Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon
(Father Tim, Book 1)

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The first of the Father Tim novels by the bestselling author of At Home in Mitford, Somebody Safe with Somebody Good, and other books in the Mitford Series

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). Millions have relished the story of the bookish and big-hearted Episcopal priest and the fullness of his seemingly ordinary life. Now, in the first novels of a new series, 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.” 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.

About Jan Karon

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Jan Karon, born Janice Meredith Wilson in the foothills of North Carolina, was named after the title of a popular novel, Janice Meredith. Jan wrote her first novel at the age of ten. "The manuscript was written on Blue Horse notebook paper, and was, for good reason, kept hidden from my sister. When she found it, she discovered the one curse word I had, with pounding heart, included in someone's speech. For Pete's sake, hadn't Rhett Butler used that very same word and gotten away with it? After my grandmother's exceedingly focused reproof, I've written books without cussin' ever since." Several years ago, Karon left a successful career in advertising to move to the mountain village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and write books. "I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author," she says. "I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk." Enthusiastic booksellers across the country have introduced readers of all ages to Karon's heartwarming books. At Home in Mitford, Karon's first book in the Mitford series, was nominated for an ABBY by the American Booksellers Association in 1996 and again in 1997. Bookstore owner, Shirley Sprinkle, says, "The Mitford Books have been our all-time fiction bestsellers since we went in business twenty-five years ago. We've sold 10,000 of Jan's books and don't see any end to the Mitford phenomenon."
Published October 30, 2007 by Viking Adult. 368 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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 E

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Book Reporter

Although popular novelist Jan Karon has finished her Mitford series, everyone’s favorite Episcopal priest is back in HOME TO HOLLY SPRINGS, her first installment of the Father Tim Novels.

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USA Today

(She wrapped up the Mitford series with 2005's faintly disappointing Light From Heaven.)In Home to Holly Springs, Tim, now 70, leaves Cynthia at home (thank you!) and, with his big old dog, Barnabas, as his companion, returns for the first time in 38 years to his Mississippi hometown.

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Jackson District Library

As the author says " Delving into Father Tim's early life provides a 'whole new perspective on someone we thought we new very well' " If you have never read Jan Karon’s books, they are classified as Christian or Inspirational fiction, you will find that they are very gentle and sometimes slow.

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