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Trade Paperback
368 pages
Oct 2008
Penguin Group

Home to Holly Springs (Father Tim, Book 1)

by Jan Karon

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Review:

“Come home.” These are the only two carefully penned words on a mysterious letter that arrived in beloved Father Tim’s mailbox.

Home to Holly Springs is author Jan Karon’s latest installment in the Mitford series. Holly Springs, Mississippi, is where Timothy Andrew Kavanaugh was born and raised. There were good memories associated with his childhood, especially those surrounding his mother, maternal grandparents, and friends. But the shadows, the unexplained behaviors of his father were so haunting that once his parents died, Timothy never returned.

Until now. The simple plea was the beginning of a fantastic journey, both physically and spiritually for Father Tim. Returning to Holly Springs, he pieces together the bits of memory with reality, and encounters old acquaintances, new friends, and precious loved ones. Along the way he finds understanding, forgiveness, grace, and love from sources he never imagined. Father Tim’s courageous journey proves that secrets lose their power when they are no longer secrets and in God’s miraculous economy, nothing is wasted. “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose,” (Romans 8:28).

Emotionally intricate, Father Tim’s adventure brings the reader face-to-face with cruelty and bigotry, deep emotional pain that results in mental imbalance, the affects of behavior on future generations, and the unfathomable power of forgiveness and love.

Already a fan of Jan Karon and the Mitford series, I was eager to take this story with me on my own trip to South Carolina and Georgia. The richness of the dialogue, the believable characters, history, and human spirit woven into Home to Holly Springs still takes my breath away.

As an author of ten non-fiction titles, and now trying my hand at fiction, I appreciate how Karon’s gift as a storyteller shines in these pages, and her use of flashbacks is well penned. Of all of Karon’s excellent works, Home to Holly Springs is her best. For an added treat, listen to Home to Holly Springs as a recorded book. The reader’s talent with voices and accents brings an unparalleled depth to this well-written tale. – PeggySue Wells, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Book Jacket:

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). They learned quickly that “after you’ve spent time in Mitford, you’ll want to come back” (Chicago Tribune). Millions eagerly awaited the publication of each novel, relishing the story of the bookish and bighearted Episcopal priest and the extraordinary fullness of his seemingly ordinary life. 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). They learned quickly that “after you’ve spent time in Mitford, you’ll want to come back” (Chicago Tribune). Millions eagerly awaited the publication of each novel, relishing the story of the bookish and bighearted Episcopal priest and the extraordinary fullness of his seemingly ordinary life.

Now, 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.” Little does he know how much these two words will change his life. 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.