I love the Mitford series and now Jan Karon's Father Tim series. When a friend lent me a copy of 'At Home in Mitford' with the comment 'it's about an Episcopal priest in a small town, it will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between' , I took it home because we are great friends and have similar tastes in books. I immediately fell in love with Mitford, Father Tim, Cynthia, Dooley, Emma, Mule, JC, Percy, Velma, Esther, Uncle Billy, Rose, Miss Sadie, Louella and the list goes on. The character development is remarkable. Karon's painting with words makes you feel as though Mitford is home and the people are a dysfunctional menagerie of family and friends with whom you go through the ups and downs of life. If there really were a Mitford, I would love to retire there.