#1 New York Times bestselling author Jan Karon returns with the fourteenth novel in her charming Mitford series. For those new to the series, Jan Karon has imagined one of the loveliest small villages in America, Mitford. The stories center around the family of Kavanagh and how their lives intersect with all the colorful, authentic characters found within the village. The books are heartwarming, humorous and surprisingly action packed, leaving you feeling better than you did when you opened the book.
When we first met Father Tim Kavanagh in first book in the series, “At Home in Mitford” he was a long time bachelor and Episcopal priest living alone taking care only of his parishioners. Fourteen books later, Father Tim is a retired and a proud husband, father and grandfather. His family is of the not so unusual kind, his adopted son Dooley who Father Tim first met as a neglected child is now owner of a local veterinary practice and lovely farm. Dooley and his wife Lace are officially adopting their own little boy, Jack who is looking forward to his “naming” celebration, while dealing with a major plumbing crisis. Father Tim’s wife who he met late in life, herself an accomplished writer/illustrator of a successful children’s book series, adds another layer of warmth and joyfulness to the story.
Other characters include the editor of the town paper, “The Muse” looking for marital advice; owner of the local grocery who lands in the hospital leaving Father Tim to run the store; the one time mayor is gunning to come out of retirement herself at age 90+; Father Tim’s young grandson Jack who is just learning to read and trying to learn not to say ain’t more than once a day; his daughter in-law Lace – also an accomplished artist facing the biggest challenge of her career; the housekeeper and her brood of children and so many more.
This book is packed with people and places I am happy to “know” and who I cannot wait to meet up with again as each new book is published.