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Home to Holly Springs

The First of the Father Tim Novels

By Jan Karon

Home to Holly Springs
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2007,
    368 pages.

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Readers of the nine bestselling Mitford novels awaited the publication of each novel, relishing the story of the bookish and bighearted Episcopal priest and the extraordinary fullness of his seemingly ordinary life.

Now, Jan Karon enchants us with the story of the newly retired priest's spur-of-the-moment adventure. For the first time in decades, Father Tim returns to his birthplace, Holly Springs, Mississippi, in response to a mysterious, unsigned note saying simply: “Come home.” Little does he know how much these two words will change his life. A story of long-buried secrets, forgiveness, and the wonder of discovering new people, places, and depth of feeling, Home to Holly Springs will enthrall new readers and longtime fans alike.

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"Development of the quirky locals in Holly Springs is thin, and the end is a tad abrupt. Most frustratingly, the central drama of the novel falls flat .... Still, Mitford fans will enjoy this newest visit with wise, winsome, lovable Father Tim." - Publishers Weekly.

"The saga veers into magical theater as Karon (Cynthia Coppersmith's Violet Comes to Stay, 2006, etc.) ties up every loose end in Tim's past. But readers who miss Mitford's colorful eccentrics will be satisfied by Holly Springs's ample supply of quirky characters." - Kirkus Reviews.

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Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by J. Leland
This is a good one
Holly Springs IS my home town, as it must be for all who read the book. We were all there once, then we left the place and entered another world leaving behind the true grit our lives.

I think at some time we all would like to return to seek out what shaped us later on. "Home to Holly Sprins" allows the reader the opportunity to do that.

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Jan Karon Author Biography

Jan Karon was born in Lenoir, North Carolina, in 1937 ("A great year for the Packard automobile," she says). Her creative skills first came alive when her family moved to a farm. "On the farm there is time to muse and dream," she says. "I am endlessly grateful I was reared in the country. As a young girl I couldn't wait to get off that farm, to go to Hollywood or New York. But living in those confined, bucolic circumstances was one of the best things that ever happened to me."

Jan knew that she wanted to be a writer, and even wrote a novel at the age of ten. Her first real opportunity as a writer came at age eighteen when she took a job as a receptionist at an ad agency. She kept leaving her writing on her boss's desk until he noticed her ability. Soon she was launched on...

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