About the book (from the publisher): Over the course of ten Mitford novels, fans have kept a special place in their hearts for Dooley Kavanagh, first seen in At Home in Mitford as a barefoot, freckle-faced boy in filthy overalls.
Now, Father Tim Kavanagh’s adopted son has graduated from vet school and opened his own animal clinic. Since money will be tight for a while, maybe he and Lace Harper, his once and future soul mate, should keep their wedding simple.
So the plan is to eliminate the cost of catering and do pot-luck. Ought to be fun.
An old friend offers to bring his well-known country band. Gratis.
And once mucked out, the barn works as a perfect venue for seating family and friends.
Piece of cake, right?
In Come Rain or Come Shine, Jan Karon delivers the wedding that millions of Mitford fans have waited for. It’s a June day in the mountains, with more than a few creatures great and small, and you’re invited – because you’re family.
By the way, it’s a pretty casual affair, so come as you are and remember to bring a tissue or two. After all, what’s a good wedding without a good cry?
My review: Brew some coffee or tea. Wrap yourself up in a cozy throw. Let your shoulders drop. A trip to Mitford guarantees a slower pace, a letting go, a reminder of just what is truly important in life.
I’ve come to love all the characters in Mitford, characters that Karon has developed over time, each of them growing and changing over the course of the twelve Mitford novels. Lovable, irascible, eccentric and richly drawn by Karon, they are like old friends now. Are there really places like Mitford? Or like Three Pines in the Louise Penny series? One can only hope. If there are, I’d like to live there.
This story concentrates on the wedding of Dooley and Lace. As in all Karon’s novels, the story is told from different characters’ points of view and, this time, we get to hear the voices of Dooley and Lace in a way we haven’t before. If you’ve followed along with the series, hearing the adult versions of these beloved characters is a revelation. You’ll find yourself cheering for them as they move into this new chapter of their lives.
Karon always provides a healthy dose of humor and, as always, Father Tim’s observations of those around him bring a smile.
I read this novel on my Kindle and, if you’re familiar with eReaders, there is often a number in the lower right hand corner that tells you where you are – the percentage of novel read so far. At about 75%, with a quarter of the novel yet to go, I started crying. And I didn’t stop until the end.
What can I say? This is Karon’s gift. She creates characters who are real, warts and all; loving and funny and good and maddening and solid as a rock. She has created a community of Southern eccentrics with big warm hearts and a true sense of what truly matters; love, kindness, and compassion for all creatures.
I feel better for having read a Jan Karon book. I am reminded of the ‘stuff of life.’ I feel grounded once again.
I loved it. It’s a simple as that.
About the author: Jan Karon is the author of the bestselling series of twelve Mitford novels featuring Episcopal priest Father Timothy Kavanagh and the fictional village of Mitford, the most recent of which, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, has spent more than two months on The New York Times bestseller list. She is also the author of eleven other books, including a cookbook and several books for children. Karon lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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