An unfair rating actually because of my own foolish choice when I haven t read any of the Mitford series and was totally lost although I did finish it I have read the first of the Father Tim series and thought this was the second one in that series wrong www.
comI have always loved the Mitford series I loved reading them years and years ago, but I liked listening to the first ones on tape, yes tape, because Jan Karon herself actually narrated them And she read them good, but of course she is the author and knows how each person should sound In this book Dooley is graduating vet school, taking on Hal s vet and farm, and getting married I remember when he was just a hooligan of a kid trying to make it through the days as his home life was not that good He was a spitfire, but Father Tim took him on And now look at him Wow, time surely flies, even in the book world The story is so sweet with all the characters coming to the farm to help Dooley and Lace get ready for the wedding Lace and Dooley used to butt heads all of the time growing up because she New York Times Bestselling Author Jan Karon Returns With The Story Readers Have Been Waiting For Over The Course Of Ten Mitford Novels, Fans Have Kept A Special Place In Their Hearts For Dooley Kavanagh, First Seen In At Home In Mitford As A Barefoot, Freckle Faced Boy In Filthy Overalls Now, Father Tim Kavanagh S Adopted Son Has Graduated From Vet School And Opened His Own Animal Clinic Since Money À Come Rain or Come Shine (Mitford Years, #13) È Download by ↠´ Jan Karon Will Be Tight For A While, Maybe He And Lace Harper, His Once And Future Soul Mate, Should Keep Their Wedding Simple So The Plan Is To Eliminate The Cost Of Catering And Do Potluck Ought To Be Fun An Old Friend Offers To Bring His Well Known Country Band Gratis And Once Mucked Out, The Barn Works As A Perfect Venue For Seating Family And Friends Piece Of Cake, Right In Come Rain Or Come Shine, Jan Karon Delivers The Wedding That Millions Of Mitford Fans Have Waited For It S A June Day In The Mountains, With Than A Few Creatures Great And Small, And You Re Invited Because You Re Family By The Way, It S A Pretty Casual Affair, So Come As You Are And Remember To Bring A Tissue Or Two After All, What S A Good Wedding Without A Good Cry I ve read all of the books in the Miford and Father Tim series, and I ve been looking forward to Lace and Dooley s wedding Not surprisingly, I read Come Rain or Come Shine pretty much in two big gulps Although I enjoyed it, I also found it somewhat vexing, hence my three star rating Part of my frustration was with the exceedingly sparse writing style much of the book was written as a few moments of time inside one character or another s head When you re in your own head, of course, you don t introduce yourself by name and neither did CROCS, leaving the reader to figure out which character they were following on any given page Sometimes it was obvious, other times it was not Some aspects of the story line were glossed over too, even after a lot of build up For example, the readers were not really given This was an okay book for me It was a little too spiritual for me, but the story, I think, was good.
My main complaint about the whole thing was the fact that the author would start a paragraph or a chapter and say he or she There were about a dozen or so characters in this story I had no idea which he or she it was Or it would be Reverend There were two Reverends It was pretty frustrating At one point in the book the groom had two sets of parents there Then it would be mom or dad, which one Say a name I obviously became VERY frustrated and because of that did not really enjoy the book as much as one typically could I would be reading, having absolutely no idea who I was reading about, unless the author decided to give me some type of clue in the following paragraphs I gave this 2.
5 stars, because what I did get out of the book was a touching story although I am pretty sure I am an avid reader of Ms Karon s novels As a matter of fact, in the past six months I have read and re read the entire series at least 4 times while waiting not so patiently for the release of Come Rain or Come Shine There is a reason for this I have had a very stressful year and I find visits to Mitford very relaxing Every character in this series is complete there isn t a one dimensional body in the bunch Even the nodding acquaintances have a unique and full place in Ms Karon s stories These books make the perfect escape I love them dearly Reading these novels makes me feel like I m going home.
But, her writing is also a joy to read Her descriptions are unique and folksy, and fit perfectly with each scene and character She weaves minor story lines through the major plot so well that, like a braided rope, the main story line is stronger, better, because it is the sum of all its parts.
ß Come Rain or Come Shine (Mitford Years, #13) ß I have a confession I was never a big reader, until I read Jan Karon s first novel in her Mitford series After that, you could say, I was hooked I found a love for reading while I emersed myself in her characters and their daily lives In Karon s latest book, ComeRain or Come Shine, I eagerly wanted to devour it and yell from the rooftops that I loved it, but, for much of the novel, I spent my time feelingdisappointed than pleased Several reviews have pointed out the lack of fluidity between characters point of views, or how many readers would not understand the depth of meaning, as certain scenes took place, unless you had read the previous novels Although I don t feel giddy happy after reading this novel and even though I too, found the writing style to be lacking in some ways, every so often a glimpse or feeling from the previo I m always happy to venture back to Jan Karon s bestselling Mitford series where Father Tim Kavananah and his wife Cynthia set about keeping the peace in this small well imagined Southern town of colorful and well loved characters This is book 13 and everyone s here, reunited to celebrate the long awaited marriage of Dooley and Lace both of whom we ve watched grow up at Meadowgate Farm This is not a great literary work but as always Karon s books are something like comfort food for those of us who long for a kinder ,gentle life , where the biggest problem of the day may be how to resist Ester Bollick s famously delicious Orange Marmalade cake or if too many folks will decide to bring deviled eggs to the potluck 3.
5 stars

If you are already a fan of these books and are familiar with all the people of Mitford then you will probably need a box of tissues to hand when reading this one I certainly did They were happy tears of course not sad ones because this is all about the wedding of Dooley and Lacey and it is just delightful If you are not already familiar with the earlier books then this one is not a place to start Just about every character Jan Karon has ever introduced pops up here somewhere and she also jumps her POV from one character to another with no warning I had to reread bits every now and then to work out who was speaking Still giving it five stars though I loved it I once prayed, Lord, please let Jan Karon live long enough to get Dooley and Lace married The answer to that prayer was a whelming flood I started crying on page 32 and sniffed and sobbed my way punctuated by laughs to the final page Redemption, benediction, healing, holy amazement, connection Reading this brings the satisfaction of resolution, the two bits after the shave and a haircut.
Weddings are my thing Joyful solemnity, giving, sharing, joining, celebrating, laughing, crying, hugging, singing, dancing, rejoicing, thanksgiving I love a good wedding and I ve been to a few profoundly remarkable ones.
The focus of Come Rain or Come Shine is on the month before and the day of The Big Knot Dooley and Lace want a small, intimate ceremony at Meadowgate Farm Karon enjoys poking fun at the myth of a simple country wedding There ar

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