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Summary

Number one New York Times best-selling author Jan Karon returns with the 14th novel in the beloved Mitford series, featuring three generations of Kavanaghs.

After 12 years of wrestling with the conflicts of retirement, Father Tim Kavanagh realizes he doesn't need a steady job to prove himself. Then he's given one. As for what it proves, heaven only knows.

Millions of Karon fans will be thrilled that it's life as usual in the wildly popular Mitford series: A beloved town character lands a front-page obituary, but who was it, exactly, who died? And what about the former mayor, born the year Lindbergh landed in Paris, who's still running for office? All this, of course, is but a feather on the wind compared to Muse editor J. C. Hogan's desperate attempts to find a cure for his marital woes. Will it be high-def TV or his pork chop marinade?

In fiction, as in real life, there are no guarantees.

Twenty minutes from Mitford at Meadowgate Farm, newlyweds Dooley and Lace Kavanagh face a crisis that devastates their bank account and impacts their family vet practice. But there is still a lot to celebrate, as their adopted son, Jack, looks forward to the most important day of his life - with great cooking, country music, and lots of people who love him. Happily, it will also be a day when the terrible wound in Dooley's biological family begins to heal because of a game - let's just call it a miracle - that breaks all the rules.

In To Be Where You Are, Jan Karon weaves together the richly comic and compelling lives of two Kavanagh families and a cast of characters that listeners around the world now love like kin.

©2017 Jan Karon (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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  • Sara
  • 30-09-17

Only For The Strong And Persistent

I had such high expectations for this title and I stuck with almost 18 hours of listening doggedly hoping it would perk up. No such luck. This book floats over Mitford randomly dropping in on characters from past books. Sometimes it's just to tick the box on certain people and other times it is for a longer look at how they have fared with time.

For the most part this final entry in the series is for diehard Mitford fans that are feeling really hopeful and strong. Overall I thought it all felt unrealistic and dare I say it--even a bit depressed? I wish I had given this a pass. Disappointing.

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  • Laura Ann Strick
  • 23-04-18

Hard to follow

What disappointed you about To Be Where You Are?

i loved reading the early Mitford series. But found listening to this book hard to follow and the narrator poor.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jan Karon again?

If someone else narrated it

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His delivery was to fast and not right for the story

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  • Cindybw
  • 17-04-18

Another wonderful "Mitford" book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would absolutely recommend this to a friend...and I have many times. Jan Karon's books are, at the same time, uplifting, entertaining and an all-around fun listen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Father Tim, of course.

What about John McDonough’s performance did you like?

He is the perfect voice for Father Tim and everyone else. I end up forgetting that one person is voicing all the characters!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Miracles Abound!

Any additional comments?

Love, love this series by Jan Karon.

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  • Robyn Arrazola
  • 17-04-18

Another favorite from Mitford!

Mitford continues to be one of my favorite small towns. John McDonough’s narration brings the characters to life in an endearing way! Jan Karon does not disappoint.

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  • teresa
  • 13-04-18

Jan Caron never disappoints.

loved catching up with my Mitford friends. the narrator's voice was perfect for the story.

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  • Jill Brown
  • 25-03-18

Love it!!

Kept me interested from the beginning. The story made my heart swell with joy and conviction!

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  • Valerie S.
  • 25-03-18

Welcome back to Mitford!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have read the entire Mitford series and find this entry to be the most charming. The intertwining of the generations piques your interest leaves you wanting more in the end.

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  • Ann Wagoner
  • 16-03-18

Another satisfying visit to Mitford

I rally like his series and thought his was a good addition. Life moves on in Mitford, and it’s sometimes sad, sometimes funny. These characters are like old friends, and there’s a comforting factor to these stories. I like the narrator, too.

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  • liFer
  • 12-03-18

Father Tim continues to inspire

A very enjoyable continuation of the life of a Father Tim and Cynthia and the townsfolk of Mitford. I loved the ways the author gave us updates on the lives of characters we’ve met in other places during Father Tim’s travels. Only thing I didn’t enjoy was the frequent used of pronouns instead of names so one was always having to wait for a clue as to whom the author was discussing. There was way too much of that happening all through the book. John McDonough did a superb narration as usual.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-03-18

Absolutely love this series

Absolutely love this series. As soon as I was done with one book, I couldn’t wait to start the next book.