Category Archives: Mitford Series

Christmas in Mitford | Jan Karon

 

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Today I am reviewing The Mitford Snowmen and Esther’s Gift: A Mitford Christmas Story by Jan Karon.

The Mitford Snowmen

Goodreads says: It’s Christmastime in Mitford, and everyone’s favorite characters are filled with holiday spirit. In The Mitford Snowmen, a swirling snowfall brings them to Main Street for a snowman-building contest complete with doughnuts, hot chocolate, and contagious good cheer. A charming small trim size and enchanting four-color illustrations make this the perfect way to visit Mitford—and gather a heart full of Christmas joy.

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Esther’s Gift: A Mitford Christmas Story

Goodreads says: In Esther’s Gift, Esther Bolick is filled with the holiday spirit as she prepares to bake the annual batch of her famous-and utterly scrumptious-orange marmalade cakes. Right after Christmas Eve service at Lord’s Chapel, she and Gene will deliver a two-layer marmalade to each of seven friends and neighbors, all of them favorite Mitford characters. Then Gene calculates what it costs to bake this legendary cake, and Esther is stunned. Is it worth it to spend so much money on people who haven’t always measured up to her expectations? The answer is clear. She’ll cut her list back-way back.

This decision makes perfect sense until the lyrics of a Christmas carol steal into her heart, and help remind her what a gift really means.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I chuckled the whole time I was reading The Mitford Snowmen, as local shopkeepers, with help from Father Tim and Uncle Billy, compete to see who can win Mitford’s First Annual Snowman Jubilee. When Esther Cunningham, the mayor, gets involved, the fun continues.

Then I read Esther’s Gift (not to be confused with Esther Cunningham, the mayor). This short story is about Esther Bolick… the one who makes those famous orange marmalade cakes that everyone loves (and sent Father Tim into a sugar-induced coma)! When Esther asks her hubby Gene to figure out how much her 2-layer orange marmalade cakes cost to make, he includes her labor and the cost of the electricity and comes up with a whopping $43!

Esther and the others in this sweet little community will steal your heart, quickly making you a Father Tim fan (or perhaps a Jan Karon fan). Don’t miss out on these stores. They should be read not just once, but every Christmas… I know I will be reading them to my grandchildren soon.

Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!

 

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

2013 favorite books

Welcome 2014!

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There’s no way I can list all the books I read in 2013… after moving, I discovered Amish books. I have purchased dozens of books in 2013 but the list is too long, so I’ve listed my favorite series below:

1. Quilts of Lancaster County (Barbara Cameron)

2. The Pebble Creek Amish Series (Vannetta Chapman)

3. Shipshewanna Amish Mystery (Vannetta Chapman)

4. Kauffman Amish Bakery Series (Amy Clipston)

5. Little Valley Series (Jerry Eicher)

6. The Adams County Trilogy (Jerry Eicher)

7. Lancaster County Secrets (Suzanne Woods Fisher)

8. Stoney Ridge Seasons (Suzanne Woods Fisher)

9. The Inn at Eagle Hill (Suzanne Woods Fisher)

10. The Half-Stitched Knitting Club (Wanda Brunstetter)

11. The Women of Lancaster County (Mindy Starns Clark / Leslie Gould)

12. 7 Brides for 7 Brothers (Tricia Goyer)

13. The Secrets of Crittenden County (Shelley Shepard Gray)

14. Sisters of the Heart (Shelley Shepard Gray)

15. Seasons of Sugarcreek (Shelley Shepard Gray)

16. Ada’s House (Cindy Woodsmall)

17. Sisters of the Quilt (Cindy Woodsmall)

We are also collecting the Quilts of Love series (I have 5 so far) and the Love Finds You In… series (I have 15 so far).

Of the Amish series, my favorites are the Amish Vines & Orchards series and the Christmas in Apple Ridge (Cindy Woodsmall).

We have given books away and bought more bookcases, but there’s always another one to collect…

Favorite authors/books of 2013

Day #31 – Today I am listing some of my favorite authors and books of 2013…

We moved to another apartment the end of January 2013, and the first thing I did after unpacking my books was to read the Mitford series by Jan Karon.

