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If you are already a fan of these books and are familiar with all the people of Mitford then you will probably need a box of tissues to hand when reading this one I certainly did They were happy tears of course not sad ones because this is all about the wedding of Dooley and Lacey and it is just delightful If you are not already familiar with the earlier books then this one is not a place to start Just about every character Jan Karon has ever introduced pops up here somewhere and she also jumps her POV from one character to another with no warning I had to reread bits every now and then to work out who was speaking Still giving it five stars though I loved it www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.comI have always loved the Mitford series I loved reading them years and years ago, but I liked listening to the first ones on tape, yes tape, because Jan Karon herself actually narrated them And she read them good, but of course she is the author and knows how each person should sound In this book Dooley is graduating vet school, taking on Hal s vet and farm, and getting married I remember when he was just a hooligan of a kid trying to make it through the days as his home life was not that good He was a spitfire, but Father Tim took him on And now look at him Wow, time surely flies, even in the book world The story is so sweet with all the characters coming to the farm to help Dooley and Lace get ready for the wedding Lace and Dooley used to butt heads all of the time growing up because she had troubles too And now they are getting married, there are some other surprises that happen but I don t want to spoil it Not only did Dooley take on the vet and farm, which is where they live as well, Dooley bought a bull named Choo Choo for his cattle he s taking on I got a good laugh out of ole Choo Choo through out he book He made a surprise appearance at the wedding, that was at the farm anyway, and brought some of his lady friends LOL The only one that could actually pet him was Lace, she said she understood him, he would eat from her hand It s just a male thing I think Anyway, the story was beautiful and I m glad I got to take a step back to a kinder place for a bit I also love the cover of the book I would like to thank NETGALLEY and PENGUIN GROUP PUTNAM for an ARC of this book for my honest review. I once prayed, Lord, please let Jan Karon live long enough to get Dooley and Lace married The answer to that prayer was a whelming flood I started crying on page 32 and sniffed and sobbed my way punctuated by laughs to the final page Redemption, benediction, healing, holy amazement, connection Reading this brings the satisfaction of resolution, the two bits after the shave and a haircut.Weddings are my thing Joyful solemnity, giving, sharing, joining, celebrating, laughing, crying, hugging, singing, dancing, rejoicing, thanksgiving I love a good wedding and I ve been to a few profoundly remarkable ones.The focus of Come Rain or Come Shine is on the month before and the day of The Big Knot Dooley and Lace want a small, intimate ceremony at Meadowgate Farm Karon enjoys poking fun at the myth of a simple country wedding There are obstacles and annoyances There are secrets and surprises There is the unrelenting pressure of diminishing time to get the place wedding ready.The main character is Lace Harper Her journals reveal her heart, her hopes, her fears, her loves She wants to find a wedding dress for under 100 she is thankful for the callouses which document her hard work She wants to get it this whole starting a new family right I appreciated the ways Dooley and Lace honor the memory of Sadie Baxter benefactor and Russell Jacks Dooley s grandpa in their wedding Fun stuff there is a Pinterest page for Lace Harper s wedding Jan Karon and Wendell Berry are both skilled at portraying a community where giving, helping, and reciprocating are the norm In their novels they don t cover up the hurts, the anger, the tensions, the troubles Weddings can be awkward with family drama Karon handles the presence of Dooley s birth mom, Pauline Leeper, in the same room as his siblings with utmost care There is no easy resolution, no instant reconciliation, just baby steps, tiny beginnings towards the on ramp to healing.I connected with this book in many ways This summer we went to a small, simple country wedding in a pasture My son and daughter in law have a wind storm and fallen trees in their wedding story, too I know what it is to be gob smacked by blessings, reduced to silent tears of joy Live music is the best for dancing the night away I love the song in the title.Somewhere Safe with Someone Good and Come Rain or Come Shine are Jan Karon s best work I can hope there will be , but if not, Come Rain or Come Shine is a fitting culmination of the Mitford books. I ve read all of the books in the Miford and Father Tim series, and I ve been looking forward to Lace and Dooley s wedding Not surprisingly, I read Come Rain or Come Shine pretty much in two big gulps Although I enjoyed it, I also found it somewhat vexing, hence my three star rating Part of my frustration was with the exceedingly sparse writing style much of the book was written as a few moments of