Author: Jan Karon
Publisher: Random House/Penguin Books
Rating: 4 stars
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Blurb: 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 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 more 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?
Review: My usual reading material is hot romances or suspenseful mysteries–the sexier, the better. But sometimes, I read books like this Mitford series because of how they make me feel. I think beyond myself and explore my spirituality. If you’re like me and enjoy a little variety in your reading, Come Rain or Come Shine is sweet storytelling at its finest.
The Mitford Books are always a comfort read for me, and this one about Dooley and Lace’s wedding was a nice visit back. Catching up with Father Tim and Cynthia and seeing old friends was great; the wedding was insane! I loved the fact that Dooley and Lace were going to take over the farm. There are so many happy memories associated with that place, especially for Dooley. Learning about his life as a veterinarian was great–I’m so proud for him. I can remember back to the first book when he made his debut! What a mess! If you haven’t read this series before, I would certainly urge you to start from the beginning. There’s too much backstory going on in this book for it to be an introduction. Plus, the first five books are amazing–so do yourself a favor and read them in order.
In this book, the action was a little scattered and I got confused with all the different narratives–but I think that might have been the intention. The wedding itself was overwhelming for both Dooley and Lace–but the surprising twist worked. Got a little teary eyed for those two with their sweet beginning.
If you want a great comfort read and aren’t turned off by a little faith, this series is a wonderful, restorative read. Thanks!