stay.
Life goes on in Mitford as listeners renew acquaintances with some of the townspeople and once again are charmed by the fictional community.
- Gail Cooke
Why is this series so popular? Nov 30, 1999
On the recommendation of a relative, I read this book. Wow. It feels like it was written by somebody's maiden aunt. In fact, the entire town seems populated by old ladies, males included. The boy in the story came across as written by someone who never has contact with anyone under 50. I like a cozy story as well as the next person--but I do prefer that the characters act like adults and don't spend their lives dithering around ineffectively. Stay far, far away from this series.