time inside one character or another s head When you re in your own head, of course, you don t introduce yourself by name and neither did CROCS, leaving the reader to figure out which character they were following on any given page Sometimes it was obvious, other times it was not Some aspects of the story line were glossed over too, even after a lot of build up For example, the readers were not really given enough detail to picture Lace s wedding gift to Dooley, or her dress and this reader would have loved to be there when Lace first saw her dress CROCS also relies on the reader to fill in the back story for many of the characters and story lines I m not sure that two of the major story arcs, and particularly the arc involving Pauline Leeper, would be very meaningful for readers who haven t read the earlier books I won t mention the other arc as it would be a spoiler, except to say that I am glad I had read Home To Holly Springs before reading CROCS Without that background, I would have missed out on the beauty of that second arc In CROCS the focus also shifts from Father Tim to Lace and Dooley, with Lace providing much of the inner narrative, largely through peeks into her journal It reads as if Father Tim and Cynthia have settled into a comfortable spot in their lives in which there are nobig decisions to be made or conflicts to be dealt with I suppose that s a good thing, and probably natural, since they are now in their 70 s I m curious to see whether the next book continues this focus on the next generation In the end, CROCS is not so much the story of a wedding although we readers do get to participate in the wedding as it is a story of lives changing in preparation for, and because of, the wedding I am glad to see Lace and Dooley finally married I hope future Mitford books will let us know what is going on with them on the farm as well as what s going on with Father Tim and Cynthia, and the other romances sparked or hinted at in this book But mostly, I hope the next Mitford book will be a bit easier on the readers This was an okay book for me It was a little too spiritual for me, but the story, I think, was good.My main complaint about the whole thing was the fact that the author would start a paragraph or a chapter and say he or she There were about a dozen or so characters in this story I had no idea which he or she it was Or it would be Reverend There were two Reverends It was pretty frustrating At one point in the book the groom had two sets of parents there Then it would be mom or dad, which one Say a name I obviously became VERY frustrated and because of that did not really enjoy the book as much as one typically could I would be reading, having absolutely no idea who I was reading about, unless the author decided to give me some type of clue in the following paragraphs I gave this 2.5 stars, because what I did get out of the book was a touching story although I am pretty sure I missed most of it because of skipping the parts that I didn t know who it was about And that surprises me because I know this author has written several other books I m not sure if its the editing or what, but as this was my first by her, I was not impressed.Thanks Penguin Putnam Group and Net Galley for this free e galley in exchange for an honest review. I am an avid reader of Ms Karon s novels As a matter of fact, in the past six months I have read and re read the entire series at least 4 times while waiting not so patiently for the release of Come Rain or Come Shine There is a reason for this I have had a very stressful year and I find visits to Mitford very relaxing Every character in this series is complete there isn t a one dimensional body in the bunch Even the nodding acquaintances have a unique and full place in Ms Karon s stories These books make the perfect escape I love them dearly Reading these novels makes me feel like I m going home.But, her writing is also a joy to read Her descriptions are unique and folksy, and fit perfectly with each scene and character She weaves minor story lines through the major plot so well that, like a braided rope, the main story line is stronger, better, because it is the sum of all its parts.Which leads me to wonder, did Ms Karon really write Come Rain or Come Shine Although I loved attending the wedding, from the very first page I could not shake the feeling that this was not typical Jan Karon writing Perhaps it is the transition from Father Tim to Lace and Dooley as the main characters, changing the voice of the narrative, that bothered me It just seemed to me that the story was superficial, the characters flat this book seems to skim the surface of the characters emotions For example in the previous books, the story of Pauline s apology would have been muchimportant, givenroom to breathe,of a lead up Here, it seemed weak and watered down It wasn t given enough space for the reader to really connect, to feel Pauline s struggle, or Sammy s struggle A number of stories hinted at here were nothingthan a tease In the earlier books, the subplots would have been fully realized, satisfying Here, I was left wanting .And Lace There is little remnant there of the girl she used to be I was waiting for an outburst of Creek speak from her, something to let us know that