Apr 30, 09
Read in April, 2009
The story moves back and forth between present and past. Of course when he's "talking" to his mother or father, we can tell he's "in the past." It might take a moment to catch on to the change and also to figure out who is speaking at a particular time, whether it be Tim or the person he's talking with.
After receiving a very short missive saying simply "Come home," Father Tim returns to Holly Springs -- his place of birth -- bringing along his beloved dog, Barnabas. Here he reminisces of his growing up years with his best friend, Tommy Knowles, his time at the hardware store, and Willie, Peggy, his mother and father...He remembers grievous times. Willie took the heat for him over a vase that Tim broke as a young child.
In taking this trip, he has no idea what he's in for. He comes face to face with some regrets, some hurts, and some people from a different time in his life. Relationships are mended, new ones are formed, and one is discovered. It takes more than forgiveness and understanding; He is also faced with difficult choices.
One character might remind you of Miss Rose in the Mitford series. Many surprises for Father Tim; He's got a good heart...physically and spiritually.