For nearly a decade, Jan Karon's bestselling series about the "little town with the big heart" has delighted fans. They will find her trademark talents in full view in this concluding volume.

Light from Heaven
(Mitford Years)

by Jan Karon
384 pp.; $26.95

Father Tim Kavanagh and his wife, Cynthia, are on a farm, housesitting for friends. Artist Cynthia is hard at work on a new calendar featuring Violet the cat, while Father Tim undertakes reviving Holy Trinity, a mostly abandoned mountain church. With their (now formally) adopted son Dooley firmly on the right path, the aging couple takes on a new challenge: Dooley's pool-shooting younger brother, Sammy. And the search continues almost to the closing pages for Dooley's long-missing sibling, Kenny.

Woven throughout the narrative are hymns, jokes, short sermons, mouth-watering food (and some not so mouth-watering, such as squirrel soup), and colorful mountain characters and dialect. Strong themes of faith proliferate.

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