Home to Holly Springs (Father Tim Series #1)

Home to Holly Springs (Father Tim Series #1)

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by Jan Karon
     
 

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With Home to Holly Springs, New York Times-bestselling author Jan Karon launches a new series, The Father Tim Novels, featuring the retired Episcopal priest that her readers have come to love. With all the deep feeling, insight, and humor that fans of the Mitford series cherish, Karon in this novel takes Father Tim on a journey to his hometown of Holly Springs,

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With Home to Holly Springs, New York Times-bestselling author Jan Karon launches a new series, The Father Tim Novels, featuring the retired Episcopal priest that her readers have come to love. With all the deep feeling, insight, and humor that fans of the Mitford series cherish, Karon in this novel takes Father Tim on a journey to his hometown of Holly Springs, Mississippi. A host of fascinating encounters with people along the way ensure that the trip is colorful, though as Father Tim arrives in response to a mysterious summons, he may discover that home is where the heart is but also where secrets are hidden.

Editorial Reviews

"Come home." It takes only a two-word, unsigned note to call Father Tim Kavanaugh back to his Holly Springs, Mississippi, roots. And readers of Jan Karon's nine Mitford Years novels will require no greater prod than that to be drawn into this latest installment about this newly retired Episcopalian priest. Father Tim's return to his old stomping grounds brings with it heartwarming nostalgia but also the exposure of deeply buried secrets and the discovery of newfound friends. Could this be the timely arrival of a new Karon series?
Publishers Weekly

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 Episcopal priest returns to his childhood town of Holly Springs, Miss., where he reconnects with old friends and battles some old demons. The novel is thick with Father Tim's past, as Karon uses flashbacks to shed light on his early adulthood, especially his transition to seminary. In Holly Springs, his penchant for getting near strangers to open up to him-and his earnest, moving reflections on faith, prayer and the risks of love-are reassuringly present. His wife, Cynthia, is on stage far less than he, but when she appears, she is charming and insightful, as usual. Yet the book is far from perfect. Development of the quirky locals in Holly Springs is thin, and the end is a tad abrupt. Most frustratingly, the central drama of the novel falls flat: Father Tim discovers a long-buried family secret, but he doesn't grapple deeply enough with the emotional consequences of his discovery, nor does Karon fully explore the ways in which the secret plunges us into the Southern quagmire of race. Still, Mitford fans will enjoy this newest visit with wise, winsome, lovable Father Tim. (Oct. 30)

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USA Today
Lovely . . . This is Karon's most emotionally complex novel.
The Washington Post
Mitford fans, rejoice! . . . Father Tim answers the summons—and learns that you can go home again.
The Atlanta Journal- Constitution
Karon holds varying aspects of humanity up to the light, from staggering cruelty . . . to the awesome power of love and forgiveness.
Kirkus Reviews
Far from Mitford and his beloved wife Cynthia, Father Tim Kavanagh enters unfamiliar emotional territory in the town of his birth. When he receives a letter postmarked Holly Springs, Miss., that contains a cryptic two-word message written in a precise, old-fashioned hand, Father Tim decides to answer its call and return to his birthplace for the first time in 38 years. On the long drive, he faces unanswered questions and half-forgotten memories: What happened to his boyhood chum and blood brother, Tommy? What caused his father's melancholy that bordered on cruelty? What happened to Peggy, the adored black caregiver who disappeared when he was 11? Who is trying to contact him, and why? As Father Tim awaits the letter writer, he is showered by blessings: He finds that his hometown has been beautifully restored, and he makes peace with an old flame. When the summons comes, it brings both joy and betrayal. He is reunited with his beloved Peggy, only to learn a terrible secret: She was carrying his father's child when she disappeared. When Peggy reveals that Henry, her son and Tim's half-brother, has leukemia and can only survive with a transfusion from a compatible sibling, Tim has to struggle to reach the decision he knows is right. In this setting away from home, we see Father Tim in a new light as he wrestles with his past and explores the origins of his religious convictions. The saga veers into magical theater as Karon (Cynthia Coppersmith's Violet Comes to Stay, 2006, etc.) ties up every loose end in Tim's past. But readers who miss Mitford's colorful eccentrics will be satisfied by Holly Springs's ample supply of quirky characters. Karon's deft interweaving of past and present infusesthe Mitford saga with new energy.
From the Publisher
“Mitford fans, rejoice! . . . Father Tim answers the summons—and learns that you can go home again.”—The Washington Post

“Lovely . . . This is Karon’s most emotionally complex novel.”—USA Today

“Karon holds varying aspects of humanity up to the light, from staggering cruelty . . . to the awesome power of love and forgiveness.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Mitford fans will enjoy this newest visit with wise, winsome, lovable Father Tim.”—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670018253
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/30/2007
Series:
Father Tim Series, #1
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Mitford fans, rejoice! . . . Father Tim answers the summons—and learns that you can go home again.”—The Washington Post

“Lovely . . . This is Karon’s most emotionally complex novel.”—USA Today

“Karon holds varying aspects of humanity up to the light, from staggering cruelty . . . to the awesome power of love and forgiveness.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Mitford fans will enjoy this newest visit with wise, winsome, lovable Father Tim.”—Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

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.”

