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In the Company of Others (Father Tim #2)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  3,955 ratings  ·  720 reviews
A stirring page-turner from the bestselling author of the Mitford Series.

Jan Karon's new series, launched with her New York Times bestselling Home to Holly Springs, thrilled legions of Mitford devotees, and also attracted a whole new set of readers. "Lovely," said USA Today. "Rejoice!" said The Washington Post.

In this second novel, Father Tim and Cynthia arrive in the w
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Hardcover, 399 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Viking Adult (first published October 2010)
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The Library Lady
Familiar with the term "Deux ex machina"? It's a device used in ancient Greek drama, where having written themselves into a corner, the author would add a god coming down from the heavens (lowered on stage w/a crane) to solve everything.

Well, I've decided that that's what Father Tim has become. He swoops down from the sky (in this case from an airplane) and by the time he and Cynthia leave all the wrongs have been righted, everyone has found God (the Episcopal sort, even if they're Catholics) an
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Nancy
Another reviewer suggested the Father Tim / Mitford books were an example of "deus ex machina." Made me laugh--although I tend to agree. But--isn't this why readers select these books and return to Father Tim and his wise counsel, again and again? Because he provides a template for hope when our worldly cares seem insurmountable. The fact that the hope provided is the deus part of the literary convention doesn't detract from the writing.

While the overall pattern in every book is the same--Tim is
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Missy
It's been several years, but I used to enjoy the Mitford series books. So when I saw this on the "high demand" shelf at the library, I picked it up and looked forward to another comfortable, enjoyable read. The setting is Ireland (Father Tim and Cynthia are on vacation). I enjoyed the descriptions of the setting and language - a lot of similarities to Scotland where I was a missionary - but overall this was my least favorite of Karon's books. First, there were way too many characters. I tried to ...more
Catherine Leggitt
As I turned the last page, an overwhelming sadness dropped over me. I didn't want to leave this cozy Irish fishing lodge. I'd become so enthralled with the place, visualization facilitated by Jan Karon's awesome mastery of the language. The book is beautifully written. I took this life-altering vacation on the shore of Lough Arrow along with retired Episcopal priest Tim Kavanagh and his wife Cynthia. They came for much needed rest, but got an adventure instead. An intruder startles Cynthia, resu ...more
Tonya
Jan Karon is like a fine wine. She gets better and better as the years go on. I loved In the Company of Others. There are so many passages I would like to quote. I agree with Ms Karon, this is her finest yet. Beautiful scenery depicted to us. Tim and Cynthia have one of the most wonderful blessed relationships and I long to be like them. What a wonderful model for us all.

The whole mystery of who was in the cabinet, who stole the painting, just brilliant! I loved the journal writing. I couldn't
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Pgmjoleen
I mainly enjoyed the characters - especially Father Tim and his wife and the dynamics between them in this story. The other characters were also very well-drawn. I liked the setting in Ireland - good description of places, language, and culture. The book had a story within a story when the couple read a journal written more than a generation previously by the man who built the large country house near the B&B where they were staying in Ireland. I listened to this as a book on tape while I wa ...more
Laurel Bradshaw
I Have really enjoyed Jan Karon's books for her interesting characters, uplifting message, and sense of fun and humor. I especially enjoyed the first Father Tim novel, which seemed to be a bit edgier than the previous Mitford series. This book was a bit disappointing to me. I expected much more from a book set in Ireland. Except for the attempt at local dialect (which I listened to as an audiobook) there was nothing much Irish about the setting, or representative of the culture. While the charac ...more
Lana Jackson
Set in a fishing lodge in Ireland. Audio version of book rich with Irish accents and fiddle music. Father Tim (referred to as Reverend in Ireland) and wife, Cynthia (children's book author and illustrator) spend their vacation in a fishing lodge in the countryside. They grow attached to the owners of the lodge and the estranged extended family from the estate house up the hill. This book held much more drama than the usual lighthearted Midford series. Ended well.
Gretchen
I've been a *little* busy at work the last couple months and definitely feel the need to take a breath. So when I saw this Jan Karon novel at Borders last week, I jumped on it. I couldn't wait to sink back into the slower rhythms and quiet faith of Mitford and Father Tim.

