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Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good (Mitford) Paperback – August 4, 2015
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“The faster and more impersonal the world becomes, the more we need…Mitford.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Karon knits Mitford’s small-town characters and multiple storylines into a cozy sweater of a book…4/4 stars.”—USA Today
“Jan Karon reflects contemporary culture more fully than almost any other living novelist.”—Los Angeles Times
“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
“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
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.
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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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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!"
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!