Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon

It's been a while since I read one of Jan Karon's Mitford novels, but when I read the summary of her  latest,  Come Rain or Come Shine, I was eager to pick it up. Anyone who read the early books in the series will remember Dooley. He stole everyone's heart, from Father Tim Kavanagh's to Lacey Harper's and the readers'. Now, after all these years, Dooley is finishing vet school and getting married.

Dooley and Lacey want a small, simple country wedding, but in a community where everyone knows them, that's difficult. And, the schedule is formidable. First Dooley must graduate. Then, he's moving home, taking over the local veterinarian practice. Dooley's first bull for his small herd is arriving. The barn must be cleaned out, grass grown, food prepared. Lacey doesn't have a wedding dress. And, of course, there will be unexpected guests and surprises. A simple country wedding.

The writing style in Come Rain or Come Shine does not make it an easy book to read. It takes a little bit of time as Karon switches viewpoints from Father Tim to Lacey to Dooley without revealing who is speaking or thinking. Once the reader falls into the rhythm of the book and the storytelling, it flows through the days leading up to the wedding or the "Big Knot" as it's called.

Come Rain or Come Shine is a heartwarming, homespun story. Fans of the earlier books will be pleased to see the characters come together at the wedding. They'll rejoice with Dooley and Lacey on the joyous day. There's humor throughout the book, even during the wedding. But, there's also time for reflection and introspection for Father Tim, Dooley and Lacey.

Fans of the Mitford series will find themselves crying and laughing over the latest episodes in this beloved saga. Who knows whether this is the last in the series? It could end on this hopeful note, or there are characters whose stories could continue. No matter what, Come Rain or Come Shine is a triumphant culmination for a long-running, well-loved series.

Jan Karon's website is www.mitfordbooks.com

Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon. G.P. Putnam's Sons. 2015. ISBN 9780399167454 (hardcover), 287p.

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Margie Bunting said...

I just finished this the other day, Lesa, having read all of the books in the series. I agree that the style was a bit challenging, but oh, was it worth it! I don't know how Jan Karon can make me feel so wonderful with each of her books-- they are comfort food without the calories. I just didn't want it to end, and it really made me want to live my own life in a more spiritual way, slowing down and defining and savoring each emotion. I truly hope Karon continues with the Dooley and Lace story.

Kaye Barley said...

I so agree about it being a bit challenging to read, and agree also that it was well worth it. I was so happy to see that Ms.Karen had written this book and I just luxuriated in every page. Laughed AND cried and did it all again. A lovely, lovely read.

Lesa said...

She certainly could continue the series with Dooley and Lace. Wasn't it special, Margie? And, you're right. I hated to see it end, too.

Lesa said...

You're right, Kaye. Laughed and cried. Cried throughout most of the wedding. My cats thought I was nuts. It was emotional, and beautiful.