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Home to Holly Springs: The First of the Father Tim Novels | [Jan Karon]

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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    Sara USA 12-12-13
    Sara USA 12-12-13

    No plot spoilers please!

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    "Interesting start to a new series"
    Any additional comments?

    I have to say right up front that I really miss John McDonough's narration for the Mitford series. The new narrator was just too young to do the story justice. The character he is giving voice to is 70 years old the the reader sounded very young---too young. Further, the tone used in the reading made well known characters from the series sound flip and sarcastic.

    My feelings are mixed about the book. The story was helpful in adding depth to the character of Father Tim by exploring things from his past only hinted at in the pervious books in the series. However, at times I found the whole thing a bit overly dramatic and heavy handed--and on occasion down right unbelievable. But in the end I am glad I listened to this first book in the new series as it was atmospheric and portrayed southern country life beautifully.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Vickie Redlands, CA, USA 12-26-07
    Vickie Redlands, CA, USA 12-26-07 Member Since 2003
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    "The book is wonderful as always, but....."

    The book was good, like everything in this series has been. Karon is a wonderful writer, and this book has new and interesting information about things that have been mentioned or alluded to in previous volumes.

    BUT..... I hate to say it, but it was positively painful for me to listen to the narration of this new addition to the Mitford series. I realize that John McDonough would be a hard act to follow. However, it wasn't simply that I was wasn't hearing the kind, wise voice of Father Tim I was used to. I was prepared to hear a different voice and I really tried to like it. But although Scott Sowers is a good narrator using a nice mix of voice changes for the various characters, the overall feel of it was disconcerting. So many of the things Father Tim 'said' in Sowers voice came off sounding faintly smart-alecky instead of thoughtful. That probably wasn't the intent, but that's how it sounded to me. I'm resolved to having to hear a different narrator. I'm just not sure that Sowers was the best choice.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Welaka, FL, USA 11-25-07
    Elizabeth Welaka, FL, USA 11-25-07 Member Since 2003
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    The book is great (as Ms. Karon's books are). However, I was disappointed in the narration. Not that it is not good narriation, but this is a character that has already been fully developed for audio and is unrecognizable in this narration. Fr Tim does not even come across as the same character.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Kenner, LA, United States 02-11-12
    Michael Kenner, LA, United States 02-11-12
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    "Just let me write the review."

    The story was excellent. The narrator's (Scott Sowers) voice was too young for a 70 year old man and it was very distracting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela LIVINGSTON, TX, USA 04-12-09
    Pamela LIVINGSTON, TX, USA 04-12-09
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    "Traveling with Father Tim"

    Just when we were afraid we had seen the last of Jan Karon's "At Home in Mitford" series she continues on with a Father Tim series. Karon brings it all together with Father Tim's return to his birth place we have heard snippets about. Our longing to hear more about the Mitford characters is fed once again and in the end we feel we know Farther Tim better than ever. We travel with the whole Mitford series in the car; but this time we felt like we were traveling with Father Tim back to Holly Springs. It made time pass quickly as we happily enjoying the whole Father Tim Saga. This book has more of an adult theme, but still no sex, violence or bad language. Once again the author gives us something to take away from those bumps in our past that we can use today.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shelli Myakka City, FL, United States 11-26-08
    Shelli Myakka City, FL, United States 11-26-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Still a wonderful listen"

    Though accustomed to the other wonderful narrator who has done all of the Mitford books, I still found this recording quite nice. I recommend both the book and the recorded performance.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lodi Manakin Sabot, VA, USA 08-05-08
    Lodi Manakin Sabot, VA, USA 08-05-08 Member Since 2005
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    "wrong narrator"

    I was so disappointed when I heard the first few words in this audiobook. I'm sure Scott Sowers is a fine narrator but not for Father Tim. He sounds sarcastic and cold compared to John McDonough. I will buy the book and read it, hearing McDonough's soft tones in my mind.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Brooklyn, NY, United States 08-04-08
    Emily Brooklyn, NY, United States 08-04-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Love Fr. Timothy"

    As all of the books about Fr. Tim, I enjoyed this one very much however it was very disapointing at first because the familiar voices of the characters were not the same. This different reader did not do justice to the people we thought we knew so well from all the previous books.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Gina 03-30-08
    Gina 03-30-08
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    "I want more!!"

    This was my first Jan Karon story. I am hooked! I listen to my audiobooks while I drive and I found myself sitting in parking lots and even in my garage still listening.
    The characters are so alive and fascinating. More more more please.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Heather B. 04-03-09
    Heather B. 04-03-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Positive about the Scott Sowers Narration"

    A new narrator was a good idea. I've listened to all the Mitford series and absolutely love John McDonough's voice. I wasn't sure I'd like the change. However, I soon realized that much of the voicing in the Holly Springs book is YOUNG Timothy and the southern voices of his childhood, therefore a change in narrator makes perfect sense. Scott Sowers is excellent!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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