she is still Lace Or some other connection to her past life Although her history is talked about, it is only that, talked about There is little evidence of the Lace that we love Yes, she has grown into a wonderful woman, and she talks a lot about her change and growth, but we would have seenof this if it had been written as the earlier novels were.Father Tim s voice was missing He was there, inserted just enough times to perhaps convince the reader he was still there, but he and Cynthia were side stories I know it is time for him to move on, I know it is time for Dooley and Lace to take over But Father Tim is not dead yet I know that because of time we are all getting older the story needs to be passed to Dooley and Lace But I feel cheated There are 8 years unaccounted for in this novel Sammy s story, Father Brad s story, Coot Oh, and Barnabas Heartbreaking that we were not there with Father Tim at Barnabas s passing and Barnabas gets such backhanded treatment.I wonder if the publisher coerced Ms Karon to jump ahead to Dooley and Lace s story in order to cultivate a new, a younger, audience That s what it feels like to this reader If that s the case, then Ms Karon s long time readers have been summarily dismissed, along with many of the residents of Mitford.But we can t go back now, we can only move forward.This isn t a Mitford Novel It is a Meadowgate Novel The writing is weaker, lacking the beautiful literary devices that Ms Karon usually wields so deftly, and the plot lacks the depth of the previous novels.I enjoyed being at the wedding, but I felt like a distant relation instead of part of the family.If you love Mitford, you will love this novel anyway And that s okay It is worth the read But it isn t typical Jan Karon. I have a confession I was never a big reader, until I read Jan Karon s first novel in her Mitford series After that, you could say, I was hooked I found a love for reading while I emersed myself in her characters and their daily lives In Karon s latest book, ComeRain or Come Shine, I eagerly wanted to devour it and yell from the rooftops that I loved it, but, for much of the novel, I spent my time feelingdisappointed than pleased Several reviews have pointed out the lack of fluidity between characters point of views, or how many readers would not understand the depth of meaning, as certain scenes took place, unless you had read the previous novels Although I don t feel giddy happy after reading this novel and even though I too, found the writing style to be lacking in some ways, every so often a glimpse or feeling from the previous books would pop out and make me smile and keep me turning the pages Many strings were tied up with this novel and it truly was a warm and cozy read I think I just missed the old characters and the story being focused on Father Tim Now that I have turned the last page though, I am very happy I read it. New York Times Bestselling Author Jan Karon Returns With The Story Readers Have Been Waiting For Over The Course Of Ten Mitford Novels, Fans Have Kept A Special Place In Their Hearts For Dooley Kavanagh, First Seen In At Home In Mitford As A Barefoot, Freckle Faced Boy In Filthy Overalls Now, Father Tim Kavanagh S Adopted Son Has Graduated From Vet School And Opened His Own Animal Clinic Since Money Will Be Tight For A While, Maybe He And Lace Harper, His Once And Future Soul Mate, Should Keep Their Wedding Simple So The Plan Is To Eliminate The Cost Of Catering And Do Potluck Ought To Be Fun An Old Friend Offers To Bring His Well Known Country Band Gratis And Once Mucked Out, The Barn Works As A Perfect Venue For Seating Family And Friends Piece Of Cake, Right In Come Rain Or Come Shine, Jan Karon Delivers The Wedding That Millions Of Mitford Fans Have Waited For It S A June Day In The Mountains, With Than A Few Creatures Great And Small, And You Re Invited Because You Re Family By The Way, It S A Pretty Casual Affair, So Come As You Are And Remember To Bring A Tissue Or Two After All, What S A Good Wedding Without A Good Cry I m always happy to venture back to Jan Karon s bestselling Mitford series where Father Tim Kavananah and his wife Cynthia set about keeping the peace in this small well imagined Southern town of colorful and well loved characters This is book 13 and everyone s here, reunited to celebrate the long awaited marriage of Dooley and Lace both of whom we ve watched grow up at Meadowgate Farm This is not a great literary work but as always Karon s books are something like comfort food for those of us who long for a kinder ,gentle life , where the biggest problem of the day may be how to resist Ester Bollick s famously delicious Orange Marmalade cake or if too many folks will decide to bring deviled eggs to the potluck 3.5 stars An unfair rating actually because of my own foolish choice when I haven t read any of the Mitford series and was totally lost although I did finish it I have read the first of the Father Tim series and thought this was the second one in that series wrong If you are already a fan of these books and are familiar with all the people of Mitford then you will probably need a box of tissues to hand when reading this one I certainly did They were happy tears of course not sad ones because this is all about the