A New Song
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As if being a priest in this day and age isn't difficult enough, try shepherding two parishes, located hundreds of miles apart, at the same time. A predicament of biblical proportions indeed, but one the indomitable Father Tim Kavanaugh and his cheerful wife, Cynthia, can handle, with a little help from the Lord--not to mention their friends--in Jan Karon's A New Song, the fifth installment in her much-loved Mitford series. When asked to act as interim minister for a tiny island parish in North Carolina's Outer Banks, the recently retired Father heeds the call, all the while trusting in a divine master plan: "He had prayed that God would send him wherever He pleased, and when his bishop presented the idea of Whitecap, he knew it wasn't his bishop's bright idea at all, but God's."

From the more routine duties of settling into a new church to dealing with a number of deeper domestic issues--including a single mother's spiral into depression and a reclusive next door neighbor in need of kindness--Father Tim's new parish presents a welcome challenge. All the while, of course, the folks back home keep him informed of goings-on in Mitford--the biggest being the recent arrest of Dooley Barlowe, a mountain boy whom Father Tim had taken into his home and heart five years earlier. As in past Mitford episodes, things have a way of working themselves out, but not before Father Tim and his accompanying cast learn a few more valuable lessons about life. Full of the homey atmosphere and heartwarming truths--not to mention the endearingly quirky characters--that are Karon's trademark, A New Song is a delightful celebration of the communal ties that bind. --Stefanie Hargreaves

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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.-


Customer Reviews:

  • RDB
    I've listened to the whole series and loved it, now I'm buying the series again one at a time and sending to my mom for Xmas, birthdays, mothers day, etc. She loves the story line, and listen to alittle bit each day. ...more info
  • As beautifully soul-sating as the rest ...
    This author has truly tapped into a rich literary vein and continues her series with the same warmth of style, depth (and consistency) of characterization, and great storytelling which has become its hallmark. While Father Tim, Cynthia, Dooley and all the rest are here in abundance, there are some great new characters, reflective of the setting move to the Outer Banks. Her portrayal of the folk there is spot-on as usual and she manages to adroitly display all the eccentricities, foibles, and endearing humanity, without being maudlin. The spiritual depth and even bits of mild theology add to the mix in resonant and surprising ways. As I've said of this writer before, it is a mistake to constantly label these works as "Christian fiction;" certainly they are all that the label implies, but so much more as well. Don't be put off by labels; there's so much here for all spiritual ramblers and questers of all stripes. Always, again consistently, a blessed reading experience....more info
  • Must be good
    I bought this book for my lovely wife. She's still feeding me so it must be good......more info
  • Typical !
    Typical for Karon, this book seems to force me to go to the store and buy the next one.Unfortunately, I read much faster than she writes....more info
  • Beloved Mitford Series
    Most wonderful fiction series I've read in many years! I love Jan Karon's Mitford Season, and can't wait until the next ones come out. The characters have become so real to me, I feel like I've known them all my life. I am an avid reader and truly dread coming to the end of each of these books. It's hard to find good Christian fiction, which are loved even by those who do not usually read Christian literature, but these fit the bill! I give them for gifts to many....more info
  • Another Visit with Old Friends
    A visit to Mitford is like a breath of fresh air, a reacquaintance with old friends, and a renewal of faith all in one. After four previous books, Jan Karon has once again drawn us into the spell of the small town life that glows with love, life, and spirituality. This time, we not only get to catch up with all our old friends in Mitford, but we are introduced to another congregation of interesting and unforgettable characters. When Father Timothy and Cynthia go to a small island off the North Carolina coast, we become involved in the lives of another set of wonderful--and a few not so wonderful--people. Whitecap Island is as much a microcosm as is Mitford, and Father Tim assimilates the various levels of society so that a cast of colorful characters emerges and duly receives the blessings that seem to flow effortlessly from his loving ministry, not only to his own congregation, but to everyone in town. The coastal environment also conjures up visions of the sea and all its many faces, from blue and tranquil to gray and menacing as storms roll in that challenge anyone's faith or fears. The most abiding feature of any of the Mitford books, and this one in particular, is the easy spirituality that permeates the stories. As an Episcopal priest, Father Tim exudes his belief in a loving god who is accessible to all, and in his daily life and works, he challenges and influences all whose lives he touches. The quotations from the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Episcopal Hymnal are inspiring and beautiful to the spirit. Overall, Father Tim's love and wisdom are a wealth to the readers whose lives also become filled to overflowing....more info
  • Getting Better All The Time!
    It has been a long time since a series not in the fantasy genre has captivated my attention and imagination the way Ms. Karon's Mitford series has. As a former resident of WNC, I find her firsthand insight to the people, the region and the atmosphere to be right on the mark. I love the fact that I could step out of my own doorstep and see each and every character in the series as my friends and neighbors. Well Done!

