These High, Green Hills

by Jan Karon

Paperback, 1997

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Penguin Books (1997), 368 pages


Fiction. Literature. HTML:Join #1 New York Times bestselling author Jan Karon on a trip to Mitford�a southern village of local characters so heartwarming and hilarious you'll wish you lived right next door. At last, Mitford's rector and lifelong bachelor, Father Tim, has married his talented and vivacious neighbor, Cynthia. Now, of course, they must face love's challenges: new sleeping arrangements for Father Tim's sofa-sized dog, Cynthia's urge to decorate the rectory Italian-villa-style, and the growing pains of the thrown-away boy who's become like a son to the rector. Add a life-changing camping trip, the arrival of the town's first policewoman, and a new computer that requires the patience of a saint, and you know you're in for another engrossing visit to Mitford�the little town that readers everywhere love to call home.… (more)

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LibraryThing member MrsLee
The saga continues as we follow our favorite couple through the rough patches of settling into marriage. The town, as always, is there to help, or criticize, depends on who is talking. Mitford is my happy place. Things work out the way they should there.
LibraryThing member karriethelibrarian
I get so wrapped up in these stories that I can't wait to get through one and read the next. There was a time when I thought I was too young to enjoy these sleepy, gentle stories, but I've realized that you're never too young or too old to read a good love story.
LibraryThing member universehall
This will be a quick one - because I have little more to say about this book other than, "If you liked the other ones, you'll like this," and make a comment on the writing style.

On the writing style: There is always just a touch of awkwardness in the writing of the Mitford books... a smidge of
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"this situation feels manufactured" here and there. There is a point when Fr. Tim is trying to think of a way to tell Miss Sadie that a lifestyle change is in order... He thinks of a solution for the problem, and the problem is immediately resolved. There was a very strong sense of, "The author saw this particular string of plot wasn't going anywhere and got rid of it," rather than "This was a well-resolved issue."

That said, I don't think that the writing style or plot structure issues impair my enjoyment of the books. Third book in the series, the author makes a good attempt at explaining back story for readers who may be unfamiliar with the other two... But really, there is a lot you would probably be scratching your head over if you hadn't read them. I recommend reading this book, in order, after the other two. Like the other two, I read this book very fast and enjoyed it thoroughly.
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LibraryThing member seoulful
A continuation of the wonderful Mitford Series, this book featuring the integration of a 62 year old bachelor Anglican priest and an author of children's books into the overwhelmingly and unexpectedly (on the part of Father Tim) delightful state of marriage. All of the old characters remain to
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cheer on the undertaking and to work through the myriad of problems that abound in the families of Mitford.
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LibraryThing member fingerpost
Not usually one to read a series all at once, it's been a couple of years since I read book 2 in Jan Karon's Mitford series. But after reading House of Sand and fog, an excellent book but an incredible downer, I wanted a book I knew would be uplifting and pleasant, which Karon's books definitely
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are. As with the two previous books, there are several plots, no one taking precedence over the others. Father Tim and Cynthia settle into their marriage, Dooley grows up a bit and begins to drift away, Miss Sadie falls into poor health, Lace Turner is introduced - an abused girl from The Creek community, and other stories as well. A few good laughs, a few tears, but mostly refreshing pleasantness.
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LibraryThing member meyben
Father Tim gets lost in a cave, meets a creek girl, visits a burn victem and much much more.
LibraryThing member SABC
We're again in Midford with Father Tim who has married his talented and vivacious neighbor, Cynthia. New challenges await the new couple.
LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
Father Tim is settling into marriage and dealing with some harsher realities of life in his community. This book is maybe not as funny as the first two but some of the overarching stories in the series are advanced, though not resolved (much like life where endings sometimes take a long time to
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arrive and aren't always happy).
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LibraryThing member jlapac
This series of books is good comfort "food". There is action, but no violence or explicit sex. I like the characters and the way they develop in the story.
LibraryThing member PatienceFortitude
Loving this series. sentimental and wholesome small town stories. Great brain candy
LibraryThing member paiwakat
I love these books. They are quiet, gentle stories of love for your fellow man and relationships.
LibraryThing member PatienceFortitude
Loving this series. sentimental and wholesome small town stories. Great brain candy
LibraryThing member NellieMc
Again, if you liked the first books, this will be just as pleasurable - like a weekend in the country with good friends and nit having to do anything but be mellow.
LibraryThing member foggidawn
This book follows Fr. Tim and Cynthia in their newlywed days. This book is very similar to its predecessors, full of cozy small-town hijinks. Recommended for readers who enjoyed the earlier books in the series.
LibraryThing member lkernagh
It took me a bit of time to re-acquaint myself with the town folk of Mitford as three years have past since my last visit to Mitford via A Light in the Window, Book 2 in Karon’s The Mitford Years series. Even with that time gap, my memory was able to place most of the characters easily, Karon’s
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characters are that memorable! While some of the circumstances come across as a bit contrived – I am thinking about the cave scene and Father Tim’s on-going ability to control his dog Barnabas by quoting scripture to the dog – the story does an wonderful job capturing the overall quaintness of small town life. Definitely a slow-paced story, which works well when dealing with routine activities of town and parish life but seems a bit out of step in the sections where Father Tim has to face urgent social services issues or a medical crisis and the story maintains that same sedate pace.

