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Home to Holly Springs: The First of the Father Tim Novels

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Publisher's Summary

After more than 38 years, Father Tim Kavanagh returns to his childhood home of Holly Springs, Mississippi, on a profoundly personal journey.

Whatever became of Tommy Noles, his forbidden childhood friend, and Peggy, the loving woman who was like his second mother? What were the facts behind the court trial that drove the Kavanagh family even further apart?

He figures Thomas Wolfe was right: You can't go home again. Then he discovers the truth: A surprising number of connections have miraculously survived time and neglect.

In this first of the Father Tim novels, Jan Karon takes her celebrated Mitford character to territory he has long avoided, the uncharted territory of family, giving us a spellbinding and poignant narrative laced with the wisdom and forgiveness only a trip back home can inspire.

Don't miss more of Father Tim's adventures in Jan Karon's Mitford series.

©2007 Jan Karon; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Mitford fans will enjoy this newest visit with wise, winsome, lovable Father Tim." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Norma Baird 01-08-17
    Norma Baird 01-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great bok"

    This is a great journey for Father Tim as many life questions get answered. It's never too late to reconcile the past.

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    Blessed 10-22-16
    Blessed 10-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I was right there."

    As usual, the author did a phenomenal job! And I thoroughly enjoyed the narration of this book as well.

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    SHELLY HARRISON ADRIAN, MISSOURI United States 10-09-16
    SHELLY HARRISON ADRIAN, MISSOURI United States 10-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I LOVE the Mitford Series!"

    I LOVE the Mitford Series! I often listen and read these books and over again. it is so much like going home. in fact my personal tradition is listening to Shepherds Abiding between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year. I just may be able to recite the whole thing by now!! lol

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    Granny Annie 07-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful! Best of Best!"

    Story line , characters , history , faith and religion mixed and measured out in an amazing book!

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    Kim Bernardston, MA, United States 06-09-16
    Kim Bernardston, MA, United States 06-09-16 Member Since 2015

    Always looking for something new to to explore in life. Over 50, artistic, quilting is a passion. A long drive and a good book are the best

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    "Reader change"

    I have listened to this whole series and I would have preferred the same person reading as you do get attached and invested

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    Amazon Customer Chandler, TX, United States 02-22-16
    Amazon Customer Chandler, TX, United States 02-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Great Story For All To Listen To"

    Really enjoyed this book. Can't wait to hear the next one. Will be looking for it tonight.

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    Kindle Customer 02-01-16
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    "Can't go it without John McCullough"
    Would you try another book from Jan Karon and/or Scott Sowers?

    Yes, but only if narrated by John McCullough. He IS Father Timothy Kavanaugh.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Father Tim


    How could the performance have been better?

    Using John McCullough as the narrator. Scott Sowers almost sounds "snarky" in his portrayal of certain characters, like Fthr Tim's wife Cynthia. The whole purpose of reading these books is to feel uplifted from the vulnerability and kindness of Father Tim's manner and struggles. There's a softness that is totally missing from this narration.


    What character would you cut from Home to Holly Springs?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Father Tim is in his late 60's or better during this return to his hometown. A man of that age narrating seems necessary to put it in proper context. I found myself getting upset with the way he was portraying characters who are loved and admired.

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    Debbie Cook 10-13-15
    Debbie Cook 10-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    I listened to it 3 times while waiting for my new credit, I loved the person who did the reading. Wishing the second book was read by the same person, so disappointed with the new book.

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    JENNIFER COOPER 06-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    I was not happy when I started listening to Scot Sowers after loving John McDonough in the other books......BUT when I heard his portrayal of Peggy I got it. He did a beautiful Peggy and that is a large and important part of the book.

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    Susan 05-26-15
    Susan 05-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "It left me unsettled."

    Home to Holly Springs disappoints me compared to other Mitford books. The story is not the caliber of the others. Maybe it is partly the interpretation of the narrator. He is skilled but doesn't fit Mitford. He made father Tim feel cool and more sure of himself and modern. I picture Father Tim as good, solid, always seeking to be led by God. Deeply respectful of humanity. But not cool in his retorts to others. I felt this was a different Father Tim. It was surprising to find that Matthew Kavanaugh had once been kind to a little black boy, though his father was brutal to him.
    The whole story left me unsettled. We need another volume to connect us back to the Mitford world.

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