"Even when the rainbow seems to pass right by me....I'm still finding Gold in the clouds....."

28 January 2015

2015 Book Review #3: Somewhere Safe, with Somebody Good

Well, I'm done with my third book this month.  These long winter evenings lend themselves to lots of reading in my favorite chair in our quiet living room while my husband watches his favorite tv shows in our family room.  I also tend to wake up early on the weekends, and after my quiet time with God, I read before the day's needs have to be faced.  Actually, I read a lot all year long...I love to read good books.  And I like browsing in our town library.  It's a real blessing.  I have a few books on my iPad but....I just don't read those much....I start them and never finish them.  I think I'm old fashioned and just love holding and smelling the real thing....and they must be hardcover!!  :)

This book is the latest in the "Mitford Series" set in North Carolina. I have read every single Mitford book and this one is my absolute favorite.  The genre is contemporary Christian fiction.


Father Tim Kavanaugh (now in his 70s) and his wife Cynthia (in her 60s) have just returned from their trip to Ireland.  They are back home in Mitford and he is getting bored with retirement.   The bishop offers him a pulpit position but...he turns it down!!  He finds he no longer has the passion for it...yet...something is missing from his life.  He wants to be busy!!

Dooley, the Kavanaugh's adopted son, is struggling with vet school, a job, and his girlfriend, Lace Turner whom he wants to marry.  They have several obstacles to work out first but he did buy her a "friendship" ring.

Dooley's younger brother, Sammy, who lives near the Kavanaugh's with another brother (Kenny) and a guardian, is still angry at their biological mother abandoning them.  One day he destroys the most prized possession that Father Tim owns.  Will Father Tim  be able to forgive him and show mercy?

Other favorite characters are featured again in this story.  Hope Murphy is finally pregnant and faces the potential threat of the loss of the baby.  She is still the owner of Happy Endings bookstore but Father Tim decides to help her out when she is ordered by her doctor to have several weeks of bed rest to keep the fetus safe.  He loves working at Happy Endings and finds that yes....once a priest, always a priest!  He is constantly taking care of the people of Mitford.  We see a glimpse of Omer, Edith, Esther, Harley, Shirlene, Fancy, Winnie, and Coot.  Friends of Mitford  ever so endearing.

The big question throughout this book is "Does the town of Mitford still take care of its own?"

Read it and find out!!


As always, another excellent Mitford book.  This one is definitely my favorite and I think it's because there are so many happy moments that tie many of the characters together.  I love that Dooley and Lace are being developed further.

The town depictions are perfect.....the author has a way of telling so much back story without the book getting boring or bogged down. I love that when an author can catch up a reader in the series without going into too many details from past books.

My very favorite part was the ending....I love how the author ended this story. I have a suspicion this will be the last Mitford book as we know the series.....but...without spoiling it for you, I suspect a certain someone is going to be featured in more books by this author.

In my opinion, this book is appropriate for ages 14 and older.

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, I rate this a 10.


Dianna said...

I just finished this book, as well, Faith. I liked it, of course, but I don't think it was my favorite. I think had I read the two Father Tim novels before reading this one that it would have made a difference for me.

Susanne said...

I think I read 1 Mitford book when I was a teen. Have they been around that long? I keep meaning to get to these because everybody seems to love them, but have just never actually done it.

Melanie said...

Thanks for the review, Faith. I am two books away from this one although I do want to read the two in the Father Tim series as well. I'm going to feel at a loss when I'm finally done.
I too love to read and usually do just before bed.
Have a great day.

janet roseberger said...

I'm reading this now and really enjoying it. Jan Karon is one of my favorite authors...she really has a way of bringing the characters and the town to life.

Faith said...

Melanie! i want to read the Father Tim ones as well! our library has them but they are out....i'm gonna get on the wait list :)