Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good
The New Mitford Novel
#1 New York Times bestselling author Jan Karon welcomes you back home to Mitford in this inspirational novel that “hits the sweet spot at the intersection of your heart and your funny bone” (USA Today).
After five hectic years of retirement from Lord’s Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from the land of his Irish ancestors. While he’s glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing from his life: a pulpit. But when he’s offered one, he decides he doesn’t want it.
For years, he believed he had a few answers. Now he has questions. How can he possibly help Dooley’s younger brother, Sammy, make it through the fallout of a disasterous childhood? Could doing a good deed for the town bookstore be the best thing for his befuddled spirit? And who was riding through town in a limo? Not Edith Mallory.
Then an editorial in the weekly Muse poses a question that sets the whole town looking for answers: Does Mitford still take care of its own?
Fans of the Mitford novels, rejoice: Father Tim Kavanagh is back in town, after sojourns to Mississippi and Ireland with his wife Cynthia. Father Tim is wrestling with the existential challenge of retirement and siren calls of various duties. He settles on filling in part-time at the bookstore while owner Hope Murphy is on bed rest during her imperiled pregnancy. A host of subplots are braided together, from the rebellion of Sammy, little brother of Tim's adopted son Dooley, to the romantic prospects of Fancy Skinner's sister Shirlene, new in town. It's a wonderful stew of small town characters, who will confuse new readers and those with bad memories, and details, some of which are funny and some of which need more milking. The ending, which takes place at Christmas, is too emotionally prepackaged and drags out a long book. Fans should debate whether Father Tim has to cry as much as he does, but like him, they will welcome the return to Mitford with its quirky citizens.