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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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Publisher's Description

#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

More 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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  1. Another Mitford Lover
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    To Be Where You Are
    December 10, 2017
    Another Mitford Lover
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I wholeheartedly agree with the review of To Be Where You Are by "The Avid Reader" from Dunedin, FL. As much as I have always loved reading Jan Karon's Mitford series, I was very disappointed in this latest novel. As The Avid Reader pointed out it was extremely difficult to follow what character Ms. Karon was writing about since the characters changed consistently and many times without being identified sometimes even for several chapters. There were actually times I did not even know who she was writing about. I found the constant changing from one character to another very confusing. I also agree that Ms. Karen should have focused on the main characters of Father Tim, Cynthia, Dooley and Lace. The chapters regarding those characters were delightful as usual.
  2. Linda
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Favorite Author
    November 9, 2017
    Linda
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As usual, it was wonderful to go back to Mitford. It was great to be able to get this wonderful book soon after it became available and at a discounted price. I love Jan Karon's books and I love buying from Christianbook.com.
  3. The Avid Reader
    Dunedin, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    14th A Mitford Novel
    October 29, 2017
    The Avid Reader
    Dunedin, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon is the fourteenth A Mitford Novel. Father Tim is surprised when he receives a call that Esther Bolick has passed away. He is asked to return to Lords Chapel to give her eulogy. Dooley and Lacy Kavanagh have an unexpected expense when the pipes burst at Kavanagh Animal Wellness Clinic. Lacy has an opportunity to earn the money needed, but it would mean going away for a couple of months. Would it hinder the completion of Jack Tylers adoption? Life is always busy and full in Mitford. Come along for a visit and catch up with all your favorite characters.

    Let me start by saying I have been a fan of the Mitford series since the beginning. But I have noticed a difference in Jan Karons writing style in the last two books. To Be Where You Are is my least favorite book in this series. It was all over the places. I wish Ms. Karon had kept the focus of the story on Father Tim, Cynthia, Dooley, and Lacy. Every other chapter was on a different character. You would just settle in to one persons story and it would change to someone else. You then have to figure out which character it has jumped to and remember what happened to them five or so chapters ago. You just start to figure it out, then its a new chapter and you have to start all over again. It lacked the flow that was present in the earlier books in the series. It was just about impossible to keep track of all the various characters and what was happening to each of them. I do not recommend reading this book as a standalone. You need to read the books in order. My rating for To Be Where You Are is 3 out of 5 stars (it was okay). This story failed to capture and hold my attention.
  4. Brenda
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    To be where you are
    October 27, 2017
    Brenda
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Delightful book. Was introduced to Mitford by my mother-in-law a few years ago and have enjoyed reading the series. Can relate in so many ways. Found myself laughing out loud at some of the situations.
  5. Michelle
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Mitford, Years Later, Just as You Remembered
    October 24, 2017
    Michelle
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon brings readers back to the delightful town of Mitford. The same cast of characters is much more advanced in age, but no less quirky and lovable. For longtime fans of the Mitford series, this book will feel like coming home. And you will not be disappointed! Although years have passed for the characters, or for the reader since having first read the series, you will be able to quickly pick up on the characters lives. I was delighted to find the characters and their lives to be developed in a manner so consistent with their personalities. I highly recommend this book to all Mitford fans and to anyone who enjoys lovable characters and small town charm. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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