Book Review: Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good
By Jan Karon
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 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 Café opens, a romance catches fire through an Internet word game, their 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? (Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
I have not read anything from the Mitford series for years. I had to work to remember some of the less prominent characters, but the flavor of the novel fits like the old proverbial glove. One of the charming things about Karon’s series is the life approach of the main characters, Father Tim Kavanagh and his spunky wife, Cynthia. They are full of faith in Jesus Christ, believe in loving others and always try to help others. Some see it as a naive approach when facing difficult circumstances, however, it seems like a rather good approach to me. How can we really expect anyone to change if we don’t love them? Composers, novelists and artists have all gloried in the power of love. Perhaps we should see love as a practical approach to life’s problems.
If you are already a fan of Father Tim you will find this novel lives up to your expectations. If you lighted upon this one first you must dash back to the first novel to fall in love with the characters. I offer my final cheer for Dooley and Lace!