    In A New Song, Ms. Karon continues the great thread she has begun and the shift of Fr. Tim and Cynthia to Whitecap from Mitford only adds fresh vitality to this series. The characters are solid, the dialog very real and the book moves from the very serious to the sublime. *the deep sea fishing trip was so funny, I had to put the book aside and surrender to a laughing fit....thank you for that! *

    If you have enjoyed Mitford up to now, then by all means read A New Song. I fervently hope that Ms. Karon continues to bring us the news from Mitford for some time to come....more info

  • easy, breezy summer reading
    Unlike most of the other reviewers, this is my first Mitford book. I'll admit, I bought it because it seemed like a pleasant read and it was 50% off. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I could have done without the author's slight preachiness, but it *is* a book about a preacher, I suppose. It was a quick and easy read, with lots of memorable characters that make me look forward to the next installment. I found it difficult to forget adorable baby Jonathan. I wanted to comfort the tortured Morris. I guess the best way to describe A New Song is that it is cute. It paints a "cute" image of small-town USA....more info
  • New characters at last
    I forgot to say this in an earlier review that I submitted. I was tired of the predictable and cliched characters in the other books and enjoyed the cast of people more in this book. There is more to mine here, and I hope the author stays in Whitecap for awhile so she can do that digging and tell us more about these people....more info
  • The best of the Mitford books
    I found this the most interesting of the Mitford books, and unlike the other four, which I read in a couple of days, this one actually made me feel something toward the end. Yes, the books are easy reads and unsophisticated and simple, but this one found a bit of new depth....more info
  • Homesick for Mitford
    Having always been a homebody, I identified right away with Father Tim & Cynthia when they left their precious Mitford to go to Whitecap. What an adventure they had. I enjoyed every sentence of this book. Are there really people like Father Tim and Cynthia in this world? How I wish I could be their friend and neighbor. I gleaned scriptural knowledge and human knowledge from all of Jan's Mitford books. The ending of"A New Song" has me baffled indeed. Who is the man in the pearly white shirt? Could it be an angel perhaps? I will sit and sleep restlessly waiting for Jan's next book....more info
  • The Unabridged Audio Version Is To Die For
    I have all the books and the abridged audio version of this remarkable series. Both of those versions are entertaining. However, if you want to feel like you've died and gone to heaven, get the unabridged audio versions of this series performed by John McDonough. Yes, they cost more; but you won't regret it. You will have hours of relaxed entertainment....more info
  • The Unabridged Audio Version Is To Die For
    I have all the books and the abridged audio version of this remarkable series. Both of those versions are entertaining. However, if you want to feel like you've died and gone to heaven, get the unabridged audio versions of this series performed by John McDonough. Yes, they cost more; but you won't regret it. You will have hours of relaxed entertainment....more info
  • IS THIS THE END OF FATHER KANANAGH?
    I CAN'T WAIT FOR BOOK #6. HOPE IT'S OUT SOON. I, LIKE SOME OTHER READERS, WAS SURPRISED AT THE END. SEEMED MORE LIKE A MYSTERY NOVEL TO ME. I'VE READ THE WHOLE MITFORD SERIES, I'M HOOKED. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHEN THE NEXT ONE WILL BE OUT? IN ADDITION, I'M NOT PARTICULARY RELIGIOUS, BUT THIS SERIES MAKES ME FEEL SPIRITUAL AND PEACEFUL. READ A NEW SONG IN A WEEK. NOW BRING ON THE NEXT BOOK....more info
  • The Mitford Years (Series)
    This series is a delightful look at a parish priest and all his adventures and misadventures. At times you will laugh,other times feel his pain as he ministers to his sheep. It is fun to watch as a confirmed bachelor fumbles his way and finds love that both delights and surprises him. I have read and re-read all the books in this series and never tire of it. If you looking for a gift for someone who will have hours of entertaining reading this series is a must. I look forward to further books from this author who has captured the hearts of readers everywhere....more info
  • 9 Book Series
    Did not want to end this series of 9 books! So delighted to know author has more stories to come with same main character! ...more info
  • A New Song (The Mitfored Years, #5)
    The entire Mitford series experience can be compared to receiving a warm, loving embrace from your most treasured friend! The pages welcome you into an interesting, pleasant world, where solid Christian values are forefront and modern-day filth and profanity are refreshingly absent! The reader will come to love and care about Father Tim, Dooley, all the towns' people - even busybody Emma! Each book in the series welcomes you into the world of Mitford and invites you to stay as long as you can, with hospitality true to it's southern roots! I wish I lived in Mitford! ...more info
  • A wrong move
    Father Tim's move out of Mitford was an unfortunate event for both him and Ms. Mitford. Somehow the little island on North Carolina's Outer Banks just doesn't have the same quality of air. In addition, there are a couple of other sub plots that I find less than convincing.

