In the Company of Others by Jan Karon
In this second book in The Father Tim series, Father Tim and Cynthia have traveled to a B & B in Ireland for some R & R and soon become involved with owner’s families and other guests. There is a bit of mystery with a break-in to Cynthia’s room and later a stolen painting. And there are various relationship issues going on. Another interesting element is the reading of a nineteenth century medical doctor’s journal, written by an ancestor of one of the B & B owners, which gives history of the place and intertwines with the present day story. I have read all of The Mitford series and Home to Holly Springs, the first Father Tim novel, and found this one to be as engaging as any of the others. It has the same gentle pace, but with enough movement to the plot to keep me interested. I do appreciate Father Tim and Cynthia’s light hearted good humor, and their bits of wisdom shared with the other characters in the story. They are both thoughtful without being preachy or doctrinal. I would recommend this title to anyone who has enjoyed others in The Mitford series or anyone who would like a gentle inspirational fiction with quirky Irish characters.