What’s it about?
Jan Karon’s second installment of the Father Tim series, In the Company of Others, whisks readers away to Ireland’s emerald shore with the beloved rector from Karon’s popular Mitford series. While most people take a vacation to unplug from their lives, Father Tim Kavanagh and wife Cynthia find themselves thrust into a story unfolding across the pond where personal convictions make it impossible for them to disengage. At a quaint fishing lodge called Broughadoon, the Kavanaghs are waylaid by a robbery at the lodge—and drawn into the complex and long-standing family drama of Broughadoon’s owners, Liam and Anna Conor.
Beloved characters + Irish culture + unearthing painful family history
Four days. To walk the shores of Lough Arrow. To row to an island in the middle of the lake and picnic with Cynthia. To sit and stare—gaping, if need be—at nothing or everything.
It would be roughly in the spirit of their honeymoon by the lake in Maine, where their grandest amenity was a kerosene lamp. It had rained then, too. He remembered the sound of it on the tin roof of the camp, and the first sight of her in the white nightgown, her hair damp from the shower, and her eyes lit by an inner fire that was at once deeply familiar and strangely new. He hadn’t really known until then why he’d never before loved profoundly.
Worth the hype?
Readers have waited three long years since Jan Karon’s last book. The combination of much-missed characters and a vivid Irish setting will make for a hit.