To Be Where You Are #14
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In the small town of Mitford, the residents are like family to one another, interwoven with Father Tim and his special way of bringing family, friends and neighbors a little closer to God. In this book, Father Tim is finally comfortable with his retirement, until he must take on a temporarily job. Dooley and Lace have financial trouble at their veterinary practice. Their adopted son Jack has a special name day celebration. Pooh contemplates serving as a priest. Father Brad considers a relationship with Mary Ellen. Join this comical cast of characters and become part of the family.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0399183736
ISBN-13: 9780399183737
Series: Mitford

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#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. As for what it proves, heaven only knows.

Millions of Karon fans will be thrilled that it’s life as usual in the wildly popular Mitford series: 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’s 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?
 
In fiction, as in real life, there are no guarantees.
 
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.
 
In To Be Where You Are, Jan Karon weaves together the richly comic and compelling lives of two Kavanagh families, and a cast of characters that readers around the world now love like kin.

Author Bio

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.

Discussion Questions

1.       Father Tim says that he’s "beyond serving the mission field" but realizes that his own town is a mission field. Managing the Local for a desperately ill Avis Packard, he sacrifices several months of his time and energy. Think of your own life—have you ever had to make sacrifices for someone you love? What was most challenging about the experience?
 
2.       Do you believe Sammy can one day forgive his mother? Have you ever had to forgive a deep wound?
 
3.       Do you think Sammy let Pauline win the pool game? If so, why would he do that? 
 
4.       All three generations of Kavanaghs seem eager to verbally express their love for each other. For example, there’s Dooley’s "I love you big," and their classic family exchange of "Love you!" followed by the familiar "Love you back!" What are other ways of expressing love? How do you express love to your family and friends?
 
5.       Jan Karon loves animals, and has a special affection for dogs. In To Be Where You Are, dogs and cats seem to sprout in nearly every chapter. Father Tim resisted having another dog; he felt betrayed when Gus was pressed on him. Have you ever learned to love an unwelcome gift? Do you believe animals can be good for our health? Have you had an experience in which your pet helped you in some way?
 
6.       Is anyone in your family or circle of friends an artist, budding or accomplished? Do you support and encourage their gift? How can encouragement affect creative work? 
 
7.       In To Be Where You Are, the three generations live their lives within the same time frame, just twenty minutes away from each other. What do you think the older generation owes the younger, and vice versa?
 
8.       Father Tim and Cynthia’s Christmas observance this year is rich, but comparatively simple: a tree, an oyster pie, midnight mass, and two gifts each. What is your ideal way to enjoy Christmas?
 
9.       Toward the end of the book, Brooke Logan listens to but rejects Father Tim’s counsel on forgiveness. He doesn’t pursue her reasoning, but lets her know she can call him anytime. Has anyone ever resisted your help when you tried to lend them a hand? What happened, and why do you think they reacted the way they did? 
 
10.   If you are among the readers who have followed Tim and Cynthia through the Mitford series, you know them like family. Where do you think they will go on this major vacation . . . other than to Henry’s wedding? 

Editorial Reviews

Praise for TO BE WHERE YOU ARE

"Jan Karon never disappoints...[she] satiates her fans’ craving for more Mitford with these stories of grace and compassion, all told with a dose of humor and humility."Bookpage

Praise for Jan Karon


"Jan Karon reflects contemporary culture more fully than almost any other living novelist." Los Angeles Times
 
"The faster and more impersonal the world becomes, the more we need . . . Mitford." —Cleveland Plain Dealer
 
"Welcome home Mitford fans . . . to Karon’s gift for illuminating the struggles that creep into everyday lives—along with a vividly imagined world." People

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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Another good read by Jan Karon
    September 10, 2017
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    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 4
    I love reading books about Christmas and Jan Karon has given us a great one with this book.

    I've enjoyed reading this series through the years. I do have to say that now there have been so many books and so many characters added through the years that it was hard to keep track of everyone.

    We once again join the residents we have come to love in Mitford. Father Tim, having been retired for several years now, finds that he is still an important part of the community. He finds that he is still much needed in this town. We see more going on with his wife, Cynthia, and son, Dooley and his family. Many other story lines are with the book for other characters in the town. Having lived in several small towns, I found this book delightful, depicting the reality of small-town living.

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading books with a Christmas setting, and particularly if you have read the other Mitford series books.

    I was given a copy of this book from the publisher, Penguin Group Putnam, in exchange for my honest review.
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