wedding of Dooley and Lacey and it is just delightful If you are not already familiar with the earlier books then this one is not a place to start Just about every character Jan Karon has ever introduced pops up here somewhere and she also jumps her POV from one character to another with no warning I had to reread bits every now and then to work out who was speaking Still giving it five stars though I loved it www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.comI have always loved the Mitford series I loved reading them years and years ago, but I liked listening to the first ones on tape, yes tape, because Jan Karon herself actually narrated them And she read them good, but of course she is the author and knows how each person should sound In this book Dooley is graduating vet school, taking on Hal s vet and farm, and getting married I remember when he was just a hooligan of a kid trying to make it through the days as his home life was not that good He was a spitfire, but Father Tim took him on And now look at him Wow, time surely flies, even in the book world The story is so sweet with all the characters coming to the farm to help Dooley and Lace get ready for the wedding Lace and Dooley used to butt heads all of the time growing up because she had troubles too And now they are getting married, there are some other surprises that happen but I don t want to spoil it Not only did Dooley take on the vet and farm, which is where they live as well, Dooley bought a bull named Choo Choo for his cattle he s taking on I got a good laugh out of ole Choo Choo through out he book He made a surprise appearance at the wedding, that was at the farm anyway, and brought some of his lady friends LOL The only one that could actually pet him was Lace, she said she understood him, he would eat from her hand It s just a male thing I think Anyway, the story was beautiful and I m glad I got to take a step back to a kinder place for a bit I also love the cover of the book I would like to thank NETGALLEY and PENGUIN GROUP PUTNAM for an ARC of this book for my honest review. I once prayed, Lord, please let Jan Karon live long enough to get Dooley and Lace married The answer to that prayer was a whelming flood I started crying on page 32 and sniffed and sobbed my way punctuated by laughs to the final page Redemption, benediction, healing, holy amazement, connection Reading this brings the satisfaction of resolution, the two bits after the shave and a haircut.Weddings are my thing Joyful solemnity, giving, sharing, joining, celebrating, laughing, crying, hugging, singing, dancing, rejoicing, thanksgiving I love a good wedding and I ve been to a few profoundly remarkable ones.The focus of Come Rain or Come Shine is on the month before and the day of The Big Knot Dooley and Lace want a small, intimate ceremony at Meadowgate Farm Karon enjoys poking fun at the myth of a simple country wedding There are obstacles and annoyances There are secrets and surprises There is the unrelenting pressure of diminishing time to get the place wedding ready.The main character is Lace Harper Her journals reveal her heart, her hopes, her fears, her loves She wants to find a wedding dress for under 100 she is thankful for the callouses which document her hard work She wants to get it this whole starting a new family right I appreciated the ways Dooley and Lace honor the memory of Sadie Baxter benefactor and Russell Jacks Dooley s grandpa in their wedding Fun stuff there is a Pinterest page for Lace Harper s wedding Jan Karon and Wendell Berry are both skilled at portraying a community where giving, helping, and reciprocating are the norm In their novels they don t cover up the hurts, the anger, the tensions, the troubles Weddings can be awkward with family drama Karon handles the presence of Dooley s birth mom, Pauline Leeper, in the same room as his siblings with utmost care There is no easy resolution, no instant reconciliation, just baby steps, tiny beginnings towards the on ramp to healing.I connected with this book in many ways This summer we went to a small, simple country wedding in a pasture My son and daughter in law have a wind storm and fallen trees in their wedding story, too I know what it is to be gob smacked by blessings, reduced to silent tears of joy Live music is the best for dancing the night away I love the song in the title.Somewhere Safe with Someone Good and Come Rain or Come Shine are Jan Karon s best work I can hope there will be , but if not, Come Rain or Come Shine is a fitting culmination of the Mitford books. I ve read all of the books in the Miford and Father Tim series, and I ve been looking forward to Lace and Dooley s wedding Not surprisingly, I read Come Rain or Come Shine pretty much in two big gulps Although I enjoyed it, I also found it somewhat vexing, hence my three star rating Part of my frustration was with the exceedingly sparse writing style much of the book was written as a few moments of time inside one character or another s head When you re in your own head, of course, you don t introduce yourself by name and neither did CROCS, leaving the reader to figure out which character they were following on any given page Sometimes it was obvious, other times it was not Some aspects of the story line