Monday, May 21, 2018

Book Review - To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon

To Be Where You Are
(The Mitford Years #14)
by Jan Karon

G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2017

Reviewed by Diane Busch

Love love love this book.  Love the author; love the narrator; love the characters; love the story line. .After listening to all the Mitford books in audio format that John McDonough has performed, his voice and style are such a big part of my enjoyment of these well-written, entertaining and inspirational books by Jab Karon.  Listening to this book was like eating my favorite comfort food, every bite delicious with a comfortable familiarity. The characters are like old friends and listening is like a family reunion.. In this book it was great to see such growth and success in many of the characters’ lives and in some of the relationships. Many loose ends were wrapped up, so to speak, but there is always room for more story lines in the future.  I won’t be a spoiler and give away many details here, because you need to read the book yourself.  But Father Tim, with his servant’s heart, volunteers to run the town grocery store when it’s owner gets ill and is hospitalized. Dooley works hard at his veterinary practice. Cynthia and Lace continue to paint.  A little bit of small town drama is sprinkled throughout. There are themes of forgiveness, redemption, reconciliation, restoration, love and acceptance. 

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