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Come Rain or Come Shine Hardcover – September 22, 2015
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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."
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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love her Medford novels . they have been funny. couldn't wait for this one.Published 17 hours ago by Barbara Kesselring
This is the best in the Mitford series books. So uplifting and positive. Can't wait for another Mitford book to come out. Thanks, Jan Karon.Published 18 hours ago by eledoc
Ms Karon never disappoints. Love love love her writing and have since her first of the Mitford series. I never want them to end.Published 18 hours ago by Nancy
Just lovely. Hoping this isn't the last of the Mitford stories. So heartwarming...seeing the ordinary as extraordinary again. Thank you.Published 19 hours ago by T. B. Travelstead
Another winner by Jan Karon. I love Father Tim and all of her characters. Thanks so much for such a wonderful read!Published 22 hours ago by Karen Janesin
I love Jan Karon's books and this one did not disappoint. The Mitford series is wonderfulPublished 1 day ago by VERA RADICE
I really like the Jan Karon books its good clean reading and i enjoy them. neva nicholsPublished 3 days ago by neva nichols