    Near Father Tim's island residence is the mansion of a recluse who plays a mean organ and who suffers from tourette's syndrome, an incurable mental problem that is embarrassing to him. He has all sorts of tics and blurts out words he doesn't really mean. People with this problem often blurt obscenities, but not in a Karon book. My problem is that after Father Tim prays for him a few times, the recluse is able to leave his house, come to Father Tim's church, and start playing the organ there. It just isn't that simple. If it were, all those who suffer from tourette's could be cured by prayer and before Christmas.

    The second problem is with the woman who rented Father Tim's Mitford house while he is away. She is ostensibly a piano teacher, but she has ulterior motives for settling in Mitford. Through an outrageous set of circumstances she accomplishes her mission--I won't give it away, even if it is a silly flaw. Coincidences happen in real life and in fiction, but there are limits, especially in fiction. Charles Dickens' novels are full of coincidences that make a reader groan, but that was the fashion in many Victorian novels. Current literature has gone past that--or should have gone past it.

    I realize that a good many readers are addicted to this series, and I can easily understand why. It is a pleasanter world that Father Tim occupies, one with rather facile solutions to minor problems. It is a place where people are generally nice and there are no garbage cans. It is Pleasantville, the colorized version. Alas, Mitford does not exist....more info
  • Delightful... as are all of Jan Karon's books!
    Mitford is the kind of place that we would all love to live.... a slpeey little town in the mountains where you know your neighbors. I recommend buying this book... and curling up in your favorite chair with a warm blanket and cup of hot chocolate! Turn the phones off and slip away... I guarentee that you won't want to come back!...more info
  • Then Sings My Soul
    "A New Song" is capable of lifting one's soul from under winter's repression;whether it is weather or lost soul related.This book,like Jan's others,provides a cool,pristine drink from a novel bubbling with joy,life,and laughter.It satisfies the thirst for a good read that is NOT filled with sex,violence,and vulgarity!...more info
  • What's Next?
    I have just finished "A New Song," the last of the Mitford Series, and what an enjoyable series it is!

    My only question is, "What's Next?"

