To Be Where You Are

To Be Where You Are

Large Print - 2017
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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. As for what it proves, heaven only knows. It's life as usual in Mitford. A beloved town character lands a front-page obituary, but who was it, exactly, who died? And what about the former mayor, born the year Lindbergh landed in Paris, who is still running for office? All this, of course, is but a feather on the wind compared to Muse editor J.C. Hogan's desperate attempts to find a cure for his marital woes. Will it be high-def TV or his pork chop marinade? Twenty minutes from Mitford at Meadowgate Farm, newlyweds Dooley and Lace Kavanagh face a crisis that devastates their bank account and impacts their family vet practice. But there is still a lot to celebrate, as their adopted son, Jack, looks forward to the most important day of his life -- with great cooking, country music, and lots of people who love him. Happily, it will also be a day when the terrible wound in Dooley's biological family begins to heal because of a game -- let's just call it a miracle -- that breaks all the rules.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9781432841430
Characteristics: 699 pages (large print) ;,23 cm.


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Sep 15, 2020

This book was the only disappointing of The Mitford series--I could not figure out

if it was a publishers idea to rake in more money with publishing "popular authors' names

or the author herself forgetting "less" is more. It seemed to run on and on.

Jul 25, 2019

Who can go wrong with Father Tim and Cynthia and their community of family and friends in Mitford and beyond.

Apr 01, 2019

I have been reading Jan Karon since 1999. When I found her back then I binged on the Mitford series until I caught up, then waited for every new installment and was never disappointed when it came.

To Be Where You Are did not evoke that same satisfaction or contentment. I found it very disjointed, jumping from one previously very minor character to another, too often with no context or reason for the jump. I understand that Karon was flushing out new stories of old characters (some of whom I barely remember and why I'll never know). I just hate the way she did it. To Be Where You Are is like gossip in a small town: it meanders around every corner, touches every lamppost and lands on every front door. About halfway through I began to wonder if this might be the last of the Mitford series. I hope not, but I also hope Jan Karon puts her stories back together more tightly or provides more context. I will acknowledge that it is the "Mitford Series" and not the "Fr. Cavanaugh and Family Series", but it was a sloppy way to remind the readers of this and of these 'new' old, previously minor characters.

Granted it was a busy holiday week with lots to do, but I started this book on the 20th and struggled through it until finally finishing it on the 28th. Eight days that should have taken two.

Jan 18, 2019

14th book in her Mitford series;
her upcoming book is title, ?? don't know if another book is forthcoming.
Karon's website,
Karon's easy to read writing and storytelling (character based) is like a balm of kindness;
she shows how much kindness has been lost without an authentic understanding of how to "be" a contributing member of "community,' be it small town, or big city.
How to live in regard for caring for people.....solving problems together. Listening.

Nov 17, 2018

number 14

Jul 23, 2018

I love that I have found a fictional book series that has religion tied into it. Jan Karons writing is so insigtful and I enjoy the charcter's perspectives on life. 5 stars!

Apr 28, 2018

So pleased to have another Mitford book to read.

Some long standing characters are feeling the effects of advancing age but this is countered by the newness of Dooley and Lace’s marriage and the joys and challenges they face as a couple.

Jan Karon conveys an emotional intensity which has me empathising with these much loved characters.

For Mitford fans, rejoice! For first timers to Mitford, don’t start with this one, go directly to At Home in Mitford and read the series in order. You won’t regret it.

Nov 27, 2017

I have really enjoyed this whole series but this might be one of my favourites. It is a wonderful story about family and community. Great reading.

Nov 06, 2017

I love Jan Karon's books and all of her characters.

Nov 04, 2017

I love this series! It absolutely must be read in order, so be sure to start with At Home in Mitford.

You have heard of dystopian novels--they are everywhere. The Mitford books are the opposite--they are utopian novels. Some people might find them too sweet, or not believable because so many good things happen. Personally, I am thrilled to read books where people are kind and generous to each other and support each other. These books are an antidote to today's real world.

When asked for her advice about life, Miss Louella says, "Love whoever God sets down in front of you. Even the mean ones, 'cause they can sho use it."

Can you imagine how much better the world would be if we all followed Miss Louella's advice?

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Apr 28, 2018

“He remembered his mama sayin’ it was curiosity that killed th’ cat. As a young’un, he expected to die a sudden death every day or two.”

Apr 28, 2018

“Grace held her breath. A story was like opening a door; you never knew what you would find on the other side.”

Apr 28, 2018

“Father Tim told him the other day that everybody needed three things:
Somebody to love - he had Grace and her mama an’ daddy an’ Sister Louise an’ all manner of people who come in th’ bookstore.
Somethin’ to do - look at the job he had, livin’ up here like he was ol’ Croesus hisself.
An’ somethin’ to look forward to - as for that part, he had solved it by always, always keepin’ a good book underneath his candy jar.”

Apr 28, 2018

“I would have told him that God was in love with him, that he made us for himself. As hard as that is to imagine, the power of it speaks to people, gives a certain comfort. I would have said that God isn’t just up there, he’s down here with us, knowing the beating of our hearts. I would have told him the governing truth, the bottom line-that what we must do is empty ourselves, surrender everything, asking his guidance in our lives.”

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