A Light in the Window
by Jan Karon The Second Book in the Mitford Series
Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0-14092545404
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Reviewed by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This is the Place
For an author, trilogies are trying. That’s sometimes true for the reader, too. The first book has to have an ending but not so much of one that the reader won’t want to follow the characters they have learned to know from one book to another. The author faces the same task with the second.
"A Light in the Window" is Jan Karon’s second in a series. It was originally a trilogy, but is now a series. Karon does serialization very well not only because her characters are extremely likeable but also because she understands that, if a book can’t have a nice ending, all tied up in a bow, then at least it had better have a satisfying premise.
“Light,” the second book in the series about a small town in the Carolinas, is really about commitment and fear. Although the characters and place seem to be almostfrom another century, the theme is also a current one. Some have thought that, because the story does seem to unfold gently in another time and another place, it is “only” a tender tale not applicable to life today.
Don’t you believe it. If a reader should become so engrossed in the minute tribulations of Mitford that she doesn’t see how it applies to the present—perhaps even to her own life--then perhaps she’ll want to go back and read it again. There is far more in this little volume than may, at first, meet the eye.
(Carolyn Howard-Johnson is a columnist for the Pasadena Star-News and writes
movie reviews for the Glendale New-Press. She is also the author of "This is the Place"
a coming-of-age story about a young journalist who finds the courage and vision to
lead a life she had never imagined. The prologue is available by sending
an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.)