Monday, November 15, 2010

In the Company of Others by Jan Karon*a review

With Home to Holly Springs, New York Times bestselling author Jan Karon launched a new series, The Father Tim Novels, featuring the retired Episcopal priest that her readers have come to love. In the second novel in the series, Father Tim and Cynthia travel to Ireland to do genealogical research and discover family secrets. Jan's new book will surely delight her avid fans, earn her new ones, and send them running or the first book in the series as well as all the Mitford books.

Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult (October 19, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0670022128
ISBN-13: 978-0670022120
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

The American writer & novelist Jan Karon was born in 1937 at Lenoir, North Carolina. Janice Meredith Wilson and was named after a famous novel entitled Janice Meredith. She was brought up with her younger sister, Brenda, by her maternal grandparents.
When she was a young girl and her family moved to live in a farm. The farm environment unleashed her creativity. She tried her hands at writing a novel when she was only ten years old. At the age of 18 years she took up a job as a receptionist at an ad agency. She left her writing on her boss's desk regularly. Her superiors acknowledged her skills and soon she was launched on a forty-year career in advertising. She worked in New York and San Francisco. Her work was appreciated and she won numerous awards. She served at an executive position with a national agency. She finally left advertising and settled at Blowing Rock, North Carolina and opted writing as her career as it was her long term ambition to become a writer.

I have read all of Jan Karon’s Mitford series books. Each one is like a treasured friend. This book “In the Company of Others,” the second of the Father Tim series is just as wonderful and entertaining as the Mitford series was.
The Father Tim series are not an easy read. They are books that really make you think and realize that life isn’t always fun and games.
We get a few glimpses of Mitford and it’s people throughout the book, but it is mainly about their time in Ireland. I’ve read many reviews of people who were disappointed about the book not being more about Mitford and it’s people.. I missed them, but when you are on vacation new things happen and you aren’t with your regular family or friends. That is the same way Father Tim and Cynthia felt. They love Mitford, but also love their new friends.
Father Tim & Cynthia finally visit Ireland, it is for her birthday, so when Cynthia breaks her ankle and becomes bed-ridden for part of the time and mostly has to stay in her room for the entire stay at a bed & breakfast you begin to see lots of things happening. They become drawn in to their host's problems and do counseling, being a friend, and just helping where they can.
Father Tim and Cynthia found a historic journal. It was written by Fintan O”Donnell from 1860. Some of it was hard to understand, but the journal had many heart breaking moments, but also joyous ones. I could see Father Tim and Cynthia reading it together.
I just love to read about Father Tim and Cynthia together. They are so loving and think the world of each other. This is a book to cherish and read over and over. Another winner for Jan Karon. Always look forward to her next book.
This book “In the Company of Others” is one of my most favorite books. I highly recommend it.

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Thanks to Viking/Penguin for the review copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

1 comment:

Caroline said...

OH, my goodness, I love Jan Karon's Father Tim books (Mitford series). I haven't read the one's about Ireland yet, but hope to soon. Thanks for the review; it gives us something to expect. Great blog, Trinity!