To Be Where You Are

To Be Where You Are

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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.

Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399183737
Branch Call Number: FIC Karon
Characteristics: 450 pages : map ; 24 cm.

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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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