I love the Father Tim books. I usually read through them every year. They are entertaining and very inspiring. After my KJV Bible, they are my favorite books!

Before moving I had gotten rid of a lot of books that I had designated inappropriate (but still owned because they had been packed away for awhile).

Listed below are a few others that I kept:

Nancy Drew – I must have 60 or more, as I have collected them for years, saving them for my grandchildren.

Hardy Boys – I have only recently begun collecting them for my grandson (I have about 15).

Guideposts has several series, such as Stories from Hope Haven (I have 5), Home to Heather Creek (I have 4) and the Grace Chapel Inn series (I have 3).

Janette Oke writes wonderful Christian historical books… I have been collecting her books for 30 years. You might recognize her Love Comes Softly series (these novels inspired family movies with the same titles).

Robin Jones Gunn has been a favorite of my daughter for many years… we have the Christy Miller series and the Sierra Jensen series.

Getting rid of the books with inappropriate words/actions meant in February I went looking for others that were more appropriate…

I found books about Amish and Mennonites, along with a few others, that fit my criteria.

Read about these tomorrow in my first blog for 2014.

Happy New Year!

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Christmas in Mitford (gift set) by Jan Karon

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Day #3 – Today I am reviewing The Mitford Snowmen and Esther’s Gift: A Mitford Christmas Story by Jan Karon.

The Mitford Snowmen

Goodreads says: It’s Christmastime in Mitford, and everyone’s favorite characters are filled with holiday spirit. In The Mitford Snowmen, a swirling snowfall brings them to Main Street for a snowman-building contest complete with doughnuts, hot chocolate, and contagious good cheer. A charming small trim size and enchanting four-color illustrations make this the perfect way to visit Mitford—and gather a heart full of Christmas joy.

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Esther’s Gift: A Mitford Christmas Story

Goodreads says: In Esther’s Gift, Esther Bolick is filled with the holiday spirit as she prepares to bake the annual batch of her famous-and utterly scrumptious-orange marmalade cakes. Right after Christmas Eve service at Lord’s Chapel, she and Gene will deliver a two-layer marmalade to each of seven friends and neighbors, all of them favorite Mitford characters. Then Gene calculates what it costs to bake this legendary cake, and Esther is stunned. Is it worth it to spend so much money on people who haven’t always measured up to her expectations? The answer is clear. She’ll cut her list back-way back.

This decision makes perfect sense until the lyrics of a Christmas carol steal into her heart, and help remind her what a gift really means.

MY THOUGHTS:

I chuckled the whole time I was reading The Mitford Snowmen, as local shopkeepers, with help from Father Tim and Uncle Billy, compete to see who can win Mitford’s First Annual Snowman Jubilee. When Esther Cunningham, the mayor, gets involved, the fun continues.

Then I read Esther’s Gift (not to be confused with Esther Cunningham, the mayor). This short story is about Esther Bolick… the one who makes those famous orange marmalade cakes that everyone loves (and sent Father Tim into a sugar-induced coma)! When Esther asks her hubby Gene to figure out how much her 2-layer orange marmalade cakes cost to make, he includes her labor and the cost of the electricity and comes up with a whopping $43!

Esther and the others in this sweet little community will steal your heart, quickly making you a Father Tim fan (or perhaps a Jan Karon fan). Don’t miss out on these stores. They should be read not just once, but every Christmas… I know I will be reading them to my grandchildren soon.

Donna Reads… favorite titles!

I’m sure I’ll leave out many, but want to list a few favorite titles on my first day of blogging!

Growing up, my favorite books were the Nancy Drew series. My sister would buy them for me on every occasion. Years later, just before getting divorced, I lost them. Lately I’ve begun collecting them again for my grandchildren.

Another big favorite were the Grace Livingston Hill series. I still have most of these… and I’ve added to my collection over the years. It’s hard to believe Ms. Hill began writing (and publishing) her books almost 100 years ago!

When my children were young, another favorite author was Janette Oke. I have most of her books, which I much prefer over the movies adapted from her books.

Several years ago, I discovered the Father Tim / Mitford series by Jan Karon. These are still a favorite series. Every 2-3 years, I pull them out and read them again… starting with the first and not stopping til I’ve read the newest one!

Now it’s time to start writing reviews…

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