It almost felt like coming home. Well, at least "home to Mitford." It had been a long time,
so reading Jan Karon's new book (Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good)
felt like catching up on old friends (characters) in a small town
we'd come to love years ago. There had been a break in Karon's books about Father Tim,
his wife Cynthia and the town of Mitford, but when we heard a new book
was coming, we knew we would do that for our book club.
Maybe we love it because Mitford is based on a little mountain town
(not quite fictional) in our state. Or maybe we love it because there is the enticement
of community that draws us in, townspeople caring about each other.
Anyway we found ourselves gathered around a beautiful late fall table for a
breakfast feast. Our hostess thought of every detail to bring appreciation
and delight as we ate, drank tea, and talked about the book.
Father Tim's favorite raisins, a map of Mitford, little take-home boxes of candy treats . . .
For those that know Mitford, yes that is Esther's orange marmalade cake.
We always like sharing quotes from her books and this is full of wonderful ones.
We talked about how Father Tim and Cynthia wrote each other love notes.
"Love letters are hard," Father Tim says. To which his wife replies,
"But that's what makes them good."
"No matter how far we travel, the memories will
follow in the baggage car."
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