To Be Where You Are (Mitford Years #14) by Jan Karon

To Be Where You Are (Mitford Years #14)

#1 New York Times bestselling author Jan Karon returns with the fourteenth novel in the beloved Mitford series, featuring three generations of Kavanaghs. After twelve years of wrestling with the conflicts of retirement, Father Tim Kavanagh realizes he doesn't need a steady job to prove himself. Then he's given one--but what, exactly, does it prove? Meanwhile, newly married Dooley and Lace face a crisis that empties their bank account and turns th...

Details To Be Where You Are (Mitford Years #14)

TitleTo Be Where You Are (Mitford Years #14)
Release DateSep 19th, 2017
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
GenreFiction, Christian Fiction, Christian, Adult

Reviews To Be Where You Are (Mitford Years #14)

  • Phrynne
    A big happy sigh and a bit of sadness too because I am back from the land of Mitford after two really pleasurable days spent wallowing in its friendly atmosphere. I love the town, I love the people and I love it every time this author writes a new book.I have been reading this series for many years now and as the characters have developed I have become more and more involved. Dooley and Lace have grown up before my eyes and now have a child of th...
  • Susan Johnson
    I was going to be chintzy and take a half star away because there was simply not enough Father Tim and Cynthia for me but I just loved the warm embrace of Mitford so much that I gave it the full five stars. How can a 78 year old retired Anglican priest and his artist wife be so fascinating? Because Father Tim is someone we would all like in our lives. A kind man who came to love late in his life, fatherhood by adoption even later and grateful for...
  • Toni
    Now listening to the Audio, which is great, and so calming! How could the 12th book (or 14th if you count the Fr. Tim books) of any series, still be so fresh and stunning?! Jan Karon again works her word magic with this new book as if she’s just introducing all her Mitford characters. I have read the entire series and this book is right up there with the best.Fr. Tim has been retired for ten plus years but at 77 he’s not ready to slow down an...
  • Sheryl
    This was my first trip to the town Mitford and I was totally captivated. What a wonderful series and I'm so upset with myself for not reading them before. Better late than never, right? Father Tim Kavanagh is dealing with his retirement and his new health regime which is quite humorous. He's trying you have to give him that, even if his smoothies are a bit chunky! I didn't find myself lost at all as I read through this series with all its loveabl...
  • Elisabeth Calmes
    It was lovely to go back to Mitford but it rambled a bit. It went into too many characters' lives. Maybe I would love it if all the characters were all still clear in my mind, but since it's been years since I read one, it felt rambly. Still a comforting read.
  • Laura
    One of the ways a book can get a rare five star rating from me is when the setting and characters make me want to crawl inside of it and hang out. This is one of those books. While in some ways Mitford and its inhabitants are idealized, there are also plenty of realistic problems and life events. The action picks up not too long after the events of Come Rain or Come Shine, and the reader gets plenty of time with Lace and Dooley on their farm and ...
  • Sarah Grace
    Wow. Beautiful. I honestly don't know how to write a proper review for this book, so I don't think I will. Jan Karon's Mitford series as been the most influential piece of fiction on my life, both spiritual and otherwise. Period. I just have not words to describe the beauty, heartache, and raw emotion that fills this book. I cried numerous times, especially at a plot twist towards the end. Just wow. I'm not sure if this will be the last Mitford b...
  • Laura
    Why are the books that mean the most to you, the hardest ones to write your feelings and thoughts about it? Sometimes, it takes a few days, some time, to step away from the novel you read, so you can get a feel for what you experienced from your book. I will be up-front. My five star rating is probably biased, but I love these characters too much to give them anything less than a five in this book. Jan Karon's books are special to me. They give m...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    Way more than 5 stars! How do I even begin to craft a review worthy of such a novel? I adore my Mitford books. They have pride of place on my shelves. I have read all of them, most twice. And my heart yet yearns to read them all again. Jan Karon has the most amazing heart to write these novels. They are such spiritual nourishment to this reader. I've grinned, gasped, laughed, and wept out loud, sometimes a big, full out ugly cry. This is 447 page...
  • Chris Conley
    For some reason, I am not sure what that is, I struggled with this Mitford outing. I have read all of the previous books and love the town and its people. I just could not stay engaged with this one. I may try again and see if the stars align.
  • Amy Leigh
    The beginning starts off slow but by no means is this a boring book. This is a continuation of the popular Mitford Series by Jan Karon. It continues the emotional and raw stories of the Kavanagh families. Father Tim is coming to realizations about himself and his purpose. The newly-wed Dooley and Lace have to deal with major tragedy, stress and loss. Jack is the hero or shining star as he heals old wounds and brings the family and town much happi...
  • Yvonne
    I would try to write and describe the people and the story line but there is a lot going on in this book. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. If I had not gotten stuck or confused a couple of times I would have easily given it a 4. I really loved the characters they were all so lovable and well described. During the reading I kept getting a horrible feeling in the bottom of my stomach that something bad was going to happen to the characters but thankfull...
  • Randi Abel
    I often marvel at those on the right who long for "the good old days" and want to "take back [their] country" and "make America 'great' again." I never really understood what they were talking about because they seem to be longing for an America that has never existed. Then I read this book, which can only be considered mythological. Granted, as a Jewish woman with disabilities who has struggled against poverty many times and spent most of my adu...
