Like millions of other readers, I fell in love with the fictional town of Mitford and the delightful protagonist, Father Timothy Kavanagh in Jan Karon’s incredible nine book series. When the author announced Light From Heaven would be the finale, I was heartbroken. But I understood. Perhaps she’d written all she could about this delightful cast of characters. Maybe she had other avenues or creative outlets she wanted to pursue. I was grateful for the stories she’d blessed us with and savored every last word of that ninth novel.
Then last month, I heard rumblings of a new Mitford novel. I consulted the all-knowing internet and found this article. A cover reveal, an excerpt and a statement from the author, Jan Karon. I love that she responded to her readers’ requests for more Mitford stories. The reference to Agatha Christie’s disdain for one of her prolific characters threw me for a loop. As a new writer eager for opportunities to share my stories, I can’t imagine being on the other end of the spectrum and pouring so much of my creative energy into a character I didn’t care for.
But I’m getting off track. Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good has already captured my attention and I can’t wait to read it in September. I’m thrilled that Jan Karon has more Father Tim and Cynthia stories to share with us. I doubt you read my blog, Jan Karon, but on behalf of your bazillion fans, let me extend a heartfelt “thank you” for letting us revisit Mitford and this precious cast of characters we’ve grown to know and love.
Which new release are you eagerly anticipating?
I’m linking up with Breaking the Spine and her weekly Waiting on Wednesday post. Check out this vast list of suggestions to add to your TBR pile.