Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Review: Home to Holly Springs


Back of the book description:
Readers of the nine bestselling Mitford novels have been captivated by Jan Karon’s “gift for illuminating the struggles that creep into everyday lives—along with a vividly imagined world” (People). They learned quickly that “after you’ve spent time in Mitford, you’ll want to come back” (Chicago Tribune). Millions eagerly awaited the publication of each novel, relishing the story of the bookish and bighearted Episcopal priest and the extraordinary fullness of his seemingly ordinary life.

Now, Jan Karon enchants us with the story of the newly retired priest’s spur-of-the-moment adventure. For the first time in decades, Father Tim returns to his birthplace, Holly Springs, Mississippi, in response to a mysterious, unsigned note saying simply: “Come home.” Little does he know how much these two words will change his life. A story of long-buried secrets, forgiveness, and the wonder of discovering new people, places, and depth of feeling, Home to Holly Springs will enthrall new readers and longtime fans alike.
I read most of Home to Holly Springs in one long afternoon, laying on the couch next to my husband, while rain poured down outside, and I drank a cup of tea. It was really the perfect way to experience this comforting, not-challenging, warm book. The follow-up to Karon's equally sweet and unchallenging Mitford series, Home to Holly Springs takes us on a tour of Father Tim's childhood hometown and history. There are new characters, more coincidences than you'd ever believe in real life, a lot of Bible-passage quoting and a few not-that-surprising surprises. But I just can't find it in me to be cynical when it comes to these books - I really enjoyed spending my rainy afternoon with Father Tim. I am glad that Karon is going to continue this new series and I recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the Mitford books.

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1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed reading your blog today. I love reading Jan Karon's books also. On these grey, cold days I have read Home to Holly Springs, and I look forward to her next Father Tim book! I have visited her website at www.mitfordbooks.com and enjoyed learning about her life and writing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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