#Book Spotlight & #Giveaway: New #MitfordSeries #Novel, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by #JanKaron!

16 August 2014

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Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good

  • Author: Jan Karon
  • Release Date: September 2, 2014
  • Genre: Fiction, Religion & Spirituality
  • ISBN: 0399167447

In SOMEWHERE SAFE WITH SOMEBODY GOOD, Mitford’s engaging locals are back, from retired Episcopal priest Father Timothy Kavanagh and his intuitive wife Cynthia, to his loyal canine companion, Barnabas, and an eclectic mix of friends, neighbors and long-lost family. Now a few years into retirement, seventysomething Father Tim is feeling a bit unsettled, “trying to hammer out what retirement is for” while struggling with the realities of this new role. After a lifetime devoted to fixing things, he’s at loose ends and afraid he’s lost his passion. 
But thanks to his earnest, forward-thinking wife and the town’s colorful residents, he discovers that there is still much to be done in Mitford, even if his job status has changed. His adopted son Dooley needs guidance as he and his fiancĂ©e learn to live with the scars of the past and forge a new life together. Dooley’s younger brother Sammy, still angry over his mother’s abandonment, is one stumble away from disaster. And the uncertainty of taking the offer of another pulpit sends Father Tim in another direction entirely. Happy Endings bookstore owner Hope Murphy urgently needs the priest’s helping hands in her shop as well as his deepest prayers for a healthy, happy ending to a dangerous pregnancy. 
But above that, what each of them wants and needs is the very thing a wounded young Cynthia Kavanagh had yearned for years earlier: to be somewhere safe with somebody good. Her prayers were answered when a hard-working sixty-two-year bachelor priest proposed during a spectacular sunset.  Mitford’s residents ask for nothing less as they navigate life’s twists and turns, offering powerful lessons for us all.
Part love story, part calming character study, SOMEWHERE SAFE WITH SOMEBODY GOOD is an enchanting reminder of the shared values that hold communities together—if we open our hearts and embrace them.
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Praise for Jan Karon:

“Welcome home Mitford fans…to Karon’s gift for illuminating
the struggles that creep into everyday lives—along with a vividly imagined world.”
“Jan Karon reflects contemporary culture
more fully than almost any other living novelist.”
—Los Angeles Times
“The faster and more impersonal the world becomes,
the more we need…Mitford.”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer

Author Jan Karon
Jan Karon is the author of the bestselling series of nine Mitford novels featuring Father Timothy Kavanagh, an Episcopal priest, and the fictional village of Mitford. She is also the author of thirteen other books, including adult fiction, a cookbook and several books for children. She lives near Monticello, Virginia.
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It's Giveaway Time!

Penguin Group has graciously offered to give away THREE copies of Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good to three lucky readers. Each winner can choose either a print copy OR Digital copy of the book. Simply fill out the form below and be sure to answer the question in the comments section below. The more entries you complete, the better your chance of winning. Thank you to Penguin Group for providing the free copies and, as always, thank you to my readers! :)
Giveaway Rules:
  • Leave a comment answering this question: Have you read any books from the Mitford Series? Which is your favorite?
  • You must provide a valid email address (ie; abookloversretreat(at)yahoo(dot)com) for contact purposes only.
  • Giveaway ends at midnight on Saturday, August 23rd @ 11:59 pm. No purchase necessary.
    • Winners will be chosen through a Rafflecopter form and contacted by e-mail on Sunday, August 24th. Winners must respond within 48 hours of notification or another winner will be chosen.
    • The odds of winning are based solely on the number of entries received.
    • Due to shipping costs this giveaway is open to US residents ONLY.
    • All prizes are non-transferable.



      1. I have read all of the Mitford series and always like the newest/next one best...so, "Light from Heaven".

        patucker54 at aol dot com

      2. Good luck on winning this one, Patricia! Thanks for stopping by! :)

      3. I haven't read any of her books before. Would love to win them, I have heard they are very good! amylsmith at bledsoe dot net. I also entered the thirty one giveaway but did not put my email since I used in in the entry form Hope that was ok.

        1. Yes, that's fine Amy. I haven't read Jan's books either but this series sounds very good. Good luck & thanks for stopping by! :)

      4. Wanda, I've only read the first one so far, A Home in Mitford, but I loved it. This is a series that I just need to carve out the time to read, because I enjoy small-village settings. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

        1. I love small town settings too, Carole. That's something we have in common. I hope I can get to read this series some time. Thanks for stopping by! :)

      5. Love, love Jan Karon's books! She has such a wonderful writing style.

      6. I've read all of the Mitford books. My favorite is probably the first one.

        1. Well maybe you can add this one to your collection Sylvia! Good luck!

      7. Love this series, can't pick just one.

      8. I have read ALL the Mitford Series books 8 times each and all of Jan's other books as well. I LOVE these books. A favorite book? Oh gosh, I love them all and the first one had me hooked but I loved the wedding story and Shepherds abiding.
        Dawn Bedingfield

        1. Wow! Now that's dedication! Thanks so much for stopping by!

      9. Yes, I have read several of the Mitford books. It's been so long that I can't remember which is my favorite. Probably the 2nd or 3rd. They are all so cute!

        1. I keep hearing such great things about this series. I'm going to have to check it out for myself!

      10. I have enjoyed the whole series! Been waiting quite a while for this newest book... I think my favorite one, well that's hard to say. I enjoyed each and every one of them, I really likes Home to Holly Springs the first of the Father Time series.

        1. Waiting is always hard! Hopefully you'll add this new book to your collection. Thanks for stopping by!


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