Unfortunately for me, this book isn't set at Mitford, so all we get of the hometown crew are emails, phone calls and some great Uncle Billy jokes. Instead Father Tim and Cynthia have finally gone on vacation to Ireland. While th
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Sandra Olshaski
In the Company of Others by Jan Karon (Rated: C)
ISBN: 978-0-670-02212-0
Viking Press
Published October 30, 2010
Hardcover, 399 pages

Reviewed by Sandra

The unlikely protagonist is a 70-year-old retired Episcopalian priest named Tim. He and his 64-year-old wife of 8 years spend a vacation in Ireland, “getting in touch with his roots.” While staying at a seemingly charming family-run fishing lodge they encounter a variety of harmless characters…..an idyllic vacation lies ahead. But…. an intruder appear
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Jo
Oct 01, 2011 Jo rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction
I really liked this book. Jan Karon’s books are what used to be called “cozies”. While you read the book you feel wrapped in a hug and the book leaves you feeling better for having read it. For those looking for the “Mitford Books”, those are a different series (9). “In the Company of Others” is part of the Father Tim (2) series, which is set after his retirement and, thus far, outside of Mitford. Father Tim remains the main character and old friends from Mitford have bit parts, but we get to me ...more
Merand
It has been a long time since Karon published a book. Such a long wait usually makes me quite anxious to read the next book and I was but I didn't devour this book. Instead it was a little bit slow and I actually set it aside to read another quick book.

I love Karon's Mitford series and the life, hope, simplicity, and spirit that it is infused with. These "Father Tim" books are similar and yet not quite the same. For one thing, the book is entirely from Father Tim's perspective as opposed to a va
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Susy
I'm a sucker for the Father Tim stories which now number 10 in total. The novels are centered in a small town in the North Carolina hill country - almost Appalachia and Father Tim, the Episcopal bachelor minister, is beloved by everyone in his small community. Because these are heartfelt stories, he meets the woman of his dreams early on in book one & now retired from his parish they are off to Ireland to find their roots. In this novel, Karon mixes in a long lost journal with a bit of a mys ...more
Keri
I've never read any of Jan Karon's very popular Father Tim / Mitford novels, so maybe this shouldn't have been the first one. It's not that it was bad; it certainly wasn't. It sounded right up my alley, too: a long-planned trip to Ireland to explore Tim's Irish heritage, a very out-of-the-way village complete with wandering sheep and torrential Irish rain, cozy hearths and ruddy-cheeked old men telling tall tales by the fire, et al. It just didn't hold my attention. I was pleasantly surprised by ...more
Mary
I loved this book. Adored it. It's been a long time since I've read a Jan Karon book, and I somehow missed reading this one when I gave me my mom a copy several years ago. I had two friends tell me this was not Jan Karon's best story, and they were a little disappointed with it, and I think that kept me from reading it sooner. However, I thought it was as wonderful as any of her previous books. Perhaps my Anglophile tendencies and my own strong desire to visit any part of the UK contributed to m ...more
Lynnda Ell
Jan Karon's warm and gentle voice imbues In the Company of Others with the same ambience we've come to expect from the other Father Tim/Mitford novels. Father Tim and his charming wife, Cynthia, finally travel to Ireland. As usual, plans go awry - more than once.

