just couldn't get into this book and I truly enjoyed all the other books on the Mitford series. I hope the next book in the Father Tim series is better. This was definitly not the best book Jan Karon has written. It did clear a little of Father Tim's past. But other than that I could care less.
I lost interest a little over half way and just couldn't finish the book.
This is the best thing Jan Karon has written in years! I had been slowly losing interest as I read the Mitford books in order. Then I read this book, and POW! I am as interested, involved and excited as I was by the first Mitford book. This is a beautiful story that stands on its own merits. And I cannot wait for more Father Tim stories. My faith has been restored in both Jan Karon and Father Tim.
Not as lighthearted as most of the Father Tim books and a wee bit confusing as there are a lot of "He said" and not always sure which He she is referring to.
Still, a great book about Father Tim's somewhat mysterious past. Clears up a bunch of unanswered questions (what happened to Tommy Noles and why did Peggy disappear without a word?) and introduces some interesting new characters.
Glimpses into the lives of Cynthia, Dooley and his brothers also.
This was definitly not the best book Jan Karon has written. I'll give her the benefit of the doubt, it did clear a little of Father Tim's past. But other than that I could care less. There are a few curse words that shocked me when I came upon them.
I lost interest a little over half way and have yet to finish the book.
I did not enjoy this book as much as her others. It seemed to contrived. It appears she wanted to answer all the questions concerning Father Tim's early years and was determined to do so, even if she had to stretch to do it. I was disappointed.
Kim W. (Kim1264) - reviewed Home to Holly Springs (Father Tim, Bk 1) (Large Print) on
Helpful Score: 2
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!
I loved this book. It goes deep into the past of Father Tim, and gives such insight into the complicated relationship he had with his father, Peggy, and how it led him to being a priest. Excellent. Emotionally complex. Would recommend it to anyone. I'd recommend the entire Mitford and Father Tim series to anyone!
I read all of the Mitford Series book over several years, except for the final one. I was excited to see this at the local library, and was unaware a new series was in the making. I don't know if I am just in another stage in my life, or if this book really wasn't written as well as some of the Mitford Series, but I couldn't wait to be done with this to move forward to other books in my reading pile. I found the book a little confusing with the back and forth dialogs of the characters, and the walk down memory lane. I do think Jan Karon is a great writer who uses a lot of detail in her novels; this book was just not for me though.
Father Tim goes home. They say you can't, but he does, and hunts for solutions to mysteries of his youth. A good read as he travels thru his stuff, with some Christian prayers/thoughts/prayers/poems thrown in. Since I really like the good father, I tolerated this part. Overall, a good read, and if you have read Jan Karon's other Father Tim's you will no doubt enjoy this.
Patricia S. reviewed Home to Holly Springs (Father Tim, Bk 1) (Large Print) on
Helpful Score: 1
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 have read the complete Mitford Series and I enjoyed this book as much, if not more. It tells the story of the life of the young Tim and how his early life shaped him to be 'Father Tim'. Perfect in every way.
As I began reading this first Father Tim book, I was not sure it would be as good as the Mitford series. However, it did not take long to become immersed in the life and adventures of this wonderful character. What a fun read!! I love the values and the personality Jan Karon has given to Father Tim, and I feel I always benefit from his "wisdom."
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.
This new series of Father Tim promises to be even better than the beloved Mitford series. I really had a hard time letting go of this book to share.
I hope all who read it are going to love it as much as I did.
Tim goes back to his childhood home to find a piece of himself, resolve a few issues find a few childhood Heroes. This book kept my interest. A good book draws you in until you become a part of the story. This book does that!!!
I wanted to like this new series but it is a pale imitation of Fathet Tim and Cynthia. I found it forced, with too many references trying to make it relatable and hio. Far worse were the dirty secrets of the past all coming to light.
This was my second time to listen to Home to Holly Springs, and I liked it much better. it shows the early life experiences of Father Tim and the man he became because of them. He also finds people he hadn't seen for years. He is given the opportunity to help someone very special. I did miss the Mitford townsfolk, but enjoyed meeting the people of Holly Springs, Mississippi. Highly recommended!!
Carolyn S. (amysmom) reviewed Home to Holly Springs (Father Tim, Bk 1) (Large Print) on
A beautiful tale of going home again, even if you're not sure you want to. I read the book on suggestion by my mother. It is in my top 5 of the best books I've ever read. I will now go back and read all she has written. My mother has them all and loved them. but I had no interest to read them when she did as they came out. Just goes to show you, You should always listen to your mother.
Another wonderful Jan Karon book that continues Father Tim's story from Mitford and beyond. This time he returns to his childhood home, and Karon weaves a delightful, unpredictable story of his deeply personal experiences, discoveries, and revelations.