(Book review) To be where you are

Reviewed by: Ceil Carey, retired librarian and long time book discussion leader



Title: To be where you are

Author: Jan Karon

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Publication Date: 2017

Format: Hard cover book

Length: 447 pages


Jan Karon’s fiction is wonderfully written. This book, as her other Mitford Novels, is organized into short vignettes or scenarios about a wide variety of characters, from the main ones of Father Tim, his wife Cynthia, son Dooley, his wife Lacey and their son Jack to a host of others, in some books taking on minor roles, in some major ones. But all are of Mitford, a place everyone seems to love and long for. Also mimicking her other books, there are many loose ends during the course of the narrative but most, if not all, are tied together neatly at the end.

If you have not read the other Mitford stories, this reviewer would suggest you do so before tackling To be where you are. The large amount of characters is difficult at times to keep track of for even those who have read all the books. Without that leg up, it might be tough to follow the lovely story of this small town and those who live there.


Rating (1 to 5)


Suggested Audience

Fiction fans, Jan Karon fans, contemporary fiction fans

Christian Impact

Karon always covers many topics for Christians but particularly forgiveness and trust in the Lord and His plan for you. The reader will feel lifted up and inspired by this work.


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