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Let me start by saying up front that I am not a fan of romance stories and/or books about big wedding craziness so I was wary of this book. What's more I was not wild about book #10 in the series (see my review from last year for more about that if you are interested) so I almost didn't try this book.
I confess I even went back and reread #10--Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good--giving it a second chance. I thought I might have gotten it all wrong. As Karon herself says in that book--we can never read the same book twice because we change and see things differently with each reading. After the reread I'm afraid I still stand by what I said in my review--that book just wasn't my favorite.
However, all that said, Come Rain or Come Shine is a total gem! I am really glad that I didn't skip this entry in the series. This book is a wonderful return to the style and tone of earlier, beloved books in the Mitford collection. John McDonough's narration was excellent, restrained and subtle. Cynthia and Fr Tim often joke and refer to themselves as "book ends"--well to me--Come Rain or Come Shine is a perfect "book end" for the first book in the series--At Home In Mitford.
I won't say another word because I don't want to spoil the story. Just know I thought it was perfection. I just loved it.
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The story about Dooley's and Lace's wedding had all of the hallmarks of the previous Father Tim books. She continued to develop the main characters and many of the supporting cast as well. All of the family story lines are still there and there's room for more.
Fortunately the narrator is still John McDonagh, Who fits the role precisely. Perhaps that's because he created that role in the audio form.
The story is well done and leaves the door open for future developments. I hope Jan Karon decides to continue the series. If she does not, I might be tempted to start the series over at some point. There's never any real tension or high drama action in any of the books, but they're such a pleasant, diversionary read that they're worth the time, especially in audio form.
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