Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon ~ A Mitford Series Review and Giveaway



The Mitford Series, Book 10
Contemporary Fiction

About the book:

After five hectic years of retirement from Lord's Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors. 

While he is glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he's offered one, he decides he doesn't want it. Maybe he's lost his passion.

His adopted son, Dooley, wrestles with his own passion--for the beautiful and gifted Lace Turner--and his vision to become a successful country vet. Dooley's brother Sammy, still enraged by his mother's abandonment, destroys one of Father Tim's prized possessions. And Hope Murphy, owner of Happy Endings Bookstore, struggles with the potential loss of her unborn child and her hard-won business.

All this, as Wanda's Feel Good Cafe opens, a romance catches fire through an Internet word game, Mitford's former mayor hatches a reelection campaign to throw the bums out, and the weekly Muse poses a probing inquiry:

Does Mitford still take care of its own?

Millions of fans will applaud the chance to spend time, once more, in the often comic and utterly human presence of Jan Karon's characters. Indeed they have never been more sympathetic, big-hearted, and engaging.

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My thoughts:

It has been three long years of waiting and wondering about what Father Tim and the other residents of Mitford have been up to. But the suspense is finally over. With the publication of Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good we finally have our passport into the lovely town that we would all like to call home.

I was reading the book a few days ago while I was in a waiting room. The person next to me made a comment about the thickness of the book and asked what it was about. After taking a second to gather my thoughts I said that it was a novel about the beautiful ebb and flow of everyday life in a small town.

What I left out was that it is a story of ordinary people who draw strength from each other. Of course life in a tiny community can be just as irritating as it is soothing. Anyone who has ever lived in a small town can attest to that fact. But for me I'd love to live in Mitford. Wouldn't it be fun to have lunch with JC, Mule and Father Tim? Maybe become an honorary member of the Turkey Club! I couldn't wait to get my copy of the Mitford Muse. Such a quaint weekly paper, unless the story is about you and the facts aren't quite right.

Of the ten books in this series so far, this is my favorite. Father Tim is no longer a priest at Lord's Chapel, but that doesn't mean his calling to minister has been taken away. In fact I would say that by retiring from the parish he expanded his flock instead of decreased it. This is one of those perfect books that makes you tear up and then laugh. It makes you roll your eyes and then a few pages later you'll be sighing with contentment. 

I can hardly wait for you to read the portion that the title comes from . . . truly beautiful. But my absolute favorite saying from this book is "Love is an act of endless forgiveness." And that my friend is what we should all be about. 

So put your feet up, snuggle in and journey back to the lovely town of Mitford. Where you will be inspired to live your life loving others because of the One who loved us first.

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Jan Karon, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good: PreBuy now at FamilyChristian.com

Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good is available for pre-buy. The book officially releases on 9/2 BUT the first 150 pre-buys at Family Christian Book Stores gets an autographed copy! You can use the above link to make your purchase.

The Giveaway:


We have teamed up with Family Christian Book Stores to offer our readers the opportunity to win the complete Mitford Series by Jan Karon!





25 comments:

  1. I'm really wanting to get the Mom's Night Out movie on DVD...love that movie! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Sarah! I hope you get to see 'Moms' Night Out' as well. It was hilarious and sentimental all rolled up in one. Perfect for movie night!

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    1. Whitney saw that in the theater and said it is really good. I'm looking forward to seeing it on DVD as well!

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  3. I would really, really like to read Ted Dekker's next book A.D. 30.

    This has been an amazing year for Christian Fiction. My favorites so far have been:
    The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
    In the Shadow of Jezebel by Mesu Andrews (all her books are awesome if biblical fiction is your thing.)
    The Advocate by Randy Singer
    Raptor 6 by Ronie Kendig
    The Legend of Sheba by Tosca Lee (I'd also like to read Iscariot)
    & For Such a Time by Kate Breslin (our book club raved about this one)

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    1. Ted Dekker's book is on my review pile! Can't wait to dive into it. You have some really great books listed. I agree that this has been an amazing year of Christian publishing. My TBR pile is about to fall over.

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  4. I would like to have The Grave Robber. It sounds great!

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    1. I just read a review of this book and it looks really good. Going to have to see if I can find time to sneak it in.

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  5. I would love the God's Not Dead DVD. I haven't gotten to see it yet!

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    1. We took our whole 6th grade Sunday School class to see it when it was in the theater. Loved it! Hope you get to see it soon.

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  6. I would like to see the video Apostle Peter and The Last Supper

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    1. Oh me too! It looks like it would be really good.

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  7. I would like to have the Angels Watching Over Me book for my daughter.

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    1. That's such a sweet book! I think your daughter would love it.

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  8. A new movie for this raining day! Mom's Night Out to share with my girlfriends or God's Not Dead for family movie night.

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    1. Just a heads up . . . next week we will be hosting several giveaways for DVDs of 'Moms' Night Out'. Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook, Instagram and here on the blog!

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  10. The Grave Robber sounds really good.

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  11. I would love to read Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury.

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  12. I like the Beauty and the Beet Veggie Tales DVD

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  13. id like to have the A Child's Gift of Lullabyes for my grandbaby

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  14. I really like the A.W. Tozer Bible-KJV
    King James

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  15. I want to read the 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death & Life (Special Edition) book. Thanks for having this nice contest.

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  16. I would love the Gods Not Dead DVD.

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