In the Company of Others: Book summary and reviews of In the Company of Others by Jan Karon

In the Company of Others

A Father Tim Novel

by Jan Karon

In the Company of Others
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2010
    416 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Jan Karon's new series, launched with her New York Times bestselling Home to Holly Springs. In this second novel, Father Tim and Cynthia arrive in the west of Ireland, intent on researching his Kavanagh ancestry from the comfort of a charming fishing lodge. The charm, however, is broken entirely when Cynthia startles a burglar and sprains her already-injured ankle. Then a cherished and valuable painting is stolen from the lodge owners, and Cynthia's pain pales in comparison to the wound at the center of this bitterly estranged Irish family.

In the Company of Others is a moving testament to the desperate struggle to hide the truth at any cost and the powerful need to confess. Of all her winning novels, Jan Karon says this "dark-haired child" is her favorite - a sentiment readers everywhere are certain to share.

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"Though it's not the ideal entry point to the expansive world of Father Tim, fans will relish this new chapter in his life." - Publishers Weekly

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Cookie G.

IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS
I have read all of the Jan Karon books but I found In The Company of Others--too many characters, names too hard to pronounce and not enough Tim and Cynthia. I am now re-reading Home to Holly Springs and love it more the second time around.

darlena

doesn't come close to the Mitford series
The other reviewers said it very well; too wordy, difficult to understand and, most of all, I missed Cynthia, who was (out with a broken leg - why? Pleeaasse, - write a different series! How about one where the protagonists are Dooly and Lace?

H. Smith

Not up to former quality
I love all her books but this one. I re-read all of them every couple of years and thoroughly enjoy them and are blessed by them. This particular one was not of that caliber and I have never re-read it. Actually, I loaned it to a friend who had them same impression as I did. I told her to keep it or else pass it on. I await the next Karon book with high expectations that it will be a return to the blessing that the previous ones have been.

Molly M.

"In The Company Of Others"
Having read all of the Jan Karon books, and loving every one of them, I anxiously awaited "In The Company Of Others". I have never been so disappointed as I was in this book. It is hard to follow and understand. Maybe if you had lived in Ireland for some time it might be easier. It is dull and full of pointless drivel. It was an absolute chore to finish the book, because most of the time I was completely lost as to what was going on. I do not recommend this book. I certainly hope the third of the series is back at home in America and written in the Jan Karon style that we all know and love.

Marlene H.

In The Company of Others
I do not recommend this book. The first few chapters are typical Jan Karon humor and writing. Then it goes downhill fast. Full of drivel, confusing characters, slow moving, and lack luster. Three of my friends also read it and came to the same conclusion. A waste of time and money. Not the Jan Karon writing we are used to and love.

Penny Miller

Very Disappointed
Dear goodness, I thought it would never end...especially the parts about the old journal. The dialect is hard to read and the characters even harder to get close to. I've loved every other Jan Karon book and hope she was just being self indulgent on this one...maybe the next one will be written in her old style.

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Jan Karon Author Biography

Jan Karon was born in Lenoir, North Carolina, in 1937. Her creative skills first came alive when her family moved to a farm. 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 a forty-year career in advertising. She won assignments in New York and San Francisco, numerous awards, and finally an executive position with a national agency.

Jan went on to have a highly successful career in the field, winning awards for ad agencies from Charlotte to San Francisco. In time, she became a creative vice president at the high-profile McKinney & Silver. ...

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