Out to Canaan

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Penguin, 1998 - Fiction - 342 pages
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The fourth novel in the beloved Mitford series, by the bestselling author of At Home in Mitford and Somebody Safe with Somebody Good 

Millions of readers have come home to Mitford, the little town with the big heart, whose endearing and eccentric residents have become like family members. But now change is coming to the hamlet. Father Tim, the Episcopal rector, and his wife Cynthia are pondering retirement; a brash new mayoral candidate 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. Meanwhile, ordinary people are leading the extraordinary lives that hundreds of thousands of readers have found so inviting and inspiring.

Peopled with the lovable cast of characters familiar to so many, and peppered with plenty of new and colorful personalities, Out to Canaan is filled to the brim with the mysteries and miracles that make everyday life worth living, and that make Mitford one of the most memorable small towns in recent literature.

 

 


 

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User Review  - 72756 - Overstock.com

The Mitford series is second to none in reading and enjoyment! Out to Canaan is my favorite in the series. It is the only series I have read cover to cover twice! Humorous true to life and inspirational are the words that can describe this incredible series! Read full review

Review: Out To Canaan, The Mitford Years Series #4

User Review  - miralee - Christianbook.com

Jan Karon continues to amaze me with her well written work. This is a continuation of Father Tim and Cynthia's life while considering retirement. A story that draws you in and keeps you there from the ... Read full review

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Contents

A Tea and a Half
1
Step by Step
18
Eden
35
A Full House
52
Out to Canaan
70
A Small Boom
89
Housewarming
108
Political Barbecue
125
Waiting
199
The Fields Are White
217
Play Ball
232
Day into Night
242
Bookends
256
Deep Blue Sea
269
A Cup of Kindness
284
Fernbank
302

Life in the Fast Lane
143
Those Who Are Able
162
Amazing Grace
181
New Every Morning
322
Lion and Lamb
336
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About the author (1998)

Jan Karon, born Janice Meredith Wilson in the foothills of North Carolina, was named after the title of a popular novel, Janice Meredith.

Jan wrote her first novel at the age of ten. "The manuscript was written on Blue Horse notebook paper, and was, for good reason, kept hidden from my sister. When she found it, she discovered the one curse word I had, with pounding heart, included in someone's speech. For Pete's sake, hadn't Rhett Butler used that very same word and gotten away with it? After my grandmother's exceedingly focused reproof, I've written books without cussin' ever since."

Several years ago, Karon left a successful career in advertising to move to the mountain village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and write books. "I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author," she says. "I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk."

Enthusiastic booksellers across the country have introduced readers of all ages to Karon's heartwarming books. At Home in Mitford, Karon's first book in the Mitford series, was nominated for an ABBY by the American Booksellers Association in 1996 and again in 1997. Bookstore owner, Shirley Sprinkle, says, "The Mitford Books have been our all-time fiction bestsellers since we went in business twenty-five years ago. We've sold 10,000 of Jan's books and don't see any end to the Mitford phenomenon."

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