At Home in Mitford introduces the reader to the quirky cast of characters that Jan Karon created. At the focus of the novel is Father Tim, priest at The Lord's Chapel and a perennial bachelor. Father Tim is joined by lovable secretary Emma, a huge dog that behaves only when quoted Scriptures, an 11 year old boy with a horrible mouth, his new housekeeper Puny, and a myriad of other lively and very interesting people (to say the least).
In this first book, Father Tim must deal with several issues that have made their way into his life. A very attractive single woman moves next door, with a cat no less, stolen jewels are found in the church, and he is diagnosed with diabetes resulting in his giving up of every food he has ever enjoyed. All through this, Father Tim keeps a positive attitude, always thanking the Lord for what he has been given, and trying to find viable solutions for every problem.
I loved this book and often found myself chuckling at the silly dog, Father Tim's reactions to his new experiences, and Dooley's antics. The town and it's people are lovable and smile inducing. I think I picked a great author for this challenge!