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To Be Where You Are

Book 14, A Mitford Novel

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Jan Karon returns with the fourteenth novel in the beloved Mitford series, featuring three generations of Kavanaghs.
After twelve years of wrestling with the conflicts of retirement, Father Tim Kavanagh realizes he doesn't need a steady job to prove himself. Then he's given one. As for what it proves, heaven only knows.

Millions of Karon fans will be thrilled that it’s life as usual in the wildly popular Mitford series: A beloved town character lands a front-page obituary, but who was it, exactly, who died? And what about the former mayor, born the year Lindbergh landed in Paris, who’s still running for office? All this, of course, is but a feather on the wind compared to Muse editor J.C. Hogan’s desperate attempts to find a cure for his marital woes. Will it be high-def TV or his pork chop marinade?
In fiction, as in real life, there are no guarantees.
Twenty minutes from Mitford at Meadowgate Farm, newlyweds Dooley and Lace Kavanagh face a crisis that devastates their bank account and impacts their family vet practice.
But there is still a lot to celebrate, as their adopted son, Jack, looks forward to the most important day of his life—with great cooking, country music, and lots of people who love him. Happily, it will also be a day when the terrible wound in Dooley’s biological family begins to heal because of a game—let’s just call it a miracle—that breaks all the rules.
In To Be Where You Are, Jan Karon weaves together the richly comic and compelling lives of two Kavanagh families, and a cast of characters that readers around the world now love like kin.

Customer Reviews

Another Beautiful Story

Ok. I'm prejudiced when it comes to Ms. Caron. I've devoured everything she's written, twice. This one is no exception. Beautifully written, familiar characters and the cycle of life, good, sad and messy. If you're a fan, this one doesn't disappoint, if you're just picking it up and don't know the series....don't! Start at the beginning!! All of the characters that are referenced are in a special story all of their own. Read them all before you read this one. It will make this one richer.

Mitford Always Cares for It’s Own

[ I received this advanced copy from NetGalley and chose to review it]

“Grace caught her breath. A story was like opening a door; you never knew what you would find on the other side.”

And after all these years and all these stories yo still can’t be sure about what’s on the other side! In this, the latest novel of Jan Karon’s long running series, it feels as if the next generation is outrunning Father Tim, Cynthia and all of the people we have grown to love.

Birth, death, love,forgiveness, help, thanksgiving, the miraculous, all tied together and sitting waiting on “the prayer when no other will do.”

Dooley and Lace settled at Meadowgate, Dooley’s siblings pretty much all check in. It’s amazing how far Father Tim’s parish reaches. Grandchildren, for real or chosen, promises of new adventures as struggling with change makes the whole world different. But, as former Mayor Esther always says: “Mitford Takes Care of Its Own”

While the author and her readers grow older and somewhat wiser, some newer readers coming to Mitford for the first time have reported it as “boring” and can’t understand why long time readers like myself are so defensive of this sleepy little town. Mitford and it’s residents may struggle with computers, and traveling vets, and texting in part because they prove that life is fleeting. If you aren’t careful, you can lose that “spark in your eye”, call it whatever you will.

This reader has loved Jan Karon for a good deal of her life and celebrates a new book when it comes onto the horizon, and “To Be Where You Are” is no exception. Highly recommended.

Dooley and Lace Need to Read BOUNDARIES by Dr. Henry Cloud

Sorry, but I’m simply not interested in reading about the self-induced chaos of a young couple who bite off more than they can chew so that responsible adults can bail them out of the calamity they've created by giving them free stuff. C’mon now, be honest—doesn’t your stress level rise when you read about Dooley, Lace, Jack, Harley, Willie, countless dogs, cats, cows, pigs, friends, brothers, cleaners, plumbing, murals, and now—get this—another baby on the way? What a zoo! I’m just glad they’re not my kids. And why is Father Tim forever slipping $20s and buying x-ray machines for a guy that inherited over $1 million?! It’s just not healthy. Fortunately, these sections are clearly marked “Messygate” so I eventually skipped over them and headed straight to “Mitford”. I’m hoping, praying, and on my knees begging Jan Karon to please, please, PLEASE focus on the RV adventure with only an occasional text from the zoo in the next book. Lord help.

To Be Where You Are
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Family
  • Published: Sep 19, 2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 464 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 14, A Mitford Novel
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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