Out to Canaan is the fourth novel in the beloved Mitford series by Jan Karon. You might also enjoy reading my book reviews of the first three books, At Home in Mitford, A Light in the Window, and These High, Green Hills. I am enjoying the series very much.
The following synopsis is from the back cover of Out to Canaan. My Goodreads book review follows.
Thousands of readers have found a home in Mitford, the little town with the big heart. But now change is coming to the village. Father Tim, the Episcopal rector, and his wife are pondering the murky uncertainties of retirement; a brash new mayoral candidate is calling for aggressive development; a shady 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 engage in the extraordinary struggle of keeping body and soul together.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Public library copy. Mitford series #4. So far I have loved every book in the series.
Out to Canaan covers the final year before Father Tim’s retirement. The story is full of twists and turns. The man is busier helping people than ten people! And if it can happen, it happens to him 🙂 Difficulties and roadblocks, the stuff of real life.
What can I say? The writing is superb, the characters are indelibly etched in the reader’s mind, and there is never a dull moment in Mitford. I highly recommend this series. Smiles, tears, introspective thinking .. this book involves the reader in many different aspects.
Out to Canaan is special because Dooley Barlowe has a more active role in the story. It is a joy to watch his character mature. I enjoy Cynthia’s role also, and particularly love hearing that she and Father Tim have prayed ‘the prayer that cannot fail’. You’ll just have to read the book to find out what it is.