Overall, another quaint home style read I found to be a soothing balm as it hearkens back to a less complicated way of life. A life with no social media, flashy gadgets and where computers were big black boxes of mystery that were used, grudgingly, for only basic office functions like managing parish accounts and creating mailing labels.
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LibraryThing member SarahGraceGrzy
Lovely, as always! I have never been disappointed by Jan Karon!
LibraryThing member NadineC.Keels
Timothy Kavanaugh, Father Tim, is a newlywed, and he's in for plenty more newness besides. His bride is all ready to redo his kitchen walls that have been the same since... The boy Timothy loves as his own makes a heartbreaking choice. What does Father Tim's church need a (baffling) new computer
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system for anyway? And a certain camping trip turns out to be so much more than a camping trip in These High, Green Hills by author Jan Karon.

In a way, I flew through this third book in The Mitford Years series. It's pretty remarkable how this author takes the everyday goings-on in Timothy's town and brings out such a humorous, homey quality. Homey enough so that when the unfortunate, stinging, and even tragic moments hit, they matter all the more. The townsfolk matter. And I appreciate how Father Tim, a rector in his sixties, is still learning, growing, and experiencing new adventures.

It could be so easy for rather easy reading to be simplistic, corny, predictable, likely oversweet fare instead of this warm, funny, touching, sprightly-paced stuff that weaves in clever and unexpected bits all along the way. I'll certainly be going on to read Book Four.
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LibraryThing member Jean_Sexton
When my soul needs soothing, I return to Mitford. Somehow I always find what I need in these novels. Perhaps it is because, like Father Tim, I am recently married later in life. This novel has themes of what marriage means. Perhaps it is because I have faced loss recently, as have so many during
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this pandemic. These High, Green Hills explores profound, unimaginable loss and mourning. Perhaps it is because of the joy in the fellowship of friends. I needed this book now.

Released in 1996, I believe the setting is earlier in the 1980s when home computers were still relatively new, and word processing was in its infancy. While there are serious moments and sad, they are leavened by humor that is always kind.

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Mitford. Do start at the beginning of the series so you can watch the characters evolve. The series is highly recommended.
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LibraryThing member PatienceFortitude
Loving this series. sentimental and wholesome small town stories. Great brain candy
LibraryThing member m.belljackson
Even with the familiar Grille characters and the rector's predictable inactions,
the plot falls flat with the boring cave episode and too many unresolved loopholes:

Why didn't Tim and Cynthia immediately tell the doctor and Buck to go to Lace and her mother?
Buck would have stopped the father from any
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future beatings or worse
and Hoppy would have taken the mother to a hospital and on to a nursing home.

Why didn't Louella, Tim, and the Constable simply disable the car
to prevent Sadie from killing someone?

Why does Tim keep calling his wife Kavanaugh when it just sounds phony and
would not be something Cynthia would actually permit...?

Why didn't everyone immediately go get Poobaw?

And why is there no mention at all of Pauline's 4 year old daughter Jessie?
And the missing kid in Oregon - no search there either.

Tim and Cynthia don't care as they go romping away to another scenic picnic.
while there is no response from Dooley before he leaves...or from any adult.
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