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A glorious rendition of the book of Joshua...this book helps us understand that God can close that gap between where we are and where we know we should be.
Sometimes we meet people in life who welcome us in with such open arms, and open hearts, that they immediately feel like family. This has been the overarching theme to all of Jan Karon’s Mitford novels and there is no exception for her newest entry, Come Rain or Come Shine. Whether you are meeting Father Tim Kavanagh and his family for the first time or are old acquaintances, you are cordially invited to attend the family wedding for Dooley Kavanagh and Lace Harper. As I read this novel, I was sucked into the wedding planning right alongside Dooley and Lace—teenage sweethearts and obvious soulmates.
Karon has a gift for giving you a real glimpse into the lives of these beloved characters. “Slice-of-life” has never been a more apt description. The drama is never high stakes, there are no bombs to diffuse, no serial killers on the loose. What there is, though, is the drama of real life. If you’ve been married you will relate with every fiber of your being to the fears and stresses that Dooley and Lace face as they head into their wedding and marriage. Questions of seating arrangements, dress acquisitions, and weather forecasts battle for importance next to the realities of setting up a home, balancing strained familial relations, and facing the possibility of parenthood.
Lace is a delight as she navigates with, what seems to be unending, grace the task set before her. Her humility has her searching for a hundred dollar wedding dress and craving the simplicity of a potluck country wedding. Dooley’s very real reaction to the overwhelming prospect of owning his own home, his own veterinary practice and being a married man all within a month of each other is refreshingly honest. As always, the Mitford regulars populate the background and radiate love and pride for the young couple. Father Tim is making no promises about not crying at the ceremony, Cynthia is cautioning her husband to not let his vestments go to his head, Olivia and Doc Harper are beaming with pride, and even Dooley’s siblings all make an appearance! There are even a few notable new cast members being introduced this time, no spoilers though. Escaping into the down home world of Mitford is always so relaxing. You really do get a chance to live the residents’ lives with them. Have some tissues at the ready, I cried just as hard during this ceremony as I did at my own sister’s earlier this year.