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A New Song
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A New Song
Mitford Series, Book 5
by Jan Karon

Lean back in your easy chair and renew your heart with this refreshing novel from Jan Karon's best-selling Mitford series. In A New Song, just as Father Tim Kavanagh is reveling in his retirement from the pulpit, he finds himself preparing to face new challenges, far from his beloved North Carolina mountain village. When the small Episcopal church across the state on Whitecap Island asks for an interim priest, Father Tim and his wife Cynthia agree to answer the call. Taking over the oceanside parish should be almost like an extended vacation for them. But soon a host of problems threatens Father Tim's new congregation and his own peace of mind. Narrator John McDonough transports you into this entertaining tale to greet old friends and meet new ones. And if this is your first visit with Father Tim and his companions, they will welcome you into their hearts and homes. To enjoy other visits to Mitford, try At Home in Mitford and A Light in the Window.

Lean back in your easy chair and renew your heart with this refreshing novel from Jan Karon's best-selling Mitford series. In A New Song, just as Father Tim Kavanagh is reveling in his retirement from the pulpit, he finds himself preparing to face new challenges, far from his beloved North Carolina mountain village. When the small Episcopal church across the state on Whitecap Island asks for an interim priest, Father Tim and his wife Cynthia agree to answer the call. Taking over the oceanside parish should be almost like an extended vacation for them. But soon a host of problems threatens Father Tim's new congregation and his own peace of mind. Narrator John McDonough transports you into this entertaining tale to greet old friends and meet new ones. And if this is your first visit with Father Tim and his companions, they will welcome you into their hearts and homes. To enjoy other visits to Mitford, try At Home in Mitford and A Light in the Window.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 12, 1999
    In this fifth volume of Karon's popular series (Out to Canaan, etc.) set in the quaint North Carolina town of Mitford, where people chuckle and say "dadgummit," Father Timothy Kavanagh is leaving town for a post-retirement interim appointment at a small island parish off the coast of North Carolina. After what seems (even to the minister and his wife) to be an endless round of good-byes, he and his wife, Cynthia, set off in a brand-new red convertible. Stormy weather, which closes in on them as they near Whitecap Island, presages the many struggles to come. Once on the island, Fr. Tim tries to befriend a seemingly hostile and isolated neighbor while he and Cynthia take over the care of a three-year-old boy whose mother is suffering from depression. Back in Mitford, meanwhile, Dooley, the mountain boy who is like a son to Fr. Tim, is thrown into jail, and the quiet woman who seemed the perfect tenant for the rectory house surprises the minister with a lawsuit. Additionally, an unexpected storm moves in off the ocean with devastating force. Karon adds a dash of suspense to her homey brew with the increasingly suspicious behavior of Fr. Tim's tenant, whose story emerges in a compelling confession. Newcomers to the series may find they have much to catch up on, but readers making a return trip to the Kavanaghs' world will be happily swept up in the maelstrom of small-town and spiritual drama that characterizes the novel. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club super release; Crossings Book Club main selection; Penguin audio; author tour.

  • AudioFile Magazine Relocating from one ministry to another proves to be a challenge for Father Tim, an Episcopal rector just retired. As he and his wife move to Whitecap Island to serve as the church's interim minister, they discover a cast of characters they never bargained for. Jan Karon's voice is pleasant; her performance truly shines when she lends a natural North Carolina accent to a few of the characters. Listeners looking for a sweet story with a quirky twist will surely enjoy A NEW SONG. R.A.P. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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