Jan Karon's Mitford series is considered a part of the fiction/Christian fiction genre. Karon's website describes the novels as a comedic and mysterious story about a beautiful, pure and lovable town with equally lovable townsfolk. The main character, Father Tim, is Mitford's bachelor church leader.
The Mitford series has appeared many times on the New York Times bestseller list. As of February 2015, the Mitford series also appears on Goodread's "Popular Christian Fiction Books" list, receiving an average four-star review from over 30,000 reviewers. Other popular books by Jan Karon relating to the Mitford series include "Home to Holly Springs," "The Mitford Cookbook" and "Patches of Godlight."