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Home to Holly Springs: The First of the Father Tim Novels Audio CD – Audiobook, Oct 30 2007


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (Oct. 30 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143142542
  • ISBN-13: 978-1428169067
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 13.3 x 3.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karon's bestselling series of Mitford novels has concluded with 25 million copies sold to date, but to the relief of eager fans, she introduces a new series featuring Father Tim. The beloved Episcopal priest returns to his childhood town of Holly Springs, Miss., where he reconnects with old friends and battles some old demons. The novel is thick with Father Tim's past, as Karon uses flashbacks to shed light on his early adulthood, especially his transition to seminary. In Holly Springs, his penchant for getting near strangers to open up to him—and his earnest, moving reflections on faith, prayer and the risks of love—are reassuringly present. His wife, Cynthia, is on stage far less than he, but when she appears, she is charming and insightful, as usual. Yet the book is far from perfect. Development of the quirky locals in Holly Springs is thin, and the end is a tad abrupt. Most frustratingly, the central drama of the novel falls flat: Father Tim discovers a long-buried family secret, but he doesn't grapple deeply enough with the emotional consequences of his discovery, nor does Karon fully explore the ways in which the secret plunges us into the Southern quagmire of race. Still, Mitford fans will enjoy this newest visit with wise, winsome, lovable Father Tim. (Oct. 30)
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“Mitford fans, rejoice! . . . Father Tim answers the summons—and learns that you can go home again.”—The Washington Post

“Lovely . . . This is Karon’s most emotionally complex novel.”—USA Today

“Karon holds varying aspects of humanity up to the light, from staggering cruelty . . . to the awesome power of love and forgiveness.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Mitford fans will enjoy this newest visit with wise, winsome, lovable Father Tim.”—Publishers Weekly

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Heal on Jan. 3 2013
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If you read the Jan Karon books, start from the first in the Mitford series and work your way up to this one. You are cheating yourself of great stories that get referenced in this book if you jump into the world of Father Tim here. Easy read, nice to see less references to scripture than in most of the books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat Stocker on July 14 2014
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Not up to the Mitford Series
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By Yellowlabcjb on Nov. 15 2014
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As always, very mooving.
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By Pauline Siteman on Nov. 2 2014
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loved this story.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clean Jean on Dec 27 2010
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What a joy is was to read this book, especially since I am also interested in my Irish roots as is Father Tim. The unusual twist in the plot makes Father Tim and his life believable. This Book 1 has made it hard for me to wait for Jan Karon to write Book 2. I have given this book as a gift this year and bought my own copy to own, having read it first from the public library.
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