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Come Rain or Come Shine (Mitford Series, 11) Paperback – Large Print, May 3, 2016
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Over the course of ten Mitford novels, fans have kept a special place in their hearts for Dooley Kavanagh, first seen in At Home in Mitford as a barefoot, freckle-faced boy in filthy overalls.
Now, Father Tim Kavanagh's adopted son has graduated from vet school and opened his own animal clinic. Since money will be tight for a while, maybe he and Lace Harper, his once and future soul mate, should keep their wedding simple.
So the plan is to eliminate the cost of catering and do potluck. Ought to be fun.
An old friend offers to bring his well-known country band. Gratis.
And once mucked out, the barn works as a perfect venue for seating family and friends.
Piece of cake, right?
In Come Rain or Come Shine, Jan Karon delivers the wedding that millions of Mitford fans have waited for. It's a June day in the mountains, with more than a few creatures great and small, and you're invited--because you're family.
By the way, it's a pretty casual affair, so come as you are and remember to bring a tissue or two. After all, what's a good wedding without a good cry?
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- Publisher : Large Print Press; Large type / Large print edition (May 3, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 333 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1594138591
- ISBN-13 : 978-1594138591
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #267,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The characters have grown older (or Dooley & Lace wouldn't be getting married!) and they have moved into a modern time - where character's communication may vary - and some of the style of writing may (very appropriately) be a reflection of that fact. As the Los Angeles Times review states: "Jan Karon reflects contemporary culture more fully than almost any other living novelist." Thankfully, she has done that without losing the charming Mitford flavor, catching us up on all the characters we have grown to love, and retaining the faith and values of those characters.
Please don't be put off by negative reviews - I was nearly misled. I found this to be a great read - I'm certainly glad I didn't miss it!!
The focus of Come Rain or Come Shineis on the month before and the day of The Big Knot. Dooley and Lace want a small, intimate ceremony at Meadowgate Farm. Karon enjoys poking fun at the myth of a ‘simple country wedding.’ There are obstacles and annoyances. There are secrets and surprises. There is the unrelenting pressure of diminishing time to get the place wedding-ready.
The main character is Lace Harper. Her journals reveal her heart, her hopes, her fears, her loves. She wants to find a wedding dress for under $100; she is thankful for the callouses which document her hard work. She wants to get it—this whole starting a new family—right. I appreciated the ways Dooley and Lace honor the memory of Sadie Baxter (benefactor) and Russell Jacks (Dooley’s grandpa) in their wedding.
Jan Karon and Wendell Berry are both skilled at portraying a community where giving, helping, and reciprocating are the norm. In their novels they don’t cover up the hurts, the anger, the tensions, the troubles. Weddings can be awkward with family drama. Karon handles the presence of Dooley’s birth mom, Pauline Leeper, in the same room as his siblings with utmost care. There is no easy resolution, no instant reconciliation, just baby steps, tiny beginnings towards the on-ramp to healing.
This book and Somewhere Safe are Karon's two best novels. A fitting benediction on the entire Mitford series. But if she wanted to write another Mitford novel, I'd be eager to read it. Perhaps this is the first of the Meadowgate novels. Please, Lord!
Unfortunately not the case with this book. It is really quite disappointing and I’m surprised at all the good reviews. The character development was off. They weren’t realistic characters at all. Dooley and Lace were way too ideal and thought idealistically for 20 something year olds, especially with their history. It wasn’t believable and they just were not relatable people. Even worse was Jack Tyler’s character. He’s four and processes way older than his age. Definitely not realistic. For a kid coming out of neglect, his character development is too simplistic. The fact that he arrives the day before the wedding and gets thrown into the ceremony is not believable- both the choice of the foster parents and his overall response. That seems terribly chaotic for a four year just pulled from everything he knows, regardless of his situation.
What I most appreciate about Jan Karon’s books - the less over-dramatic, more relatable Christian novel - is not represented in this book (and the next one for that matter). However if you’re a fan of Mitford, I would still would read this as it continues the story and it’s hard not to want to read it.
As a side note, some other reviewers wondered if Jan Karon fully wrote this book since it didn’t seem to be up to her usual standard. That’s an interesting question - would explain why the book is lacking so much.