To Be Where You Are
by Karon, Jan

"#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-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 thiswhere 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"-

Jan Karon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels in the Mitford series, featuring Episcopal priest Father Tim Kavanagh. She has authored twelve other books, including Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader, and several titles for children. Jan lives in Virginia near the World Heritage site of Jefferson's Monticello.

"Old priests never retire." Father Tim Kavanagh, approaching 80 and retired for 12 years, is just starting to enjoy being away from "the full-time drama of priesting." At the same time, filling in occasionally for Father Brad at Lord's Chapel isn't quite enough, and Father Tim can't help involving himself in the lives of the citizens of the tiny mountain town of Mitford, whether that means keeping the local grocery store running when the proprietor gets sick or intervening (again) to help the family of his adopted son, Dooley. Meanwhile, Dooley, now a veterinarian, and his new wife, Lace (their wedding was the focus of Come Rain or Come Shine, 2015), are living at Meadowgate Farm, setting up the Kavanagh Animal Wellness Clinic and adopting a son of their own, four-year-old Jack. At the novel's close, Father Tim grants wife Cynthia her "heart's desire" by setting off with her on a trip in an RV. This entry in Karon's popular and long-running faith-based Mitford series offers plenty of characters and slices of life but little momentum. Buy it for fans. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

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