Home to Holly Springs - Father Tim, Bk 1 Author:Jan Karon Readers of the nine bestselling Mitford novels have been captivated by Jan Karon's gift for illuminating the struggles that creep into everyday lives along with a vividly imagined world (People). — Millions have relished the story of the bookish and big-hearted Episcopal priest and the fullness of his seemingly ordinary life. No... more »w, in the first novel of a new series, Jan Karon enchants us with the story of the newly retired priest's spur-of-the-moment adventure.
For the first time in decades, Father Tim returns to his birthplace, Holly Springs, Mississippi, in response to a mysterious, unsigned note saying simply: Come home. A story of long-buried secrets, forgiveness, and the wonder of discovering new people, places, and depth of feeling, Home to Holly Springs will enthrall new readers and longtime fans alike.« less
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This book answers a lot of the questions we've all wondered about Father Tim from his early years. As far as the timeline in Father Tim's life, the book takes up where the Mitford series left off. He receives a letter from someone in his hometown of Holly Springs, MS, so he goes there to find out who sent the letter and why.
Personally, I wouldn't read this book until I had read the entire Mitford series, but that's just me. I like to read things in chronological order, and since this book continues Father Tim's life, even though he's on the road to Holly Springs, it still takes place "after" everything in the Mitford series.
I really enjoyed the book and hope there's another one to come. Jan Karon leaves plenty of questions still hanging, so I am hoping that's a good indication of another book!
Currently 4/5 Stars.
Patricia S. reviewed Home to Holly Springs (Father Tim, Bk 1) on
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Jan Karan's books make you think you're reading a biography rather than a fiction book because the characters are so real. I enjoy the humor and the way the conversations reflect the character she is portraying.
I enjoyed catching up with Father Tim. Karon continues to entertain us with his wit and humor. Even though this is a little more serious than I remember the Mitford series being, this series appears to be another great one. This first book in the series was truly a pleasure to read and she writes so much into her stories. A great book; a wonderful family read, as are all her Mitford books. Fun and enlightening at the same time â€“ and CLEAN! If you haven't read The Mitford Years series, you might start there, but it is not necessary. However, some of the characters in this new series are introduced in her first Mitford books. Enjoy.
I felt like I was visiting Holly Springs along with Father Tim. I wasn't sure I would enjoy the Father Tim books as much as the Mitford series. However, Jan Karon kept the story full of interesting characters and the story defiantly kept my interest.