#BookBeginnings Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good

Today we’re starting the next book in The Bestseller Code 100 challengeSomewhere Safe With Somebody Good by Jan Karon for Book Beginnings on Friday.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good by Jan Karon (2014)

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Summary:   Father Tim Kavanagh has returned to (fictional) Mitford, North Carolina with his wife Cynthia. He’s retired, but feels his life is missing something. Will he figure out what it is?

This is the twelfth  novel in the Mitford series, which features the multiple generations of the Kavanagh family. The fourteenth novel in the series came out in September, 2017.

First Sentence:

His wife was determined to march him to the country club this Saturday evening. Worse, he’d have to stuff himself into his old tux like a sausage into a casing.


For the rest of the first page, the husband and wife go about getting ready. In the meanwhile, we find out his first name is Timothy and he’s a priest (actually an Episcopal priest.) They’ve also just returned from County Sligo, which is in Ireland.

Karen and I are always concerned when The Bestseller Code computer picks a novel that is later on in a series. A couple of the reviews I read, however, suggested it was safe to read them out of order. Each novel apparently does work as a stand alone. We hope so.

What do you think? Have you read any books in the Milford series?


  1. Bev Bouwer

    Looks good, I’d try this one. Today I’m reading Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews.

    • Roberta

      Red Sparrow sounds good. I think I’ll read it on the airplane during an upcoming trip.

  2. Shealea

    Never heard of this book before, but this seems really interesting! I featured Heart of Mist for this week.

    • Roberta

      The descriptions you shared of Heart of Mist really made me want to read it. I will look for it.

  3. Kathy Martin

    This is a new book to me. I haven’t heard of it or of the author. I hope it works well as a standalone. This week I am featuring Death and a Pot of Chowder by Cornelia Kidd. Happy reading!

    • Roberta

      Thanks Kathy. I’m doing this challenge to explore books I wouldn’t have picked up otherwise. So far it has been mainly positive.

  4. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I haven’t read any of this series, but did see a Hallmark movie based on one of the books…and immediately wanted to connect to the characters.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

    • Roberta

      I did notice there was a movie, but I’m not sure which books it covers.

  5. I just read my first book by Jan Karon and really enjoyed it. I loved the characters and just the feel of it. Thanks for the reminder to get back to the series.

  6. Karen

    I’m hopeful, but dubious, as far as the “stand alone” idea goes. The first few chapters definitely refer to events and people from previous books, leaving me wondering what exactly they are talking about. I’m already suffering from FOHMS – Fear of Having Missed Something!

  7. Lauren @ Always Me

    I’ve been told that I need to try Karon – maybe one day.

    Lauren @ Always Me

  8. Nicki J. Markus

    Hope you’ll enjoy it!

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