November 13, 2012

Reviewing My Way to Joy

Friends, unless I'm just going to lie to you all, I have to say that it's only Tuesday and already I've had a shitty week.  I hope and pray that it can only get better from here, that my doctors will continue to make progress in finally diagnosing my mystery illness, that my daughter will be able to overcome her new and worrisome addiction to playing games on my iPod Touch, and that I will stop feeling a bit like Chicken Little, running about screaming, "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!"  I'm going to take an important first, optimistic step toward this week looking up, and share another review from my Review Backlog Files, which always makes me feel like I've accomplished something worthwhile.  New posts instantly make me feel a bit more chipper, especially when you lovely people stop by and leave encouraging comments.  It's a beautiful circle of blogging friendship, really. 

*I'd like to teach the world to sing/
In perfect harmony* 

Ahem...sorry...moving on...

April 8, 2012

A Light in the Window
by Jan Karon

[I must warn you that there are SPOILERS in this review, but since the book was published in 1998, it's kind of fair game at this point, don't you think?]

So, the second of the Mitford books, and our sweet, kindly, fusty little vicar is engaged, of all things!  Or at least, by the end of the book he is, but there's an extraordinary amount of hemming and hawing about it before he and his lovely next-door neighbor finally get it sorted out.  In other words, when it comes to romance, Fr. Timothy is a scaredy cat!

Of course, you can hardly blame the man, as he's highly distracted by the machinations of a nauseating female parishioner.  She's recently widowed, and as she was never very fond of the poor blighter who was stuck with her for all those years, she's now determined to drag the poor old vicar into her bed by any means necessary!  Naturally, he would rather eat carpet tacks, and on top of everything else, he also has to find some way to keep her from driving the local diner out of business.  Never a dull moment for the harassed, well-meaning clergyman.

Honestly, these books are about 6 parts Mayberry, USA, 3 parts tent revival, and only one part believable plot, but they're soothing to read.  They're not total escapism--the characters do actually have some problems and heartaches--and though I didn't like this one as much as the first, I can still recommend it to anyone who needs something as cozy as an old bathrobe and fuzzy slippers after a long day in a busy, care-worn world.


  1. Hey JNCL... double thumbs up to new posts and that feel-good quality that always follows once you hit that publish button! Aaaah!
    Mmmmm... and you just jogged my memory by posting a few words of that delightful song... I need to put it down as one of the to-be-learned on my junior choir list...

    1. Thanks, Michelle. It really is a good feeling, isn't it? Almost as good as the frisson of excitement I feel whenever I see that someone has left me a comment (thanks again! <3) or when I finish writing another chapter of the latest WIP (which I'll hopefully be doing later tonight!).

  2. Hi JNCL, I've never read this series but I've heard all about it- one of my mom's favorites. I do have a companion book to the series that I picked up at Goodwill called "Patches of Godlight: Father Tim's Favorite Quotes" A lot of the quotes are too religiony for my taste but it's a really good collection of quotes. Great review.

    I've had a shit week too but it's picking up- I hope that the sun rises warm and sweet in your corner of the world! :)

  3. A bathrobe and fuzzy slippers, and someone reading to me would be wonderful :))) It must come from a cozy childhood memory of being excited every evening in antisipation of my dad reading to me every night before bed.

  4. Sending you good-health vibes and hoping that you have a relaxing, nonshitty weekend.


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