were glossed over too, even after a lot of build up For example, the readers were not really given enough detail to picture Lace s wedding gift to Dooley, or her dress and this reader would have loved to be there when Lace first saw her dress CROCS also relies on the reader to fill in the back story for many of the characters and story lines I m not sure that two of the major story arcs, and particularly the arc involving Pauline Leeper, would be very meaningful for readers who haven t read the earlier books I won t mention the other arc as it would be a spoiler, except to say that I am glad I had read Home To Holly Springs before reading CROCS Without that background, I would have missed out on the beauty of that second arc In CROCS the focus also shifts from Father Tim to Lace and Dooley, with Lace providing much of the inner narrative, largely through peeks into her journal It reads as if Father Tim and Cynthia have settled into a comfortable spot in their lives in which there are nobig decisions to be made or conflicts to be dealt with I suppose that s a good thing, and probably natural, since they are now in their 70 s I m curious to see whether the next book continues this focus on the next generation In the end, CROCS is not so much the story of a wedding although we readers do get to participate in the wedding as it is a story of lives changing in preparation for, and because of, the wedding I am glad to see Lace and Dooley finally married I hope future Mitford books will let us know what is going on with them on the farm as well as what s going on with Father Tim and Cynthia, and the other romances sparked or hinted at in this book But mostly, I hope the next Mitford book will be a bit easier on the readers This was an okay book for me It was a little too spiritual for me, but the story, I think, was good.My main complaint about the whole thing was the fact that the author would start a paragraph or a chapter and say he or she There were about a dozen or so characters in this story I had no idea which he or she it was Or it would be Reverend There were two Reverends It was pretty frustrating At one point in the book the groom had two sets of parents there Then it would be mom or dad, which one Say a name I obviously became VERY frustrated and because of that did not really enjoy the book as much as one typically could I would be reading, having absolutely no idea who I was reading about, unless the author decided to give me some type of clue in the following paragraphs I gave this 2.5 stars, because what I did get out of the book was a touching story although I am pretty sure I missed most of it because of skipping the parts that I didn t know who it was about And that surprises me because I know this author has written several other books I m not sure if its the editing or what, but as this was my first by her, I was not impressed.Thanks Penguin Putnam Group and Net Galley for this free e galley in exchange for an honest review. I am an avid reader of Ms Karon s novels As a matter of fact, in the past six months I have read and re read the entire series at least 4 times while waiting not so patiently for the release of Come Rain or Come Shine There is a reason for this I have had a very stressful year and I find visits to Mitford very relaxing Every character in this series is complete there isn t a one dimensional body in the bunch Even the nodding acquaintances have a unique and full place in Ms Karon s stories These books make the perfect escape I love them dearly Reading these novels makes me feel like I m going home.But, her writing is also a joy to read Her descriptions are unique and folksy, and fit perfectly with each scene and character She weaves minor story lines through the major plot so well that, like a braided rope, the main story line is stronger, better, because it is the sum of all its parts.Which leads me to wonder, did Ms Karon really write Come Rain or Come Shine Although I loved attending the wedding, from the very first page I could not shake the feeling that this was not typical Jan Karon writing Perhaps it is the transition from Father Tim to Lace and Dooley as the main characters, changing the voice of the narrative, that bothered me It just seemed to me that the story was superficial, the characters flat this book seems to skim the surface of the characters emotions For example in the previous books, the story of Pauline s apology would have been muchimportant, givenroom to breathe,of a lead up Here, it seemed weak and watered down It wasn t given enough space for the reader to really connect, to feel Pauline s struggle, or Sammy s struggle A number of stories hinted at here were nothingthan a tease In the earlier books, the subplots would have been fully realized, satisfying Here, I was left wanting .And Lace There is little remnant there of the girl she used to be I was waiting for an outburst of Creek speak from her, something to let us know that she is still Lace Or some other connection to her past life Although her history is talked about, it is only that, talked about There is little evidence of the Lace that we love Yes, she has grown into a wonderful woman, and she talks a lot about her change and growth, but we would have seenof this if it had