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Review: Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good

October 2, 2014

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good

I’ve long been a fan of Jan Karon’s Mitford series.  It’s a charming, character-driven series set in an idyllic town in the North Carolina mountains and it never fails to make me feel good.  After a long hiatus, Karon is back with Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, the tenth book in the series.

Retired priest Father Tim and his wife Cynthia have returned to Mitford after several years.  Father Tim is restless and grumpy and he’s not sure why.  He needs to find a way to connect to people but turns down the opportunity to fill a vacancy at the local church.  As usual, he steps in to help when and where he sees the need in his community.

There are a lot of secondary characters and subplots in this book but, as usual, Karon does a wonderful job of weaving them together.  I was thrilled to revisit these old characters – they’re far from perfect and feel very human so they’re like old friends.  I found this book (and the rest of the series) quiet and comforting.

I thought Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good was delightful.  I loved being back with the people of Mitford – it’s pastoral and endearing and makes me long for simpler times.  This book can stand alone but I think those familiar with Mitford and its characters will enjoy it more.  In fact, if you’ve enjoyed this series in the past, this is a must read!

Review copy provided by Penguin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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22 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2014 7:31 am

    I like your review especially the pastoral bit.

  2. October 2, 2014 8:21 am

    I’m so glad this can stand alone. I just checked Goodreads to see how far I’d read in the series – #7. I think I’ll jump ahead to this book. Can’t wait to see what’s new in Mitford 🙂

  3. October 2, 2014 9:12 am

    I have never read a Jan Karon book, but I know they are very popular!

  4. ondbookshelf permalink
    October 2, 2014 9:13 am

    I am looking forward to reading this. I got to see Jan Karon at a book event recently, and she talked about all her readers wanting the story to go back to Mitford (her last two in the series had Father Tim away in, I believe, Ireland?). It’ll be nice to have the familiar back.

  5. October 2, 2014 9:25 am

    My mom and I devoured all the Mitford books years ago… am sure we’d both enjoy this one!

  6. October 2, 2014 10:01 am

    How have I missed this series? It sounds like the kind of “idyllic town” with wonderful characters that I love. I’m going to have to check this out! Thanks…

  7. October 2, 2014 10:28 am

    I definitely want to read this one! I think I will find the first one and see if I enjoy it though, before I jump all the way to this one since they are interconnected. Thanks for reminding me, Sometimes these type of books are “just what the doctor ordered” for mood-boosting!

  8. October 2, 2014 10:51 am

    The subject caught my attention Dear, thanks for sharing. On my list!

  9. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 2, 2014 11:14 am

    I haven’t read a Jan Karon book in eons and will add this to my list. Thanks for the heads-up, Kathy.

  10. October 2, 2014 11:25 am

    I was wondering how her latest book would be – so glad to hear Karon’s back!

  11. October 2, 2014 4:49 pm

    I don’t remember seeing this series before (I’m sure I have though). I think I’d like to get the whole set and start at book #1. I love Christian fiction!

  12. October 2, 2014 9:05 pm

    I have been craving some fun delightful and cozy book, and this sounds like just the book for me!

  13. Patty permalink
    October 2, 2014 10:09 pm

    I loved that series, too, and read them with my mom…but I haven’t thought about them in a long time and I wasn’t sure about this one…so…thank you for making me want to read it!

  14. October 3, 2014 7:51 am

    I’ve heard a lot about this series, but never read it. I’m from Virginia, so would love the NC setting!

  15. October 3, 2014 10:04 am

    I have this one waiting on me and I look forward to reading it. I have not read a Mitford book in many years!

  16. October 3, 2014 11:20 am

    This book had caught my eye, and then I found out it was #10 in a series. It’s good to know this may be read as a stand alone though. Quiet and comforting does sound nice once in awhile!

  17. Beth F permalink
    October 4, 2014 6:45 am

    I listened to the first few on audio years ago and enjoyed them.

  18. October 4, 2014 2:06 pm

    It’s been ages since I read this series and while I didn’t love the later books as much as the first ones, I’m eager to give this one a read. I loved Fr. Tim, Cynthia and Dooley!

  19. October 6, 2014 7:21 pm

    I was so excited to hear that she was writing another Mitford book! I want to reread the series before I read it – I think that will be a 2015 project.

  20. October 8, 2014 2:30 pm

    I’m so glad to hear you like this one, Kathy. I wondered, after so many years if the author could still bring back the magic. You convinced me to read it.

  21. bookingmama permalink
    October 14, 2014 7:59 am

    I used to love these books. Hard to believe she’s written 10 of them!

  22. November 7, 2014 12:23 pm

    There are still people out there who need to know about the Mitford books! I literally kissed the book cover of Somewhere with Somebody Good as I carried it down the hallway to start reading it. I think I am a little nuts!

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