Neighbors of Mitford

Mitford, a quaint village in the Blue Ridge mountains, is chock full of quirky folk. Father Tim shepherds the townspeople through mysteries and miracles. But what if you've read every Jan Karon book? Pay a visit to some of Mitford's neighbors while you're waiting for the newest book.

White Rabbit

By Kate Phillips

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White Rabbit explores the last, fateful day of 88-year-old of Ruth Caster Hubble, written with understated elegance, warmth, and surprising depth.

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Where Love Goes

By Joyce Maynard

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Claire is "pushing forty with a short stick." She's divorced and raising two teenagers in a small town where just about everybody else is married. Claire longs for companionship, romance, and passion. She's tried blind dates, answered the personals. She's still looking. When Claire meets Tim -- also divorced, struggling to raise his own daughter, Ursula -- she believes she's found the perfect partner and lover. But as Tim and Claire work toward joining their families and building an intimate life together, their families clash in a never-ending battle for attention and affection: Ursula resents Claire, and Claire's children hate Ursula. When Ursula wreaks a unique and deadly vengeance on everyone, her mother suddenly shows up after a two-year absence and both families spin out of control.
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What the Deaf-Mute Heard

By G.D. Gearino

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Ten-year-old Sammy Ayers woke up one morning on a bus that had reached the end of its run after an overnight trip. The night before, his mother had been beside him. Now, she was gone and he was abandoned, a lost child in a small Georgia town of the 1940s. As the curious patrons of the Barrington Bus Depot bombarded him with questions, he just kept his mouth shut. He pretended not to hear. It was on that morning, in 1940, that Sammy Ayers became deaf and mute. Alone and lost in this strange new world, Sammy found safety behind a wall of silence, a barrier that sound could not penetrate from either side - at least that's what everyone thought.

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Walking Across Egypt

By Clyde Edgerton

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Mattie Rigsbee is seventy-eight. She lives by herself in Listre, North Carolina (near Bethel). She claims she's "slowing down," but she still cuts her own grass and runs the Lottie Moon missions fund drive at Listre Baptist Church. This is the scene into which Edgerton drops Wesley Benfield -- adolescent, illegitimate, and delinquent, with a mouth full of foul language and bad teeth and a craving for good food.

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The Secrets of Barneveld Calvary

By James Calvin Schaap

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The narrator, a town pastor, brings to life the secret joys and concern of his parishioners at Barneveld Calvary in a colorful mosaic of grief and tragedy, mercy and reconciliation.

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The Poet's Homecoming

By George MacDonald, edited by Michael Phillips

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"He left the countryside the follower of restless ambition. He would return a different man."

George MacDonald (1824-1905), Scottish poet, preacher, novelist, and mystic, was one of the most original and influential writers of Victorian Britain. His books have sold in the millions of copies, and he was one of the most popular authors of the day on both sides of the Atlantic.

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The Persian Pickle Club

By Sandra Dallas

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This magical, memorable novel explores the ties that unite women through good times and bad. It is the 1930s, and hard times have hit Harleyville, Kansas, where crops are burning up and there's not a job to be found. For one young farm wife, the highlight of each week is the gathering of the Persian Pickle Club, a group of locals dedicated to improving their minds, exchanging gossip, and putting their well-honed quilting skills to good use.

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The Funeral Makers

By Cathie Pelletier

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Meet the residents of Mattagash, Maine, a dull backwater town rocked by scandal, seduction, mayhem, blackmail, and the only recorded case of beriberi on the entire North American continent!

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The Cape Ann

By Faith Sullivan

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In a small Minnesota town during the Depression, six-year-old Lark narrates the story of her life, and the adult events going on in the town around her.

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She Flew the Coop: Life, Death, Sex and Recipes in Limoges, Louisiana

By Michael Lee West

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Vangie Nepper and her husband search for love outside the home and gossip about their neighbors in a sharp, humorous portrayal of life in a friendly but strait-laced Louisiana town in the fifties.

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