Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon

by | Sep 2, 2014 | Appalachia, Fiction Book Reviews | 0 comments

1398868933000-SomewhereSafe-onlineIt has been twenty years since Karon introduced us to Mitford, North Carolina, the fictional “small town that takes care of its own.”  With At Home in Mitford (1994), Karon launched a wildly popular series featuring an eclectic quilt of saints and sinners—loveable eccentrics all—which was heralded as groundbreaking for its use of dominant Christian themes and real-life struggles in a fiction series. Now, nearly a decade after publishing the last title in the Mitford Years series, Karon comes home to her extended fictional family.”

TODAY IS RELEASE DAY for Jan Karon’s newest book, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good and I had the wonderful opportunity to read it. It was such a delight. The same homespun charm, flawed yet faithful characters, and quirky setting bring us back to the place we enjoyed in Mitford. I only had the chance to read the first few books in Jan’s earlier series, so it was a pleasure to pick this novel up and see though the town and idyllic community had stayed so much the same, the growth of the characters and depth of story had only gotten better.

I love how Jan takes so much of the southern culture through the eyes of Father Kavanagh and pits it against Cynthia’s northern upbringing. Their chemistry and relationship is beautiful and fun to watch. And the other characters? Oh my goodness, there were times when I laughed out loud at Vanita, wept over Sadie, snickered at Helene, and just fell in love with the couple whose books have created an entire town – Tim and Cynthia. It was delightful.

So now is your chance to win a copy of this wonderful book to read. Leave a comment today stating one of Jan’s books you’ve enjoyed most? A character you’ve loved? or….a place in the Blue Ridge Mountains you’ve visited or always wanted to visit. Make sure to leave your email address!!

The winner’s name will be randomly chosen.

Come enjoy another stroll down the streets of Mitford – and don’t forget to sip some sweet tea along the way 🙂


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