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Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good: The New Mitford Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jan Karon
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,476 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A publishing event: #1 New York Times–bestselling author Jan Karon returns—and invites her millions of fans to join her again in Mitford.
After five hectic years of retirement from Lord’s Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors.
            While glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he’s offered one, he decides he doesn’t want it. Maybe he’s lost his passion.
            His adopted son, Dooley, wrestles with his own passion—for the beautiful and gifted Lace Turner, and his vision to become a successful country vet. Dooley’s brother, Sammy, still enraged by his mother’s abandonment, destroys one of Father Tim’s prized possessions. And Hope Murphy, owner of Happy Endings bookstore, struggles with the potential loss of her unborn child and her hard-won business.
            All this as Wanda’s Feel Good Café opens, a romance catches fire through an Internet word game, their former mayor hatches a reelection campaign to throw the bums out, and the weekly Muse poses a probing inquiry: Does Mitford still take care of its own?
            Millions of fans will applaud the chance to spend time, once more, in the often comic and utterly human presence of Jan Karon’s characters. Indeed, they have never been more sympathetic, bighearted, and engaging.

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    "Karon knits Mitford's small-town characters and multiple story lines into a cozy sweater of a book.... Somewhere Safe hits the sweet spot at the intersection of your heart and your funny bone. 4/4 stars"  — USA Today 

    "Welcome home, Mitford Karon's gift for illuminating the struggles that creep into everyday lives—along with a vividly imagined world." —People

    “With the homecoming of much-beloved characters and a few new additions, Karon’s latest provides a return to a setting readers have been clamoring to revisit. Longtime readers will not be disappointed by the author’s latest cozy redemption tale.”
    Library Journal

    "The faster and more impersonal the world becomes, the more we need...Mitford."
    — Cleveland Plain Dealer
    “Loyal fans of Karon’s Mitford novels and Father Tim will be delighted once again to spend time in this quintessential American village with its leading citizen and his colorful coterie of friends, family, and dependent souls.”
    — Booklist
    "After a long hiatus, Karon  has returned with a novel that offers something for those who believe and those who do not. All the beloved quirky characters are here, the past is neatly summarized and the future, full of hope." —Kirkus Reviews

     “Terrific…built on the foundation of the first nine Mitford novels, ‘Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good’ is Karon’s best.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

    Praise for Jan Karon 
    “Jan Karon reflects contemporary culture more fully than almost any other living novelist.” —Los Angeles Times
    “The faster and more impersonal the world becomes, the more we need . . . Mitford.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer
    “Welcome home Mitford fans . . . to Karon’s gift for illuminating the struggles that creep into everyday lives—along with a vividly imagined world.” —People

    About the Author

    Jan Karon is the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of twenty-three books, including the Mitford novels, the Father Tim novels, a popular cookbook, and several books for children. She lives near Mr. Jefferson’s Monticello, a World Heritage site in Central Virginia.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 2524 KB
    • Print Length: 510 pages
    • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (September 2, 2014)
    • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00IDD9TX0
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    260 of 267 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hope to all July 26, 2014
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    `Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good' is the latest and much anticipated continuation of the Mitford series; although one would not necessarily have to have read the previous volumes - you will probably want to. There is a peace and a reality in Jan Karon's writing.

    Father Timothy and his wife Cynthia have returned to Mitford after a trip to Ireland. Readers might notice that Father Tim has turned into a bit of a curmudgeon. After such a long absence, it almost seems as if many in the town are irritable. But after all, those of us, of a certain age will probably agree with him...that it is a consolation to see someone doing the same thing over and over again - keeping things the same. He wonders where the barbershops of the past are, where a man could go for some male understanding and it seems like nothing works these days and at times it seems as if everyone is frailer.

    There are instances when the story seems to hop in time and thought, much like our own minds work in reality, but it can be a bit confusing and other than assuming the reader knows what OMC is we are welcomed into this mountain town. One will smile at thoughts like books take you to other peoples' lives and places, but you can still sit in your chair warm and cozy.

    This is a book with prayer, where the characters pray for each other to help them in their lives. It is not overwhelming to the story line; but that faith and belief is there. The people readers have come to care about are here, Dooley and his family, Barnabas, Father Tim and Cynthia. We meet some new faces and a story that finally gives the town paper some real news to report.

    Life happens and even death comes. There are the daily events and they are dealt with; but most of all there is what we have come to hold dear about Mitford...its caring, hope and of course love.
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    152 of 157 people found the following review helpful
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    I have read and loved all the books in the Mitford series and I was thrilled when I found out that Jan Karon was back with another book in the series. As soon as it arrived I cleared my schedule and sat down to get reaqauinted with all the characters that anybody whose read the series has come to know and love.

