As we drove across the plains of northern Texas we were listening to a book on CDs. John McDough was bringing the characters in Come Rain or Come Shine to life. The book, written by Jan Karon, is the latest in the Mitford series.
I have read all the books in the Mitford series, but I don’t think it is necessary in order to enjoy this one. My husband followed the story with as much enjoyment he can acknowledge in a fiction book. (He is an engineer! lol) Of course I have gotten to know the characters and know their histories.
As puffy white clouds rolled across the blue sky, my husband and I listened to the wedding plans of Lace Harper and Dooley Cavanaugh. We passed scenes of cattle grazing, and listened to the description of Meadowgate Farm. Dooley was setting up his veterinary practice there. We could envision the heifers that Dooley was purchasing. Husband took note of the bull, Choo Choo.
As wedding plans move forward the event is definitely a community project. Dooley and Lace have loving friends. I enjoyed the give and take, between people with varied backgrounds and experiences. Each character is unique and brings color to the story.
Father Tim, a retired Episcopal priest, has memorable words throughout. I was pleased to hear the term, covenant of marriage, in dialogue.
The perspective on marriage is thoughtful, holy and realistic.
The simple wedding turns out to have a variety of complications–like most weddings. It is a celebration of marriage and family and a child. It is a great read—or if you are going to travel, a great story on CD.
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