Father Tim's ability to cope with an endless number of hurting people who seek his help land him and Cynthia in the middle of a very dysfunctional family where secrets pop up like leprechans. Interwoven with Irish poetry and a doctor's j
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Kate
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Claudia
This book was a disappointment to me. It was a confusing mixture of two plot lines: one about Father Tim and Cynthia vacationing at a quaint family-run inn in Ireland, the second set in the mid-nineteenth century at the same locale. The 19th century story line was left mid-air with a quick and unsatisfying tie down. The contemporary plot line included so many characters I needed a roster to keep them all straight. Finally, Tim and Cynthia were portrayed as being drawn into the family drama on a ...more
Michelle
I really WANT to like these newer Father Tim stories by Jan Karon. And there are definitely parts of them that I do like. I am giving this a "charity 4" though, based on past affection for the author. I liked the setting of this in Ireland, and I liked many of the characters, but the writing seems not as good as the actual Mitford books. I had to back up and reread sections a few times to figure out what happened--seemed to be a lot of jumping around, and some "sudden resolutions" that I really ...more
Rich
The pacing was too slow. I loved her first five books, and told everyone about them. But from that point on, the pacing has slowed to a snail's pace. Yes, I realize these books fall in the slice-of-life type of book, but even with that, the pacing is deadly dull. Her transitions are confusing, causing me to go back and re-read previous pages and paragraphs. She makes a big deal of Father Tim's cousin and wife coming to visit, but their arrival is barely commented on. I hate saying this because I ...more
Kathrine
After reading all the Mitford books, this book did not hold a candle. I agree with the other reviews that it was plodding and confusing. when I saw a page with journal, I dreading reading that part. The journal really didn't add to the overall plot. I didn't keep the characters & their relationships straight until the very end.
The ending did (finally) bring it all together but didn't need 400 pages to do it.
Agree that if you are a fan of the Mitford books, you will miss those characters &
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Sandy
I read all the Mitford series books some years ago and loved them, so I was excited to trip across this new addition. However, I had forgotten so much about the series, that I truly struggled reading the first half. Additionally, I found I had trouble keeping track of all the story as it developed in this book. I was always looking back to try and remember how this or that was related to what was occuring.

A few memorable quotes and ideas...

Regarding his adopted son, Dooley, who is experiencing
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Cheryl
I read and enjoyed the first couple of Mitford books but quit reading the series when it became too preachy and repetitive. I thought I would enjoy this book, however, because it was set in Ireland and I'll overlook a lot to read a book about Ireland. The setting, however, became the reason I had to put this book down.
The author seemed to have convinced herself that she had learned all she needed to know about the culture from a holiday at an Irish B and B. In trying to replicate the speech she
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Suzy
I've only read 2 chapters and I love it already-reading about Father Tim & Cynthia is like coming home after a long journey. Such a pleasure to be reunited with them again.

It felt so great to read about Father Tim & Cynthia again and though I love these characters this wasn't my favorite Father Tim/Mitford book. I enjoyed it but I didn't find the depth in the characters that I usually do.
Jane
I love the Jan Karon books about Father Tim! I love being immersed in the relationships between the characters in the books. The books are largely about the relationships and not so much about the story going on! Reading these has caused me to evaluate my interactions with my dear ones, and spurred me on "toward love and good deeds!"
Pam
Jan 03, 2011 Pam rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
no, not at all a stirring page-turner. i'll go along w/most of the reviews i read: too many characters, too unbelievable a plot, too silly to throw in the diary. still enjoyed it enough to finish. the thing that pained me most was to think of people who got to go to ireland & stayed in their room most of the time.
Trish
It was exciting to find this book on the bargain table at the bookstore and was thrilled to see a Father Tim book. Unfortunately, this is not my favorite Jan Karon by any stretch of the imagination. It was very difficult to finish this book as it simply wasn't interesting. Too many characters and a plot that drags and drags. When you don't develop characters, then you have to develop the plot and everything should move the plot along. Unfortunately, it was more than a bit of a drag. You couple i ...more
Cynthia Briggs
Just finished reading "In the Company of Others." As usual, Jan Karon, weaves an intriguing tale and introduces us to characters we wish we could get to know. I've read most of the "Father Tim" books and this one did not disappoint. In this book Father Tim and Cynthia take a trip to Ireland (his roots), which is a fun story with just a touch of mystery.

The only thing I didn't like about this book is that it dragged a bit mid-way through. I think she could have tightened the story (although I kn
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Terrie
I have read most of Jan Karon’s Mitford series as quickly as they were published. I loved them all so much I decided to read them again along with the new Father Tim series. It is so refreshing to read about honest, decent people dealing with regular life in a quaint and humorous way. IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS failed in my expectations. The story takes the Cavanaugh’s to Ireland and places them in the middle of characters that the story is really about. I felt the plot was weak and there were too ...more
Todd
Dec 05, 2012 Todd added it
Very good but different from Mitford series. Two stories going on at once but both of them good.
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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
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