Item description for Light from Heaven (The Mitford Years, Book 9) by Jan Karon...
Overview New in paperback, the final volume in Karon's phenomenally successful Mitford Years ties up all the loose ends of Father Timothy Kavanagh's deeply affecting life. Illustrations.
Publishers Description Its never too late. Father Tim Kavanagh has been asked to come up higher more than once. But hes never been asked to do the impossibleuntil now. The retired Episcopal priest takes on the revival of a mountain church thats been closed for forty years. Meanwhile, in Mitford, hes sent on a hunt for hidden treasure, and two beloved friends are called to come up higher. As Father Tim finds, there are still plenty of heartfelt surprises, dear friends old and new, and the most important lesson of all: "Its never too late,"
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Format: Large Print
Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.4" Weight: 1.16 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2008
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Edition Large Type
Series Mitford Years
Series Number 9
ISBN 0143113518 ISBN13 9780143113515
Availability 0 units.
More About Jan Karon
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 Light from Heaven (The Mitford Years, Book 9)?
Best of the series. Feb 17, 2008
This is the best one she has written in the Mitford series. It is also kind of sad to think that the journey of Father Tim is over.
AN ERROR ON MY PART AND AMAZON MAKES IT ALL BETTER Jan 30, 2008
I ordered this in error, actually thinking I was ordering the book. When the item arrived...quickly and in perfect condition...and I realized my error, I contacted this site. Within a week of returning the item to them, using the pre-printed label they give you right on line, I had a credit to my account.
I could not have asked for more.
Jan Karon doesn't disappoint Jan 30, 2008
Once again, Jan Karon brings to life the trials and joys of Father Tim and his beloved, Cynthia. Dooley is growing into a fine young man and life is changing for the residents of Mitford. As with the other books in the Mitford series, it's easy to pick up this book and immediately feel at home with the characters. Hopefully, this won't be the end of the series.
Tedious, rushed, consistently and persistently annoying Jan 11, 2008
The author herself describes this book's characters far better than I could, on p. 39: "... every soul [is] upside down and backward not to mention beside themselves and altogether witless." This was advertised as the "last Mitford series" novel, which had long-suffering readers hoping that the priestly main character, Father Tim, would at long last find himself in Hell, being mercilessly tortured for eternity by Jesus himself for having innocently neglected some obscure point of Presbypalian dogma whilst ministering tenderly to some dying parishioner. But we'll have to wait, because, guess what, Father Tim at age 70 has been given a new assignment by the Bishop or whoever he is. Tim has to reopen a tiny church way back in the hills, closed for two decades, and get some local yokels in on the pews. This allows the introduction of what seem like dozens upon dozens of quaint hill folk, don't you know, and while the author may be able to tell them apart, the reader is unlikely to be able to do so.
Karon was clearly getting very tired of this series and anxious to start another. If you open this 384-page book anywhere, at least half of one of the two facing pages will be occupied by a prayer, a long quoted poem, a hymn, or some other blatant padding. I would guess that scarcely 100 pages of the book in any way serve to propel the characters forward in time, and from the fact that the characters are witlessly anticipating Spring Break or Easter at some point, and almost immediately seem to be witlessly anticipating Christmas, it's plain that Karon couldn't get this thing out of her word-processor fast enough. It's obviously first-draft, no editing, and so three favorite phrases, "hammered down," "schlepped," and "fried," occur over and over and over, about every other page or so. Karon doesn't seem to know what the phrases mean, because Father Tim is "hammered" and "fried" so frequently that new readers will be forgiven for assuming he's a hopeless alcoholic!
There's of course no plot and no suspense. Will Dooley ever be told he's a millionaire? Will his long-lost brother whatsisname ever show up? Is Sam or whatever his name is agonna foolishly take to gamblin' and drinkin'? Are Tim and whatsername really going to spend a year on vacation in some alien foreign country where there may be some demonic, non-Presbypalian foreigners livin'? [Not a chance, what would become of Barnabas and Violet?]
My copy of the book was picked up for about $1 in a bin of discards at a local used paperback store. The lady who was its previous reader marked her place by dogearing the pages. I was thus able to discover the exact spot where she gave up reading, and sought to recover some portion of her lost investment by selling the book. Page 58. For a while I didn't think I would make it much further, but I did soldier on bravely to the very end. I do think as a result my already white hair has turned an even purer shade of white as permanent evidence of my acute suffering.
Light From Heaven Nov 8, 2007
I enjoyed At Home in Mitford, best. This was Jan Karon's first in the Mitford series. There are so many characters in Light from Heaven, it can be confusing. But, I am anxious to see how Jan Karon "ties things up." I'm almost to the end. All in all, a pleasant read.