    This latest book in the series is a thick one at 500 pages and I really wanted to read it slowly to savor every page but once I started I couldn't put it down. It's so easy to get lost in the pages of a Mitford novel and this latest is no exception. I loved it from start to finish and because I don't want to give any spoilers away I'll leave the details of the story out. I will say though that the ending felt like a set up for another book in the series - at least that's what I'm hoping for!

    If you've been a fan of the other books in the series then you'll be a fan of this one too!
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    147 of 152 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Praise the Lord's Chapel, Mitford is back July 29, 2014
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    UPDATE: After only one week since release "Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good" is #2 on our local best-seller list. A must read. More Mitford is what we all begged Jan Karon for. She delivered. My wife's already finishing her second read-through. It's a novel family reunion for readers.
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    I didn't gulp down Mitford. It deserves slow succulent reading. A morsel, then contemplation; like taking a bite of Esther Bolick's orange marmalade cake, set down fork, roll tongue, and salivate. This return to Mitford, after Father Tim's gadding about other parishes, is a balm of Gilead. This NEW MITFORD NOVEL had been prayed for by Jan Karon fans for years. It's back and as good as ever.
    If it's your first time in Mitford, no worries, Jan Karon introduces you to the town's characters, past and present, in this fun and lengthy re-debut. Old Mitford fans will no doubt send this book up the best-seller charts fast.

    Like all previous Mitford books, "Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good" comes so packed with both old and fresh that it is impossible to describe in a review. Without a doubt, it's another Jan Karon 6-star novel. Village neighbors `got yur back', don't cha know; each character with realistic human issues transforming text into a genre kaleidoscope of humor, mystery, romance, tragedy, historic . . . well, CLASSIC Mitford.

    My wife and I married in our mature years, and enjoyed Mitford "A Common Life", alternating chapter reading to each other during our honeymoon. Reviewers should share their finest Mitford encounter. We own every Karon Mitford, including the cookbook.
    Should we go back to the beginning "At Home in Mitford" and read them all again? "Consider it done!"
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    84 of 91 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another Heavenly Read From Mitford August 13, 2014
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    Father Tim and Cynthia are back from Ireland and ready to take on their quiet retirement. Ha! Mitford and it's cast of quirky, but lovable townspeople have other ideas.

    The new priest, Father Talbot, fights inner demons that lead to his own demise. Of course Father Tim is called to be his replacement till Father Bob from Colorado can come in. Will Father Tim take on this challenge? Will he give up "retirement" to honor this request?

    Sammy, Dooley's youngest brother is angry and sharing that anger with all that cross his path. That he lives next door in Father's Tim's home in the basement with his brothers, puts a conundrum at Father's Tim next door step. Helene, who rents out the basement, is calling for Sammy's dismissal and runs to Father Tim to come up with a solution for her dilemma.

    Hope, from "Happy Endings Bookstore" is happily pregnant, but this blessed event confines her to bed with no one to run her shop. Who, if anyone, will step in and keep it running?

    J.C, the editor of Mitford's "The Muse" has hired a new reporter who asks, "Does Mitford Still Takes Care of It's Own?" This becomes a heated debate among the townsfolk.

    Jan Karon offers other problems, but also joys as she writes in her famous heart-rending prose. I laughed, I cried, and I LOATHED coming to the end of this larger than normal tome. I could have read 500 more pages and still never been bored. She writes with such grace, such understanding of characters, bringing them alive so that you swear you know these people. Mitford is your town as are the occupants. I own this whole series and pray that I may re-read them all someday.....for now I will say that "Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good" will be my favorite tied with "Shepherds Abiding?
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    Jan Karon is the author of the bestselling series of nine Mitford novels featuring Father Timothy Kavanagh, an Episcopal priest, and the fictional village of Mitford. Set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karon's Mitford books include At Home in Mitford; A Light in the Window; These High, Green Hills; Out to Canaan; A New Song; A Common Life: The Wedding Story; In This Mountain; Shepherd's Abiding; and Light from Heaven. The Father Tim Novels include "Home to Holly Springs" and last fall's release of "In the Company of Others," set in County Sligo, Ireland. There are over 40 million Mitford and Father Tim novels, childrens books, and CDs in print.

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    really?????? $14.99
    Yes, it is high, but I can't wait to read this, so I pre-ordered it. It's been such a long time since we were in Mitford. I can't wait. I would only pay this much for a very few books.
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