Sunday, April 21, 2013

Out to Canaan, by Jan Karon

Out to Canaan (Fourth Novel in Bestselling Mitford Series)

Author: Jan Karon
Published By: Penguin Books
Date Published: April 1, 1998
Genre: Christian, fiction
Pages: 342
Recommended Age: Adult
Reviewed By: Theresa My Reading Rainbow
Rating: 5

This book is from my personal collection.

Change is coming to the Mitford. Father Tim, the Episcopal rector, and his wife Cynthia are pondering retirement. A man is running for mayor against the town’s beloved mayor and is calling for aggressive development.  A suspicious realtor with plans for a health spa is eyeing the beloved house on the hill; and, worst of all, the Sweet Stuff Bakery may be closing.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading Out to Canaan by Jan Karon. I love the character of Fr. Tim, his wife Cynthia, and his adopted son Doolley. I love how Jan Karon weaved a mystery around the new mayoral candidate and the out-of-town realtors.

I enjoy reading the Mitford series. Jan Karon draws a picture of a small mountain town in North Carolina. Karon has a way of pulling the reader into the town and making him or her part of the town. The reader comes to love the town citizens and do not want them to be taken advantage of and misused by the out-of-towners and the richest woman in the town.  The reader knows as much as is going on in Mitford as Fr. Tim does.

I plan on reading the fifth book in the series and I recommend that you pick up the Mitford series.  The best part of the series you can read them in order or start with any book; it’s not a To Be Continue series.  But I guarantee you that whatever Mitford book you start with you are going to want to read the whole series when you are done.  For these reasons, I give Out to Canaan by Jan Karon five stars and a grade of A+.

Language: None
Adult Content: None
Violence: None