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Date of Birth:
1937
Place of Birth:
Lenoir, North Carolina
Website:
http://www.mitfordbooks.com

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Home to Holly Springs (Father Tim Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 132 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful addition to the Father Tim stories! We get to see the events that made Father Tim the man he is. We also have the opportunity to see that negative events in our lives can lead to good instead of being used as excuses for failure and lack of ambition.
yellowroseBCD More than 1 year ago
I opened "Home to Holly Springs" with such anticipation! I finally had Jan Karon's new book, it was a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon, I was in heaven. As I read, turning each page eagerly, I kept saying to myself, "Something exciting will happen soon, the next chapter will be more exciting." I was expecting this book to be like the Mitford books, but those familiar characters were not appearing. The new characters were not as likeable, and I didn't care too much about them. I tried to like them, but I found them a bit tiring. Two major characters with the same name! Who was who? Jan Karon, why? I struggled with the book, determined to finish it. Finally, Cynthia showed up and things began moving along! I was not surprised with the final "secret"; nor was I surprised with Father Tim's decision. Of course, he would! I do look forward to more Father Tim books. I just hope they will be more fun to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt bereft when I finished the last novel in the Mitford series. So I was elated to discover that Jan Karon has continued Father Tim Kavanagh's adventures in a new series. If you read the Mitford novels, you know that Father Tim at times referred to an uneasy relationship with his own father. In this novel, Father Tim goes home to Holly Springs and confronts some demons from his past. This journey has mystery, humor, and characters that come to life on the page. I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series...
Msrosie More than 1 year ago
I loved getting to know Tim and his background. It was a very enjoyable book and I look forward to the next installment.
just-a-thot More than 1 year ago
This was just a wonderful book. Father Tim goes back to Holly Springs at age 70, and his boyhood suddenly comes alive in flashbacks to the deep south. A wonderful escape to another time and place, beautiful love story, wonderful surprise ending. Loved it, highly recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in this book after having loved all of her previous books. I could not wait to read the next. In this book, she seems to have changed. In previous books, she wrote more about her characters and their interaction. It almost seems as if someone told Ms. Karon to change her style and that she was becoming too formulaic. I think not but it seems she has gone out of her way to change . I couldn't follow the dialogue and couldn't figure out some of the insinuations. I must go back and read it again to figure out some of the characters. I do hope she gets back on track in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading" Home to Holly Springs"for the 3rd time! I Love it more and more! Miss Cynthia,but realize Father Tim needs to have this be his time.Having been born and raised in the south,I felt at home with the sights and smells so beautifully described.I read it again after finishing"In the Company of Others" for the 3rdtime as well! Can't wait for another "Father Tim"novel. Love them all!!!Thanks Jan Karon
sherri0216 More than 1 year ago
I love the audio books of the Mitford series and couldn't wait to listen to the next round of Father Tim. But I was very disappointed that a new reader was doing the book. The series really needs the other guy to do this series (and any other books on disc that he can, he is WONDERFUL)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hands down, the best book since To Kill a Mockingbird!
mcjolly More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Mitford series and all the Christmas books; plus the cookbook. But, Home to Holly Springs takes us back to the beginning of Father Tim and his roots. In the process of this journey, the reader is also reminded of their own history. When Father Tim is reaquainted with an old flame and the memories involved with it, the reader has their own old memories. It is such a warm,fuzzy book. Thank you, Jan Karon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite of all the Mitford books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Jan Karon's books and this one was no exception.
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Same old same old story and plot sorta like witness protection program but all in same jobs
Ilovemister More than 1 year ago
Just like all of her other books, it was fantastic. I have loved all of the Mitford Series and I read her newest one the week it came out. I am on the last one now, In the Company of Others. Then I have read them all and have to wait for her to write another one. That's the tough part.
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Booklover0080 More than 1 year ago
What a good book A truly good story and emotional read. I highly recommend all the books in this series. I feel so good after reading these stories containing Father Tim. Some even make you want to shed a tear or two but you always leave the stories feeling like part of them.
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If you've read the Mitford series, this will give you a more indepth understanding of Father Tim.
MayBe2 More than 1 year ago
When the town of Mitford came into my life,I felt like all the characters where a part of my family.I started reading it around the 90's.I laughed till I cried, and cried till I laughted. I grieved for those I lost in Mitford and  those who found  love I cheered.After the first book ,I was hooked and wanted to meet the people who were fictitious.That was a town that I belonged in.I wanted to be with Father Tim in his church and rejoiced in his marriage along with Barnabas along with Dooley .Please bring Mitford back Please!!! I am 73 and i lived on those in Mitford.I told my husband before He passed that if Mitford were real I would have moved there after the 1st book . Please bring Mitfrod back Jan the world needs it and so do i. God Bless you and all the ones you were blessed with to help write the series about my dream town .I'll be looking for it in the best book shops  
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This book contained too much content about Tim's bitterness and hurt toward his long deceased father. I thought that had already been dealt with in a previous book of the Mitford Series. This story contained more scandal than was usual for the Father Tim series and lacked some of the warm-heartedness. The ending was satisfactory.