Another review from the files for you today, and one that was particularly satisfying when I was finally able to bury it in my Victory Garden. Why, you may ask, was I so especially thrilled with myself when I actually finished this book? First of all, it was the first (and thus far only) book I'd read for Book Dragon's Lair's Getting Lost in a Comfortable Book challenge. But more importantly, this was my FOURTH ATTEMPT to get into and all the way through this book. I don't know what stopped me the first three times; I'm just pleased that I finally managed it.
March 8, 2012
I really LOVED this book. I sort of have to laugh at myself for loving it, considering that it's a little meandering, that one of the main characters is a little annoying, and that the whole "town that time forgot" theme is MORE than a little improbable. But I loved it all the same. It's just so comfy and cozy and wholesome. Reading it is kind of like spending an evening soaking in a bubble-laden bath, snuggling up in flannels and hand-knitted socks before a lovely fire, and then slipping away to sleep between cool, clean sheets. In other words, it doesn't get much snugglier than this book.
Fr. Timothy is an Episcopal priest, the rector of Lord's Chapel in the hills of Mitford, North Carolina. The tiny southern town has its requisite share of odd and quirky "characters," beautiful gardens and small shops. "Where everybody knows your name" kind of thing. There's a bit more Evangelicalism in the book than I would prefer, but I still enjoyed the discussions of liturgical Episcopalianism. Like so many other things in Mitford, a visit to Lord's Chapel is like using a time machine, with its portrait of the Madonna and Child and its regular application of incense. Really, that's one of the nicest things about the whole experience.
On a personal note, I found Fr. Tim's struggles to adjust to his diagnosis of diabetes heartening, as I'm still battling with that same adjustment myself. He gave me some hope to keep trying.