In the Company of Others, Father Tim Series #2   -     By: Jan Karon
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Penguin Books / 2011 / Paperback

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Episcopal priest Tim Kavanagh, recently retired, makes good on a promise to show his wife the land of his Irish ancestors. Staying at a charming fishing lodge, the couple watches their solitude dashed by an intruder, a stolen painting, and a bitter family conflict going back three generations. "Fans will relish this,"---Publishers Weekly. 416 pages, softcover. Penguin.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.06 (inches)
ISBN: 0143119915
ISBN-13: 9780143119913
UPC: 9780143119913
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Series: Father Tim

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Publisher's Description

Another stirring page-turner about Father Tim—this time set in County Sligo—from the bestselling author of At Home in Mitford, Somebody Safe with Somebody Good, and other books in the Mitford Series

Jan Karon's new Father Tim series, launched with her New York Times bestselling Home to Holly Springs, thrilled legions of Mitford devotees, and also attracted a whole new set of readers. "Lovely," said USA Today. "Rejoice!" said The Washington Post.

In this second installment in the series, Father Tim and Cynthia arrive in the west of Ireland, intent on researching his Kavanagh ancestry from the comfort of a charming fishing lodge. The charm, however, is broken entirely when Cynthia startles a burglar and sprains her already-injured ankle. Then a cherished and valuable painting is stolen from the lodge owners, and Cynthia's pain pales in comparison to the wound at the center of this bitterly estranged Irish family.

In the Company of Others is a moving testament to the desperate struggle to hide the truth at any cost and the powerful need to confess. Of all her winning novels, Jan Karon says this "dark-haired child" is her favorite.
 

Author Bio

Jan Karon is the author of the bestselling series of nine Mitford novels featuring Father Timothy Kavanagh, an Episcopal priest, and the fictional village of Mitford. Set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karon's Mitford books include At Home in Mitford; A Light in the Window; These High, Green Hills; Out to Canaan; A New Song; A Common Life: The Wedding Story; In This Mountain; Shepherd's Abiding; and Light from Heaven. The Father Tim Novels include "Home to Holly Springs" and "In the Company of Others," set in County Sligo, Ireland. There are over 40 million Mitford and Father Tim novels, childrens books, and CDs in print.

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  1. LJ1984
    Gold Coast, Australia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautifully written
    September 5, 2013
    LJ1984
    Gold Coast, Australia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for In the Company of Others, Father Tim Series #2.
    A perfect journey in and through characters who live and breathe from the pages of this book.
  2. Helen Fistler
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Father Tim
    October 14, 2011
    Helen Fistler
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for In the Company of Others, Father Tim Series #2.
    This is her best book so far!! I loved it. It takes you into the lives of all the people in Ireland and makes you a part of their lives.
  3. Marilyn Bailey
    Michigan
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    felt the first Father Tim book was an easier read
    September 23, 2011
    Marilyn Bailey
    Michigan
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    not an easy put down, pick up frequently kind of book to delve into. Read it because the first Father Tim was a good book.
  4. Lauren Yarger
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 20, 2011
    Lauren Yarger
    This review was written for In the Company of Others, Father Tim Series #2.
    Father Tim Series Continues with a Trip to Ireland, the Past

    By Lauren Yarger

    Father Tim Kavanagh and his wife Cynthia take a long-anticipated trip to the land of Tim's ancestors in Ireland, but hopes of spending a relaxing vacation reading poetry and scripture while catching up with relatives soon are dashed by an injury, an art theft and discoveries in an old journal in Jan Karon's latest, "In the Company of Others" (Penguin Group, 2010).

    Readers of Karon's Mitford series books won't be surprised that Tim finds himself immersed in the lives of the people at the quaint lodge where they stay. There's an ancient rivalry, a love that can't be and a bunch of folks who need help reaching out to each other - all right up the alley of the retired Episcopal priest. When Cynthia sprains an ankle and is confined to her bed, Tim has even more time to befriend the townsfolks and help solve the art theft.

    This second in the "Father Tim" series following the successful Mitford series (so-called for the quaint North Carolina town and its inhabitants who come alive in 10 books) has a high calling: to somehow link Father Tim's Mitford past with his new phase of life. The first Father Tim book was excellent, taking the priest, on his own thanks to Cynthia's convenient wayward ankle (it's a break in this one), to his boyhood home in Mississippi where a lot of questions that persisted about Tim and his childhood are answered. It is completely satisfying.

    "In the Company of Others" is the first book with Father Tim out on his own, coming to grips with retirement, and the people of County Sligo village become his new "parishioners." We are introduced to all of the folks involved in the present events and intrigue in and near the lodge, discover the characters and intrigue that used to be around the lodge through long passages from the doctor's old journal and keeep up to date with Mitford through phone calls from son Dooley and emails from Tim's former secretary, Esther. It's a lot of people and situations to absorb, so this book probably isn't a good place to jump in to Tim's life. Start in Mitford.

    The lives of the present and past Irish folks is interesting, but they don't hold a candle to what Tim experiences. I suspect Mitford fans would have been happy to sit with the Kavanaughs in their room gazing out on the countryside while Cynthia painted and Tim read from one of his favorite books of poetry because reading Karon's insights into people, life and God is like spending quality time with an old and trusted friend. Sans a mystery and other people, there wouldn't have been much of a novel for other readers, though..

    Probably the most satisfying subplot involves Tim's reaching out to a lonely, bitter old woman who, spurned by love, makes everyone around her miserable. In typical fashion, we walk along with Tim as he refuses to give in to her moods, won't be discouraged by the defensive wall she has built around herself and consistently offers her friendship to tell her that God and forgiveness are the only way to let go of the past and restore joy in her life.

    Readers had a three-year wait inbetween "Home to Holly Springs" and "In the Company of Others." Here's hoping we'll be treated to the next installment soon.
  5. Barbara
    NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    My favorite
    July 7, 2011
    Barbara
    NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for In the Company of Others, Father Tim Series #2.
    This was actually my favorite of Jan Karon's books. I loved the Mitford series, and just didn't like the first book in the Father Tim series. It was depressing. I almost didn't read this one, but as I got into it, really enjoyed it. I love Ireland. The Irish characters are so real (as the Mitford characters were.) A nice, well-written story.
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