My rating: 4.75 of 5 stars
I’ve been making my way slowly through Jan Karon’s delightful Mitford series, relishing the many unique characters as they deal with their individual crises in the picturesque small-town setting that by now feels like home when I read the novels. However, I found the last couple I read plodding. Shepherds Abiding, which takes place in the months leading up to Christmas, though, is fast-paced and particularly heart-warming. With a slightly smaller cast of characters and narrower time frame, it is more focused and happier in tone than the previous books. It was the perfect read for the busy holiday season and a story that can be read over and over again.
If you enjoy a gentle read or heart-warming Christian fiction, I highly recommend reading the entire Mitford series. It has an open-minded, open-hearted message and a leisurely pace needed when the world gets to be too much.