Come Rain Or Come Shine | Review

Over the course of ten Mitford novels, fans have kept a special place in their hearts for Dooley Kavanagh, first seen in At Home in Mitford as a barefoot, freckle-faced boy in filthy overalls.

Now, Father Tim Kavanagh’s adopted son has graduated from vet school and opened his own animal clinic. Since money will be tight for a while, maybe he and Lace Harper, his once and future soul mate, should keep their wedding simple.

So the plan is to eliminate the cost of catering and do potluck. Ought to be fun.

An old friend offers to bring his well-known country band. Gratis.

And once mucked out, the barn works as a perfect venue for seating family and friends.

Piece of cake, right?
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It's good read about Mitford again, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Thanks to Putnam, I won an ARC of this book, and devoured it in under twenty-four hours.

As the summary noted, this is story is about the wedding Lace and Dooley, characters who grew up throughout the Mitford series. Most of it takes place during the month leading up to the wedding. Jan Karon has a gift for writing about everyday life in a way that resonates. Her characters are normal, imperfect people. But her depiction of that is striking, memorable, and altogether relatable.

What I love about this book (all of Karon's books, actually) is the redemption that comes out of challenging, imperfect and sometimes heartbreaking situations. I love the way Karon doesn't try to tell us these characters lead perfect, sunny and blissful lives. Everybody in Mitford is dealing with something, diabetes, long lasting effects of an abusive home, demanding jobs, and so on. But in spite of that, these characters still recognize the good in life. They still trust God to bring some redemption and hope into their lives.

And somehow, Karon pulls this off without sounding cheesy or trite. Altogether, Come Rain Or Come Shine is a beautiful book with themes of redemption and hope woven around the craziness of wedding planning, the start of a new life family, and a new life.

If you've read the previous Mitford books, then you'll love this one. And if you haven't tried the Mitford series, you should!


Have you read any of the Mitford novels? What did you think? What's your favorite book in which a wedding is being planned?


  1. We just got some Karon books at the bookstore I work at, I actually put them on the shelves this morning! I shall look into this...great review! Have a wonderful weekend, Candice!!

    1. They are really enjoyable books! I'd love to know what you think of them. :) Thanks, I hope you have a great weekend, too!


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