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Home to Holly Springs Audiobook

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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    Aygee Khay Maryland, USA 06-10-17
    Aygee Khay Maryland, USA 06-10-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't skip this book!"

    I have read the entire Mitford series, but hesitated on this one, since it was an offshoot. I am so glad I read this! It tied up several loose ends to Father Tim's life! Well written, with lots of surprises! The narrator did a skillful job with all the southern accents, with one exception - Father Tim can ONLY be read by John McDonough, in my humble opinion!

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    J. Ashley Texas 03-01-17
    J. Ashley Texas 03-01-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Can we evier go home..."
    Where does Home to Holly Springs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I absolutely loved this book. The story, narration & going back explains how Father Tim became the strong individual that he is. It's definetly one of my favorites!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Father Tim....his devotion & Faith does not affect his humor! I absolutely love his attitude on life yet keeping his faith!


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

    I had gotten use to John McDonough & love him as Father Tim.,,in fact to me, he IS Father Tim! Home to Holly Springs allows us to go back to see where it all began! From his childhood to his teens. In my opinion Scott Sowers was perfect narrating this book . Personally I do not believe I would have enjoyed it as much with different narration... because of his voice not as deep, his portrayal of the younger boys was great!


    If you could rename Home to Holly Springs, what would you call it?

    Father Tim...going Home...???? I really think the name it has is perfect...describes the story perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    Not to be rude & please forgive me if it sounds as such but I liked the men narrating the story much better. 😬

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    tab 02-12-17
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    "Uplifting, heart wrenching, and filled with humor."
    If you could sum up Home to Holly Springs in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, funny, engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Peggy's story.


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

    Very believable characters. Even slow parts of the story were easy to listen to because of his incredible vocal range, accents, and inflections.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Peggy' s story.


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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
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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 2017
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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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    "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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