Monday, February 16, 2015

Jan Karon's latest book

I received Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, Jan Karon's latest book, for Christmas. The book resumed the Mitford series and we get to check in on all our favorite characters: Father Tim, Cynthia, Esther Bollick, Dooley, Hope Murphy, Louella and more. On the cold evenings of January, it was a delightful read and I was pleasantly satisfied when finished. New folks were added, mysteries solved and relationships grown.

Some of my favorite quotes:

"You love him, I can see it."
"More than anything."
That alone should be enough, he thought, but of course it never is. Courage has to come in there somewhere, and perseverance and forbearance and patience and all the rest. A job of work, as Uncle Billy would say it, but worth it and then some. (p. 337)

I often wish loving my spouse were easy, but if it were easy, I don't think I would cherish the relationship as much as I do now.  It takes work, but I agree with Uncle Billy, it's worth it!

"Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it...." (p. 339)

Ha! I guess if I died reading Somewhere Safe...I would have looked good. Food for thought about what we leave behind (thinking of those journals that contain more griping that goodness.)

"Sleep in peace, God is awake." (p. 377)

So true! Why don't we remember that He doesn't take a break, forget or not care?

He's got it under control.


"We are all fixing what is broken. It is the task of a lifetime." (p. 421)

Amen! Thank goodness, as believer's in Christ, the "fix" is not ours. He does the work; we do the cooperating.

If you've enjoyed the Mitford series, light fiction books, you will enjoy the latest addition. If you haven't read any of the books, start from the beginning. You'll make some NC hill-country friends you'll wish were real.

You can see what I've read on the "Books Read in 2015" page at the top of my blog. You may find something that interests you.

Have you read any good books yet in 2015?