Come Rain or Come Shine

Title: Come Rain or Come Shine
Author: Jan Karon
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
ISBN: 978-0-399-167454

“You and Dooley are handling these life changes with great courage and humor. The farm, the cattle, the graduation, the wedding, the new clinic – all at once,” Lace is reminded in Jan Karon’s novel, Come Rain or Come Shine.

Twelfth in the Mitford series, this three hundred and four page paperback targets those who enjoy contemporary romantic fiction. With no profanity or overtly sexual scenes, topics of adoption and alcohol use may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. Some readers may notice the single quotation marks in this advance reader copy.

In this continuing saga set in the fictitious town of Mitford, Father Tim Kavanagh’s adopted son, Dooley, is engaged to be married to Lace Harper at the Meadowgate Farm in Farmer, North Carolina. With Dooley graduating from veterinary school and taking over a nearby animal clinic, he has his hands full with the new business, getting a huge bull named Choo-Choo for the farm, helping Lace plan the wedding, and waiting excitedly for special news that will change the newlyweds’ lives.

While Lace adapts to farm life and sells paintings she creates upstairs at the farmhouse, she arduously looks for the perfect-but-reasonably-priced wedding dress and gift for her husband as they plan a potluck wedding, complete with Father Tim’s officiating, a canine professional, music by the Ham Biscuits, hand-carved wedding favors, and porch dancing.

Through the daily struggles and joys of organizing and solving both prenuptial and other issues, the couple with too many commitments further complicate life when their secret is unveiled. As a small town that knows everyone’s business, not only the ordinary lives of the townsfolk are written, but added are comic inserts of lost teeth, dating a hoofer, and dealing with a farm full of animals before the “Big Knot” day.

Not having read any prior books in the series, this reader often had to reread dialogues, wishing there was a list of the twenty-plus characters that flowed in and out of the scenes that peaked at a marriage of two individuals who had to grow, change, and learn to adapt to life.

The author of the best-selling Mitford series, Karon has written a dozen novels, several nonfiction books including a cookbook, and a few children’s books. Having won an ABBY Honor Award, she lives in Virginia.

Thanks to G.P. Putman’s Sons for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.

This review will be posted on DeeperShopping and Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.

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