I am a fan. I hope not a crazy one, but I do have favorite celebrities that I follow and admire. As often as not, they are authors, not actors (though I have my preferences in that category, too).
Jan Karon is at the tippy top of my list. She began writing her Mitford novels later in life, and it shows – they run over with her wisdom, humor, and pain.
I thought she had wrapped up the stories, but miracles do still happen and Ms. Karon began to write again in 2014 (Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good).
For you Mitford fans out there, you will understand the great joy I experienced knowing that I would finally learn what happened to Dooley and Lacy. They deserve their own story and so, it was with intense delight, that I breezed through the most recent Mitford novel, published in 2015, entitled Come Rain or Come Shine in which they are the key characters. Good old Father Tim is still front and center, like a well-loved grandfather. Cynthia still sparkles, but Dooley and Lacey “take the cake”.
I offer no plot description. I can’t breathe a word more in case I would spoil it for you. Just read it. Catch up with the series first, of course. I order you to do so.
Summer is coming and these books are perfectly designed for the open reading venues of beaches, hammocks, and lakeside docks.
Karon’s Mitford novels also got me through some hard times. I have inhaled five in a row this Spring after a complicated surgery and a long rehabilitation. They are the best medicine I know for sorrow, disillusionment, or illness.
Enjoy! Happy Reading!