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Publisher's Summary

Number one New York Times best-selling author Jan Karon returns with the 14th novel in the beloved Mitford series, featuring three generations of Kavanaghs.

After 12 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 listeners around the world now love like kin.

©2017 Jan Karon (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Only For The Strong And Persistent

I had such high expectations for this title and I stuck with almost 18 hours of listening doggedly hoping it would perk up. No such luck. This book floats over Mitford randomly dropping in on characters from past books. Sometimes it's just to tick the box on certain people and other times it is for a longer look at how they have fared with time.

For the most part this final entry in the series is for diehard Mitford fans that are feeling really hopeful and strong. Overall I thought it all felt unrealistic and dare I say it--even a bit depressed? I wish I had given this a pass. Disappointing.

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Returned book....narration and story not u to par

I loved this series and could not wait to listen to this book....but the narration was very stilted......made the story sound like someone was reading.g a need promoter...I'm not sure if the narration ruined everything or if the writing also lacked life...I freely admit I did not finish the book and maybe it gets better....but I so loved this series and after 30 or 40 minutes of listening I turned it off and returned the book got a refund



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Good, but somewhat pedestrian

I am a huge Jan Karon fan and have been for years. While I looked very much forward to this book’s release, I sadly did not find this book to be as good as some prior ones. The story was slow and monotonous at points, seeming to lose direction, or perhaps grasping for something to talk about. I do love Ms. Karon’s wholesome, clean and meaningful writing. But this story’s day-to-day recounting of people’s pedestrian lives was a bit exhausting after several chapters. The last chapter or two were much better, and the book ended well.

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Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

I read all of Jan Karin’s books. This one was a wonderful lighthearted read. I recommend it highly but if you’ve never read her books please start with At home in Mitford.

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Jan Karon strikes gold again!

I have been in love with the Jan Karen books of Mitford , And Father Tim for so many years! This book was so worth the wait! Miss Karen

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The worst book ever started

I couldn't listen to more than a few hours of this book. It was superficial, trite and downright boring. I won't be trying this author again.

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Great to be back in Mitford

When I'm in Mitford I smile more, feel good about people, life, and God. it makes me appreciate the simple pleasures and challenges of life.

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Another Winner!

ohn McDonough does the narration on this new novel from Jan Karon. I was so delighted to go back to beloved Mitford. This time we get more of Dooley's story. With scenes from the "point of view" of almost every Mitford character, diehard enthusiasts like me will be in seventh heaven. John McDonough "is" Father Tim. I couldn't associate any other narrator with this wonderful character.

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another wonderful visit to mitford

I become so sad when I get close to the end of another one of these books. I've laughed I've cried and I've seen every inch of midford what a wonderful Storyteller .

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Love this series!

It's always a pleasure to return to Mitford and catch up on its residents. I gave this 4 stars because the story was a bit less cohesive than earlier books.