Nov 28, 2010
In the Company of Others by Jan Karon
Visit the author's website and read the first chapter of In the Company of Others at http://www.mitfordbooks.com/
This is the first book I have read by Jan Karon, and I wish I had started with the first book in the Father Tim series. I got the feeling that I missed a lot by delving into this one first, without knowing the history of Mitford and Father Tim. I especially want to find out more about Father Tim and how he decided to marry for the first time at the age of 60 plus.
This story is about Father Tim and Cynthia's long-awaited vacation in Ireland, and it is filled with rich history and special relationships with both new and old friends. Yet I felt disappointed that I didn't know what these people were like when they were at home. I think I need to locate an earlier book and start over to get the full benefit of this story.
I have read some reviews where readers have found this book boring or disappointing, but I don't agree. I wasn't bored with the story, but maybe a bit frustrated at times that I didn't know what had happened earlier. This book should not be read as a stand-alone novel, but would be best read in the proper sequence.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of In the Company of Others from Penguin Group (Canada) in exchange for my honest review.
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