been written as the earlier novels were.Father Tim s voice was missing He was there, inserted just enough times to perhaps convince the reader he was still there, but he and Cynthia were side stories I know it is time for him to move on, I know it is time for Dooley and Lace to take over But Father Tim is not dead yet I know that because of time we are all getting older the story needs to be passed to Dooley and Lace But I feel cheated There are 8 years unaccounted for in this novel Sammy s story, Father Brad s story, Coot Oh, and Barnabas Heartbreaking that we were not there with Father Tim at Barnabas s passing and Barnabas gets such backhanded treatment.I wonder if the publisher coerced Ms Karon to jump ahead to Dooley and Lace s story in order to cultivate a new, a younger, audience That s what it feels like to this reader If that s the case, then Ms Karon s long time readers have been summarily dismissed, along with many of the residents of Mitford.But we can t go back now, we can only move forward.This isn t a Mitford Novel It is a Meadowgate Novel The writing is weaker, lacking the beautiful literary devices that Ms Karon usually wields so deftly, and the plot lacks the depth of the previous novels.I enjoyed being at the wedding, but I felt like a distant relation instead of part of the family.If you love Mitford, you will love this novel anyway And that s okay It is worth the read But it isn t typical Jan Karon. I have a confession I was never a big reader, until I read Jan Karon s first novel in her Mitford series After that, you could say, I was hooked I found a love for reading while I emersed myself in her characters and their daily lives In Karon s latest book, ComeRain or Come Shine, I eagerly wanted to devour it and yell from the rooftops that I loved it, but, for much of the novel, I spent my time feelingdisappointed than pleased Several reviews have pointed out the lack of fluidity between characters point of views, or how many readers would not understand the depth of meaning, as certain scenes took place, unless you had read the previous novels Although I don t feel giddy happy after reading this novel and even though I too, found the writing style to be lacking in some ways, every so often a glimpse or feeling from the previous books would pop out and make me smile and keep me turning the pages Many strings were tied up with this novel and it truly was a warm and cozy read I think I just missed the old characters and the story being focused on Father Tim Now that I have turned the last page though, I am very happy I read it. New York Times Bestselling Author Jan Karon Returns With The Story Readers Have Been Waiting For Over The Course Of Ten Mitford Novels, Fans Have Kept A Special Place In Their Hearts For Dooley Kavanagh, First Seen In At Home In Mitford As A Barefoot, Freckle Faced Boy In Filthy Overalls Now, Father Tim Kavanagh S Adopted Son Has Graduated From Vet School And Opened His Own Animal Clinic Since Money Will Be Tight For A While, Maybe He And Lace Harper, His Once And Future Soul Mate, Should Keep Their Wedding Simple So The Plan Is To Eliminate The Cost Of Catering And Do Potluck Ought To Be Fun An Old Friend Offers To Bring His Well Known Country Band Gratis And Once Mucked Out, The Barn Works As A Perfect Venue For Seating Family And Friends Piece Of Cake, Right In Come Rain Or Come Shine, Jan Karon Delivers The Wedding That Millions Of Mitford Fans Have Waited For It S A June Day In The Mountains, With Than A Few Creatures Great And Small, And You Re Invited Because You Re Family By The Way, It S A Pretty Casual Affair, So Come As You Are And Remember To Bring A Tissue Or Two After All, What S A Good Wedding Without A Good Cry I m always happy to venture back to Jan Karon s bestselling Mitford series where Father Tim Kavananah and his wife Cynthia set about keeping the peace in this small well imagined Southern town of colorful and well loved characters This is book 13 and everyone s here, reunited to celebrate the long awaited marriage of Dooley and Lace both of whom we ve watched grow up at Meadowgate Farm This is not a great literary work but as always Karon s books are something like comfort food for those of us who long for a kinder ,gentle life , where the biggest problem of the day may be how to resist Ester Bollick s famously delicious Orange Marmalade cake or if too many folks will decide to bring deviled eggs to the potluck 3.5 stars An unfair rating actually because of my own foolish choice when I haven t read any of the Mitford series and was totally lost although I did finish it I have read the first of the Father Tim series and thought this was the second one in that series wrong

  • Hardcover
  • 287 pages
  • Come Rain or Come Shine (Mitford Years, #13)
  • Jan Karon
  • English
  • 27 September 2019
  • 9780399167454

About the Author: Jan Karon

Born Janice Meredith Wilson in 1937, Jan Karon was raised on a farm near Lenoir, North Carolina Karon knew at a very early age that she wanted to be a writer She penned her first novel when she was 10 years old, the same year she won a short story contest organized by the local high school Karon married as a teenager and had a daughter, Candace At 18, Karon began working as a receptionist for