In the Company of Others by Jan Karon
A Father Tim Novel

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Fans of Jan Karon will find IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS quite different from her Mitford series. There are brief references to Dooley, Tim's adopted son, and a few other residents of Mitford, but this follow-up to HOME TO HOLLY SPRINGS reads more like an historical soap opera than a typical Karon novel.
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Follow Father Tim and Cynthia on their journey to research his Kavanagh ancestry in the Irish countryside.
 
Vacation—the very word has been foreign to Episcopal priest Tim Kavanagh. Now retired from tending his flock in the village of Mitford, he is making good on a promise to show his wife, Cynthia, the charming land of his Irish ancestors. But after arriving at a Lough Arrow fishing lodge in the midst of a torrential downpour, the charm disappears.

They find their holiday upended by an intruder, a treasured painting is stolen from the lodge, and a family conflict dating back nearly a century turns even more bitter. As three generations struggle to find deliverance from the crucifying power of secrets, Tim and Cynthia stumble upon a faded journal that might just explain the crime—and offer a chance at redemption.


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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 19, 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 464 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Reviewed by Carole Turner on Jan 22 2011

Fans of Jan Karon will find IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS quite different from her Mitford series. There are brief references to Dooley, Tim's adopted son, and a few other residents of Mitford, but this follow-up to HOME TO HOLLY SPRINGS reads more like an historical soap opera than a typical Karon novel.

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