  • Sherri Thacker
    As much as I hoped to like this one, I felt it was all over the place. Too many storylines to keep track of and of those storylines I just didn’t “get it”. Not for me. Dnf
  • Kristina
    To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon is the fourteenth A Mitford Novel. Father Tim is surprised when he receives a call that Esther Bolick has passed away. He is asked to return to Lord’s Chapel to give her eulogy. Dooley and Lacy Kavanagh have an unexpected expense when the pipes burst at Kavanagh Animal Wellness Clinic. Lacy has an opportunity to earn the money needed, but it would mean going away for a couple of months. Would it hinder the compl...
  • Clwseattle
    I have been reading Jan Karon since 1999. When I found her back then I binged on the Mitford series until I caught up, then waited for every new installment and was never disappointed when it came.To Be Where You Are did not evoke that same satisfaction or contentment. I found it very disjointed, jumping from one previously very minor character to another, too often with no context or reason for the jump. I understand that Karon was flushing out ...
  • Anne Trinkle
    I found the last two books of this series tedious. I am the world's biggest fan of Jan Karon's writing and John McDonough's narration. With that said, this book seemed to concentrate on Avis, the local grocer. If you had not read the rest of the series, this book would be very confusing and off putting. There was not a smooth transition between one character's thoughts and another's thoughts or actions. I found myself wondering why Dooley was in ...
  • Jill Robinson
    I just couldn't do it. I have been a long term fan of Jan Karon and reading Mitford novels are like going home. But this one was horrible. I could not follow her writing style (which seemed very different), I had no idea who was talking when, and it was just boring. As much as I hated to do it, I put it down. I will stick with my memories of Father Tim and Mitford from the previous novels.
  • Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
    Thank you to @penguinrandomhouse for the advanced galley of "To Be Where You Are", Jan Karon's 14th installment of the beloved Mitford Years books, due to be released on 9/19. My mother-in-law introduced me to this series over 15 years ago though I will confess I haven't kept up with the books in the last several years. Settling into this novel was like visiting old friends and family. Like snuggling into your favorite sweater with a warm cup of ...
  • Donna Gabbard
    Reading a Mitford book is like reading a long letter from an old don't want it to end.
  • The Library Lady
    I know that 13 is considered an unlucky number in many cultures, but I think Karon could have stopped right there, leaving Dooley and Lace married to live "happily ever after," in the minds of their readers, Instead, she has gone on to this, #14. But Jan Karon is becoming formulaic. The kids are more and more twee (Grace Murphy's sequence here is especially icky cutesy), everyone with a crisis overcomes it with the help of the Lord and/or a dog, ...
  • Alice Teets
    I absolutely adore Mitford and the people who make up this community. The writing feels like you are just living the life with Father Tim, Cynthia, Dooley, Lace, and the rest of the characters who all add so much to the story. Through this entire series, I have become invested in the community. When you lose a character that has been a part of the series, even if the character is not a major player, you feel the loss. Seeing the next generation o...
  • Candace
    I have loved this series since the very first book . Unfortunately, I was disappointed with this one. I felt the writing was scattered. I did not like how she jumped around from one thing to another . I found it confusing. This story just seemed too scattered to me. Not what I expected from an author that I have enjoyed for all these years. Sad to say, the Mitord Series seems to have lost the heart of what made it so enjoyable for all these years...
  • Christopher Lawson
    Old Priests Never Retire, They Just Take The Occasional Wrong NumberYea--We are back in Mitford! For readers new to the series, Mitford is a safe, warm, and genuine place. Life is a little calmer, the people are kind, and their faith is real.Life goes on at a leisurely pace in Mitford, and a similarly modest pace in this book. The folks in town try to be good Christians as well as good citizens. Most folks still say grace before meals. One woman,...
  • Carol
    Ah, Mitford. 4.5 stars. This book didn't have the tension/celebration of a wedding but there were some fine moments. I just listened to an interview Karon gave for Wisconsin Public Radio; she said this is the last Mitford book. [sob] I will come back after I've copied quotes into my commonplace book.I'm ready to go back to At Home in Mitford and reread the whole canon. Reading intersection: Jan Karon said that she imagined the Orange Marmalade Ca...
  • Piepie
    Times, they are a-changin'!At about 450 pages the newest installment in the much-beloved Mitford series is cram-jammed with familiar faces, people not-so-familiar, fun, food, and laughter. Definitely laughter. I love when a book makes me snicker out loud, and on that point probably any Mitford book absolutely delivers.Many loved characters are back - besides Father Tim, Cynthia, Puny, Esther Cunningham, etc., there is also a focus on Hope Winches...
  • Vickie
    I know 5 Stars is a bit overboard but I always feel so good while reading a Mitford book, I had to give it 5. Wish I lived in Mitford.
  • Kathryn
    It just warms the heart, this series. Over the years so many characters have come to life and this book touched and where everyone is. There were many to keep straight, but I quit trying and just let the story unfold and it was fine. I hope this series never ends.
  • Barb in Maryland
    Absolutely lovely. Everything a Mitford book should be--warm, emotional, inspirational; with a deep philosophical question--Is there a difference between God's love for you and a dog's love for you?ps--I want a grocery store like The Local near me.