come rain or come shine book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Planning a wedding comes with many exciting and frustrating moments. But fans of the Mitford series, by Jan Karon, are sure to enjoy every moment of the preparations for the celebration in her latest book, Come Rain or Come Shine. Dooley Kavanaugh and Lace Harper have been friends since childhood. Their attachment to one another grew out of mutually dysfunctional homes. When both of them were adopted into local families, their friendship grew out of that common experience. Now that Dooley has finished veterinary school and taken over a local practice, they are excited to begin a new life together that has only been wishes and dreams until now. The big day is right around the corner and there is still so much to be done!

Planning a farm wedding may be the latest craze, but no one said achieving that country charm is easy. From Lace’s determination to do everything on a strict budget, to the anticipation of birth parents’ arrival and the appearance of a stubborn bull on the property, this story has lots of little elements to make you laugh and identify with life in the country. Those who love the style of the precursor series, At Home in Mitford, will appreciate the folksy, down to earth storytelling that feels like home. And just like every other wedding, something always goes wrong. In the end, it’s not that everything was perfect, but that Dooley and Lace are surrounded by people that love them and who have supported them through thick and thin as they’ve turned their lives around.

In many ways, the underlying theme here is redemption…beauty from ashes. When Dooley and Lace join their lives together to form a new union together, they begin the cycle of redemption again at the same time. On the eve of their wedding, a little guy shows up. He is a bit of a surprise to everyone but Dooley and Lace. Like them, he needs a place to start over fresh and the newlyweds plan to start their lives together being just that for Jack Tyler. It’s a beautiful picture of the multiplying nature of grace and healing.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Sarah McCubbin is a homeschooling and foster mom in NE Ohio where she resides with her husband and 7 children. In addition to reading great books, she enjoys gardening, traveling and blogging at Living Unboxed.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by G.P. Putnam’s Sons. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.