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Home to Holly Springs Audiobook

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

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?
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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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    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 2014
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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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    "Very Good"

    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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    David Fort Worth, TX, United States 04-23-15
    David Fort Worth, TX, United States 04-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Heavier and less Believable"

    There were some very heavy parts in the story. It was hard to identify with father Tim all all of a sudden being a 5 to 13-year-old boy. Filled in some of the blanks that had been building in the other stories but was a little unbelievable in the outcomes.

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    mary a armstrong 12-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Disappointed in the new series."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I did not enjoy this book at all. I found that it was very boring. I so enjoyed the first series. It was a lively and entertaining read. Not so much with this one.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Orphan Train. Unless I decide to listen to the original Midford stories again, I doubt I will pick up another Jan Karon.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Sowers?

    Yes. I thought he did a nice job.


    Was Home to Holly Springs worth the listening time?

    I didn't think it was. I didn't finish it.


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    Barbera Hyytinen 09-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great as Usual"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love these people and their lives. They share life changing stories while still sharing God's love in their lives.


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    GeGe Bliss 09-24-14
    GeGe Bliss 09-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Enchanting"
    What did you love best about Home to Holly Springs?

    I liked the way she weaved the story together, keeping the reader in suspense but so delightfully written you wouldn't want to skip ahead for fear of missing something.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the age Pastor Tim is and the reflections he has on his life. I thought it is nice to think that we are never too old to learn something about our past that will explain things that we have never quite understood.


    What does Scott Sowers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Love his voice, he just seems perfect for this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, it made me smile most of the time, laughing out loud at other times.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this would make a wonderful movie!

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    marykay 02-19-14
    marykay 02-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    Where does Home to Holly Springs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites as is the Mitford series. It continues to hold my interest after 7 books & fills in lots of answers


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Fr tim saved Peggy from being raped and tim telling his bro. He was a match 4 a kidney transplant both heart wrenching.


    Who was the most memorable character of Home to Holly Springs and why?

    Peggy for all she endured and how she handled it


    Any additional comments?

    The entire series from "at home in Milford" through "In the company of strangers" will be my "go to" "feel good" books. Thisvis my 3rd time through and I still love them as much as the first time.

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    Brenda Liberty Township, OH, United States 09-01-13
    Brenda Liberty Township, OH, United States 09-01-13

    I am a mother of two adult children and married to a wonderful man. I am a full time Realtor who enjoys historical fiction.

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    "Don't care for this story teller."
    What did you love best about Home to Holly Springs?

    I can't get past the story teller. This is nothing like the other books when John Mcdonnough told the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He doesn't continue the same characters from the other Jan Karon books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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