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“There is nothing like a simple country wedding to bring out the best in people…Loyal readers who have eagerly awaited the events Karon so charmingly offers in the latest addition to her beloved Mitford series will not be disappointed.”—Booklist
“Another delightful novel…Readers will laugh and cry as they share the couple’s big day and the unexpected events that make it especially memorable. Familiar characters, lots of love, some humor, and a few surprises make this essential for all Mitford fans.”—Library Journal
"The latest entry in Karon’s Mitford series continues with all the beloved characters, down-home charm, and deep faith in God that are the hallmarks so beloved of fans."
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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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Product Details

  • Series: Mitford (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons; 1st edition (2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399167455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399167454
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,616 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an avid reader of Ms. Karon’s novels. As a matter of fact, in the past six months I have read and re-read the entire series at least 4 times while waiting not so patiently for the release of Come Rain or Come Shine. There is a reason for this. I have had a very stressful year and I find visits to Mitford very relaxing. Every character in this series is complete; there isn’t a one-dimensional body in the bunch. Even the nodding acquaintances have a unique and full place in Ms. Karon’s stories. These books make the perfect escape. I love them dearly. Reading these novels makes me feel like I’m going home.

But, her writing is also a joy to read. Her descriptions are unique and folksy, and fit perfectly with each scene and character. She weaves minor story lines through the major plot so well that, like a braided rope, the main story line is stronger, better, because it is the sum of all its parts.

Which leads me to wonder, did Ms. Karon really write Come Rain or Come Shine? Although I loved attending the wedding, from the very first page I could not shake the feeling that this was not typical Jan Karon writing. Perhaps it is the transition from Father Tim to Lace and Dooley as the main characters, changing the voice of the narrative, that bothered me. It just seemed to me that the story was superficial, the characters flat; this book seems to skim the surface of the characters’ emotions. For example in the previous books, the story of Pauline’s apology would have been much more important, given more room to breathe, more of a lead up. Here, it seemed weak and watered down. It wasn’t given enough space for the reader to really connect, to feel Pauline’s struggle, or Sammy’s struggle. A number of stories hinted at here were nothing more than a tease.
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Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon is the book that readers have been looking forward to for a long time. Dooley Kavanaugh and Lace Harper are getting married. They have decided to get married at their new home, Meadowgate. Meadowgate is a farm in Farmer, North Carolina. They want it to be a simple wedding (no wedding is simple). The wedding date is set for June 14. Dooley and Lace decided to make it a potluck dinner reception (asking each guest to bring a dish). Until the wedding, they have plenty to keep them busy. Dooley has to finish veterinary school and graduate. They are busy fixing up the farm (the house, fences, and barn). They have purchased four cows and are awaiting the arrival of their new bull, Choo-Choo (I am not kidding). Dooley will be taking over a veterinary practice after graduation and they will be installing a new sign that reads “Kavanaugh Animal Wellness Clinic”.

Lace is looking forward to her new life. She is busy looking for a wedding dress (she wants to get one for $100), making and selling her paintings (which will pay for some extras, and creating a wedding gift for Dooley. Father Tim and Cynthia have moved out to the farm to help out until the wedding. Lace and Dooley also have a special surprise for their parents. They have had something in the works for two years, and it is finally happening just before the wedding. Let us hope that everything goes off without a hitch. What could go wrong (rain, not enough food, surprise guests, escaping animals)?

Read Come Rain or Come Shine to find out what happens. I was so excited when I got a copy of this book. I have read all the books in this series (and loved them). Unfortunately, this book was a disappointment. The main problem is the way it was written.
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I was so looking forward to this book. I've been a fan of the Mitford books since the first was issued, but this was a disappointment. There were too many things happening at the time of the wedding that I thought were distracting from what the focus should have been - the committment of Dooley & Lace to each other. Choo Choo & Jack Tyler could have been saved for the next book.

I know Karon usually has several years to have gone by as a way to move the plot forward in a new novel, but it felt like too much was missed when this book began. Barnabas was a main character because of Father Tim's relationship with him, yet here his death is pretty much just mentioned as a detail. And while Dooley & Lace always had a relationship I found it a little hard to grasp how Lace went from still not trusting to being so deeply in love. I wish how their relationship evolved would have better detailed in a previous book.

The constant switching between characters, but only identifying the person as "he/she thought" was confusing. I constantly had to skip ahead to find out which character it was supposed to be. Ultimately I'm glad we finally reached the point where this couple married, but I don't feel that it was as well written as the original Mitford books.
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The hand off from Father Tim and Cynthia has begun. In this story the main character is Lace, the bride to be and we are following along while her wedding to Dooley is being planned. The story is sweet, as expected. New characters are being introduced, but as guests at the wedding, and too many at one time. Father Tim’s oldest friends are not invited to the wedding.

The story is told from the point of view of different characters. It is difficult to follow who is speaking in each paragraph. Maybe rather than a fleur de lis before each paragraph a carachter of the character could be used.

I think that maybe there were too many disasters . . .
THE most important part of a bride's story is her wedding dress and once found, it was barely given any coverage at all.
And, I could have done without the constant referral to the man sleeping through the ceremony.
I thought that Father Tim’s story was unique and I don’t like seeing hints of repeats of the same story line.

I love Jan Karon's stories but I was disappointed in the editing of this one.
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