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To Be Where You Are
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To Be Where You Are
Mitford Series, Book 14
by Jan Karon
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
#1 New York Times-bestselling author Jan Karon returns with the fourteenth novel in the beloved Mitford series, featuring three generations of Kavanaghs.

Wounds heal, bonds grow stronger, and celebrations continue...Welcome back to beloved Mitford.
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. As for what it proves, heaven only knows.
Millions of Karon fans will be thrilled that it's life as usual in the wildly popular Mitford series: A beloved town character lands a front-page obituary, but who was it, exactly, who died? And what about the former mayor, born the year Lindbergh landed in Paris, who's still running for office? All this, of course, is but a feather on the wind compared to Muse editor J.C. Hogan's desperate attempts to find a cure for his marital woes. Will it be high-def TV or his pork-chop marinade? In fiction, as in real life, there are no guarantees.
Twenty minutes from Mitford at Meadowgate Farm, newlyweds Dooley and Lace Kavanagh face a crisis that devastates their bank account and impacts their family vet practice. But there is still a lot to celebrate, as their adopted son, Jack, looks forward to the most important day of his life—with great cooking, country music, and lots of people who love him. Happily, it will also be a day when the terrible wound in Dooley's biological family begins to heal because of a game—let's just call it a miracle—that breaks all the rules.
In To Be Where You Are, Jan Karon weaves together the richly comic and compelling lives of two Kavanagh families, and a cast of characters that readers around the world now love like kin.

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
#1 New York Times-bestselling author Jan Karon returns with the fourteenth novel in the beloved Mitford series, featuring three generations of Kavanaghs.

Wounds heal, bonds grow stronger, and celebrations continue...Welcome back to beloved Mitford.
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. As for what it proves, heaven only knows.
Millions of Karon fans will be thrilled that it's life as usual in the wildly popular Mitford series: A beloved town character lands a front-page obituary, but who was it, exactly, who died? And what about the former mayor, born the year Lindbergh landed in Paris, who's still running for office? All this, of course, is but a feather on the wind compared to Muse editor J.C. Hogan's desperate attempts to find a cure for his marital woes. Will it be high-def TV or his pork-chop marinade? In fiction, as in real life, there are no guarantees.
Twenty minutes from Mitford at Meadowgate Farm, newlyweds Dooley and Lace Kavanagh face a crisis that devastates their bank account and impacts their family vet practice. But there is still a lot to celebrate, as their adopted son, Jack, looks forward to the most important day of his life—with great cooking, country music, and lots of people who love him. Happily, it will also be a day when the terrible wound in Dooley's biological family begins to heal because of a game—let's just call it a miracle—that breaks all the rules.
In To Be Where You Are, Jan Karon weaves together the richly comic and compelling lives of two Kavanagh families, and a cast of characters that readers around the world now love like kin.

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    Mitford

    Thursday, October 1

    It was the first day of October, and all things considered, Mitford was pretty quiet.

    Around the tenth of the month is when it would hit the fan. The chlorophylls of summer foliage would have degraded into non­fluorescent chlorophyll catabolites, and hidden pigments would explode in a pyrotechnic extravagance of scarlet, gold, vermilion, and out-loud ­yellow.

    While the display would be rampant throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, Mitford was proud to offer its very own autumn expo:

    A brace of mature Acer rubrum, which paraded from Town Hall to First Baptist. Such annual spectacle would not be missed by tourists in the hundreds, steaming up the mountain with the ubiquitous cell phone and occasional Nikon.

    There was, however, a caveat. There were now two gaps in the parade of maples. One where lightning had struck in 2005 and the other where trunk rot had finally dealt its fatal blow.

    The Council had ordered the stump ground and the vacant sites disguised with mulch. Mitford had not enjoyed a furor in quite a while and somehow, collectively, had decided the time had come.

    A party of locals demanded that the maples be replaced, full-size, which would cost the town a bundle. Others campaigned to replant with beds of pansies, historically known as the town flower. A group calling themselves the Vocal Locals objected to pine bark mulch as too acidic for the soil and pressed for cocoa bean hulls, which others rejected outright as 'too foreign.'

    Esther Cunningham's copy of the weekly Muse hit the porch at seven-thirty sharp; she read the feature on the trees while cranked back in her recliner.

    She hadn't served as Mitford's mayor, albeit former, for nothing. She knew about such things. People were right about th' pine bark—get it offa there and go with th' pansies. How often did they get a blank spot to drop in a couple flats of pansies? As for replacement, no. Nobody in their right mind would go for the cost of spading in mature trees, and young stock would look ridiculous among their elders.

    After sixteen nose-to-the-grindstone years, she'd been retired for how long? Too long! She had sworn never to run for office again, but didn't people change their minds all the time and so what if she was gaining on ninety?

    Take th' woman in England who was a hundred and still tend-­ in' bar—pullin' pints, she called it, three days a week. And that ­hundred-year-old gal writin' for a newspaper, askin' people, Got any news?

    And how about th' mayor who was still mayorin' at a hundred an' two, bless 'er heart? Just lately, she dropped dead comin' out of a council meeting, which was no surprise. How many of those monkey shows had she, Esther Cunningham, barely escaped with her life?

    She located the remote in the pocket of the recliner, cranked upright, and reached for her iPad.

    Havin' an iPad had opened a whole new world. Her daughters could no longer accuse her of bein' Stone Age; she knew what was goin' on out there with people livin' longer.

    At seven thirty-five, Father Tim Kavanagh dropped a frozen banana, half a package of frozen acai berries, and a handful of frozen mangoes and peaches into a blender. The mélange was followed by a container of Greek yogurt, a spoonful of tahini, and a long pour of almond milk.

    He hit the Blend button while firmly holding down the lid. Completely new to the smoothie regimen, he was alarmed by the possibility of the lid flying off and splattering stuff all over the kitchen. But the blender wouldn't blend. It sounded like an eighteen-wheeler spinning...

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  • Jan Karon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels in the Mitford series, featuring Episcopal priest Father Tim Kavanagh. She has authored twelve other books, including Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader, and several titles for children. Jan lives in Virginia near the World Heritage site of Jefferson's Monticello.
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  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator John McDonough brings Father Tim Kavanagh to life, along with the other folksy characters of Jan Karon's beloved Mitford series. McDonough's pacing brings a level of depth and appreciation to Karon's writing that allows the listener to savor the story. Father Tim is given a full-time job after struggling over how to find his self-worth in retirement. J.C. Hogan's marital woes are still at issue, one well-known character will die, and the mayor of Mitford still keeps running term after term. Returning to Mitford as a listener continues to feel like visiting family and old friends. The continuity of McDonough as narrator ensures that listeners will enjoy visiting again. C.L.S. � AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine
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