    Amazon.com lists a new Karon book ("A Common Life : The Wedding Story") which will be available next spring, about the marriage of Father Tim and Cynthia. But that nice event has already taken place in an earlier book. When do we get a chance to buy the next in the series by author Karon about the future of the good people of Mitford and Whitecap? Hope it's not too long....more info

  • Such a pleasant read.
    Karon's lovingly drawn characters continue to charm, and the change of scenery in this novel adds a little life to the series. Her narrative threads get away from her a bit in this installment, but it's still a wonderful read and I will look for the next one - they're especially great on the train.

    I also feel compelled to point out for the benefit of those who might be misled by others' remarks that I am a 30-year old attorney - and a non-Christian - and I still find much to enjoy in this entire series....more info

  • my review
    Once again we meet our gold old friend, Father Tim with his wife, Cynthia. Only this time, he has been assigned as interim in a parish in an Island off the coast of North Carolina.

    It has been a real pleasure reading this book and reading once again about the comings and goings, not only in Mitford, but also in Whitecap Island. This author has the incredible talent of making you feel part of this communities. You laugh with their good fortunes and you cry with their sorrow.

    Once again, a plus and a great book to read!...more info

  • Mercilessly Market Researched
    This series has for me the same fascination as a gory highway accident transformed into a ride at Disney World. Karon has taken a cue from Miss Read, and from E. F. Benson before her, but has ruthlessly purged all the intelligence and wit from her models. In place of anything that might keep a Read or Benson reader reading, Karon has supplied a relentless spout of mild soap opera, and a cast of characters whom we are apparently supposed to consider to be loveable "Fools of God," but all of whom in fact come across as complete retards. Most retarded of all is the main character, an Episcopalian "rector" named Tim Kavanaugh. When good old Tim is not delivering staggeringly mindless sermonettes cribbed from Cokesbury tracts, he is cursing himself for his own stupidity, something the long-suffering reader has already done far more colorfully than ole Tim ever could. Tim's wife Cynthia is even more retarded than Tim, which one would consider impossible until one has read a few books in the series. In this latest book, Tim gets a double dose of soap opera as he is stuck on a storm-lashed island full of the usual Karon retards, while trying to keep track of what's going on with the original retards from Mitford, his headquarters in the first four novels. Note that although set in North Carolina, the books have no black characters (except for one token maid), no Jewish characters, not even any Catholic characters. There are not even any "furriners," the most furrin character having indetectable Italian ancestry. Every person in the novels is a good ole boy (or girl as the case may be), and they do love to read their bibles, except for one character per book that hates religion because of some childhood trauma. Needless to say, Father Tim bumbles around senselessly and offends the character even more, but by the last chapter that character is a convert and is babbling meaning-free and terrifyingly insane Christian jargon with all the other characters! What a guy! This 5th novel in the series even introduces one more character who apparently is black, but you'll rest easy knowing she is also a maid.

    As I say, the fascination of a highway accident, an Ed Wood movie, or a letter from an inmate of an insane asylum. Karon will become a millionaire many times over from these books, because they are perfectly pitched at a certain type of reader, the genteel careerless, cultureless southern female of about 45 - 75 years of unwise age....more info

  • Number 5 : Number 1
    "A New Song" is my first Jan Karon novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was enthralled with Father Tim in both his role of priest and husband/father. He is a "dream come true." This novel, fifth in a series, will have me returning to the book store for the first four of the Mitford books. The final chapter of the book left me confused. If the new organist is indeed Morris, the author never developed the process taken to get Morris out of his reclusive ways. (A comment made by a child as the organist made his way to the altar convinces me that the man in the long-sleeved white shirt is Morris, but it could also have been Jeffrey since he had been described previously to have a habit of wearing long-sleeved white shirts.) I suppose that this "cliff hanger" is this author's way of leaving the door open for a next novel. We also have to have closure on the search for Dooley's other siblings as well as the court's final decision on Helene Pringle's claim to her inheritance. I look forward to novel #6, but not before I have read novels #1 though #4....more info