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Friday, July 1, 2016

Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon

ISBN: 9780399167454
Publisher's Synopsis:
Over the course of twelve Mitford novels, fans have kept a special place in their hearts for Dooley Kavanagh, first seen in At Home in Mitford as a barefoot, freckle-faced boy in filthy overalls.

Now, Father Tim Kavanagh's adopted son has graduated from vet school and opened his own animal clinic. Since money will be tight for a while, maybe he and Lace Harper, his once and future soul mate, should keep their wedding simple.

So the plan is to eliminate the cost of catering and do potluck. Ought to be fun. An old friend offers to bring his well-known country band. Gratis. And once mucked out, the barn works as a perfect venue for seating family and friends. Piece of cake, right?

In Come Rain or Come Shine, Jan Karon delivers the wedding that millions of Mitford fans have waited for. It's a June day in the mountains, with more than a few creatures great and small, and you're invited--because you're family.

By the way, it's a pretty casual affair, so come as you are and remember to bring a tissue or two. After all, what's a good wedding without a good cry?

MrsK's Review:
Dooley and Lace are getting married! Where has the time gone? When a series becomes a blessed place of retreat, characters become family. As a reviewer, I was honored to receive the newest Mitford novel. It was my first pick as 2016 rolled in. As an educator, every break becomes a mini vacation in which your personal reading choice is joyfully awaiting your arrival. During this season of my life, I no longer have a childhood home for the holidays... as a Grandmother I'm creating a home for others to come to! So, going home to Mitford is my destination. What I discovered was incredibly comforting and delicious, no box of chocolates could compare with the delight I received during my journeys home in Mitford. Most of us know what it means to travel home, you anticipate the reunion with family and friends. You laugh, enjoy good meals, and cry. Saying goodbye is accepted because you know it won't be long until your return. It was not my intention for months to pass before I ended this journey home. Yet, savoring every moment brought such joy!

Lace is embracing Dooley's new career, their new business, their new home, as well as the planning of their wedding. Are they taking on too much at one time?
"She felt her heart thump, something like a book dropped to the floor."
During the two week preparation, Dooley and Lace will have so many decisions. Each conversation is an invitation into their plans for their new life. Whether you are sitting with them on the wicker glider "talking against the night," or you are engaged in every one's insight about all things happening before the wedding begins. On top of the list is the "Weather Anxiety", closely followed by the "Potluck Paranoia," and then there is "The Dress" decision.

"Redemption...was everywhere if we're awake to see it."
Father Timothy is antsy over all the items on his to do list. Even winkles bring a state of angst, especially when the vitamin D oil does nothing to stop the "trenching." He always bakes a ham for weddings therefore two should do it. Will it matter that fresh bread will be coming out of the oven, or that three hundred cheese wafers will be baking? What about the cakes, ice, guestbook, vestments, and the Local coverage? Here's to hoping his new planner will keep all things in order.

"I want Just that."
Cynthia is content with helping "the kids" get ready for the wedding. She is feeling contentment whether it is on the glider with her husband, making bow ties for dogs, listening to the rain on a tin roof, thinking about a RV trip, or knitting in the passenger seat. During the final days before the wedding will contentment continue to "reign?"

"We're asked not to fret about the future and to take no thought for tomorrow.
We must try to live in the present or we shall miss it entirely."
When Dooley gets the call that one, very young, Jack Tyler was arriving... well everything begins picking up speed towards the wedding day. Cynthia and Olivia are jumping for joy at being "Granny's."   Fr. Timothy is popping-button proud to be a grandpa. Sammy gets to be an uncle with all the adventures they can muster. Dooley and Cynthia are embracing the reality that Jack Tyler one day could be their legal son.

"A chord of three strands is not quickly broken."
Ecclesiastes 4:12 

"Ladies and Gentlemen, I caution you to sit very still.
Please do not turn around at this time or make
any sudden movement..."
With a son, a new eight-month-old golden retriever, Choo-Choo a crazy mean bull, the after-math of a low-pressure system, Henry's arrival, cans tied to the bumper of the truck, casseroles-fried chicken-cornbread-corn on the cob-Miss Louella's biscuits-baked beans-home made pickles-syrupy peaches-and... Esther's Orange-Marmalade Layer cake!    

Come home to Mitford... there's a wedding a happen',
"It will be a great day... Come rain or come shine."
Meet the Author:
Jan Karon
During her years in advertising, Jan kept alive her childhood ambition to be an author. At the age of 50, she left her career in advertising and moved to Blowing Rock, North Carolina, to pursue that dream. After struggling—and failing—to get a novel underway, Jan awoke one night with a mental image of an Episcopal priest walking down a village street. She grew curious and started writing about a character she named Father Tim Kavanagh. Soon, Jan was publishing weekly installments about Father Tim in her local newspaper, The Blowing Rocket, which saw its circulation double as a result. “The installment plan certainly worked for Mr. Dickens”, says Jan.
The installments became Jan’s first Mitford novel, At Home in Mitford. That book has since been reprinted more than eighty times and was nominated three times (1996, 1997, and 1998) for an ABBY (American Booksellers Book of the Year Award), which honors titles that bookstore owners most enjoy recommending to customers. A New Song won the Christy and Gold Medallion awards for outstanding contemporary fiction in 2000. A Common Life, In This Mountain, and Shepherd’s Abiding have also won Gold Medallion awards. Since the publication of Out to Canaan, Jan’s books have ridden high atop the New York Times bestseller list, frequently landing at #1.
Jan has also published two Christmas-themed books based on the Mitford series, The Mitford Snowmen and Esther’s Gift, as well as Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader. Other Mitford books include Patches of Godlight: A Compilation of Wit and Wisdom and A Continual Feast: Words of Comfort and Celebration. In addition, Jan has written two children’s books, Miss Fannie’s Hat and Jeremy: The Tale of an Honest Bunny, and an illustrated book for all ages, The Trellis and the Seed. For readers interested in Cynthia’s legendary cat books, Jan presents Violet Comes to Stay and Violet Goes to the Country.

"I received this book for this review from G.P. Putnam's Sons." 
 Penguin Books

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