HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: In This Mountain: The Mitford Years, Book 7
Author: Jan Karon
Illustrator: Donna Kae Nelson
Publisher: Penguin Books, reissued in 2003
ISBN-13: 978-0670031047 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0670031046 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0142002582 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0142002585 (Paperback)
Language level: 2
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Karon, Jan. In This Mountain: The Mitford Years, Book 7 (published in 2002 by Viking Adult, a division of Penguin Putnam Inc., 375 Hudson St., New York City, NY 10014, a member of The Penguin Group). Tim Kavanaugh, a retired Episcopalian minister, and his wife Cynthia have been at home in Mitford, NC, for three years since returning from an interim stay on Whitecap Island. Though Tim dislikes change, he dislikes retirement even more, so he and Cynthia gear up for a year-long ministry among the poor in neighboring Tennessee. However, a serious health problem interferes with their plans. Meanwhile, life in Mitford hums along as usual. Dooley looks toward his career as a vet. Joe Ivey and Fancy Skinner fight a haircut price war that takes no prisoners. Percy steps out on a limb with a risky new menu item at the Main Street Grill. And the man in the attic from the very first book of the series returns. But how will all this be affected by the continuing pursuit of his ever-present nemesis, former parishoner Edith Mallory?
In This Mountain is the seventh novel in Jan Karon’s bestselling Mitford Years series. As I’ve said before, there are some things in these books which I really like and other things that I wish had been written differently. Quite a few euphemisms occur—Tim says “Blast” frequently, and the words “God” and “Lord” are often used in such a way that it is difficult to tell whether they are being said with reverence or just as exclamations. A few references to drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco, sometimes with rather detailed descriptions of blowing smoke, are found. And, of course, a lot of denominational concepts, terms, and practices are mentioned. Still, in general one can appreciate the fact that many instances of sincere people who are really trying to live their lives by faith in God are an integral part of the plot, and the good always triumphs over the bad. Most interesting of all is the ending that no one can ever forget.