To Be Where You Are

To Be Where You Are

Book - 2017
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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--but what, exactly, does it prove? Meanwhile, newly married Dooley and Lace face a crisis that empties their bank account and turns their household upside down. Is the honeymoon over? Is this where real life begins? As the Mitford Muse editor stumbles on a quick fix for marital woes and the town grocer falls in love for the first time, Father Tim and Cynthia receive an invitation to yet another family wedding. But perhaps the bottom line is this: While a star blinks out in the Mitford firmament, another soon blinks on at Meadowgate, and four-year-old Jack Tyler looks forward to the biggest day of his life--for now and forever. Jan Karon weaves together the everyday lives of two families, and the cast of characters that readers around the world now love like kin.
Publisher: New York :, G. P. Putnam's Sons,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780399183737
0399183736
Characteristics: 450 pages ;,24 cm

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reeread
Apr 28, 2018

So pleased to have another Mitford book to read.

Some long standing characters are feeling the effects of advancing age but this is countered by the newness of Dooley and Lace’s marriage and the joys and challenges they face as a couple.

Jan Karon conveys an emotional intensity which has me empathising with these much loved characters.

For Mitford fans, rejoice! For first timers to Mitford, don’t start with this one, go directly to At Home in Mitford and read the series in order. You won’t regret it.

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sasie
Nov 27, 2017

I have really enjoyed this whole series but this might be one of my favourites. It is a wonderful story about family and community. Great reading.

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CarolMichael
Nov 06, 2017

I love Jan Karon's books and all of her characters.

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jeffreyochsner
Nov 04, 2017

I love this series! It absolutely must be read in order, so be sure to start with At Home in Mitford.

You have heard of dystopian novels--they are everywhere. The Mitford books are the opposite--they are utopian novels. Some people might find them too sweet, or not believable because so many good things happen. Personally, I am thrilled to read books where people are kind and generous to each other and support each other. These books are an antidote to today's real world.

When asked for her advice about life, Miss Louella says, "Love whoever God sets down in front of you. Even the mean ones, 'cause they can sho use it."

Can you imagine how much better the world would be if we all followed Miss Louella's advice?

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darladoodles
Oct 24, 2017

5+ stars for this ongoing series. As a longtime fan, I so delight in reading each edition. Karon does such an excellent job with character development. We see the years pass in Mitford and get to know more of the residents in each volume. They have real struggles and triumphs and we are there with them. Karon's writing style makes us feel like family. She can use a few words to reference a thought or routine in the lives of one of the characters and we know exactly what she is referring to. It is like being in on the inside joke in the best, most inclusive kind of way. In this volume we see alternating chapter POVs for Mitford and Meadowgate. Another example of how the folks in and around Mitford continue to grow and change and we have a front row seat. Highly recommended!!

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mjk236sb
Oct 11, 2017

Mitford continues to live and breathe in this 12th book in the series. Pleasant story of the Kavanaugh clan and all the friends that we have grown to love.

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mjk236sb
Oct 11, 2017

Mitford continues to live and breathe in this 12th book in the series. Pleasant story of the Kavanaugh clan and all the friends that we have grown to love.

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mjk236sb
Oct 11, 2017

Mitford continues to live and breathe in this 12th book in the series. Pleasant story of the Kavanaugh clan and all the friends that we have grown to love.

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kakacurt
Oct 04, 2017

Another wonderful book about life in Mitford. A nice, light happy book.

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maipenrai
Jul 08, 2017

Book 12 in the Mitford series

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r
reeread
Apr 28, 2018

“He remembered his mama sayin’ it was curiosity that killed th’ cat. As a young’un, he expected to die a sudden death every day or two.”

r
reeread
Apr 28, 2018

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

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reeread
Apr 28, 2018

“Father Tim told him the other day that everybody needed three things:
Somebody to love - he had Grace and her mama an’ daddy an’ Sister Louise an’ all manner of people who come in th’ bookstore.
Somethin’ to do - look at the job he had, livin’ up here like he was ol’ Croesus hisself.
An’ somethin’ to look forward to - as for that part, he had solved it by always, always keepin’ a good book underneath his candy jar.”

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reeread
Apr 28, 2018

“I would have told him that God was in love with him, that he made us for himself. As hard as that is to imagine, the power of it speaks to people, gives a certain comfort. I would have said that God isn’t just up there, he’s down here with us, knowing the beating of our hearts. I would have told him the governing truth, the bottom line-that what we must do is empty ourselves, surrender everything, asking his guidance in our lives.”

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