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Monday, September 1, 2014

GIVEAWAY ~ Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon

UPDATE: Please read carefully - I heard back from the publisher about opening the giveaway to International readers. I can offer THREE copies of the book. If you live OUTSIDE the US, you can get an eBook (digital copy) sent to you (no print). If you live INSIDE the US, you can CHOOSE print or digital. Sound good? I thought so J


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When I received an email from G. P. Putnam's Sons (Penguin Group) asking me if I would like to read and review Jan Karon's newest book, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, I was elated! I might have even done a little happy dance. Because we all want to go back to Mitford, right?!

They also offered a copy to one of my blog readers. Yeah. That's cool! (READ UPDATE ABOVE!)

But before I give you the details regarding the giveaway, I just want to share a little back story as to why I love the Mitford Series of books.



I was introduced to the charming and witty characters of Mitford back in 1996. I remember laying on our couch reading the first book, At Home in Mitford, laughing at some crazy antic of Uncle Billy's when my 11 year old daughter asked me what was so funny. I read an excerpt from the book and she chuckled. If you've read any of these books you know you don't just chuckle once. It's a repeated action, as well as shedding some tears. As soon as I put the book down to go do something, she grabbed it and started reading. From that point on, we were in a sort of book war. I didn't have empty hours back then to just read like I do now, so I had to read in short bursts. It became a race to see which one of us would get to the book first. Some mornings she would come out of her room, see me reading already, and say, "Rats, I thought I got up early enough to get the book. When will you be done?" Sometimes I would get a break from taking care of the little ones (naptime!!!) and go looking for the book only to find my daughter sequestered in her room with it. Nope. She didn't turn loose of it, even for me.

We became faithful followers of Ms. Karon's stories and read the whole series together. That is what endeared me to this author. The fact that she wrote a series of books that my daughter and I could both read, enjoy and discuss throughout the years. Not too many works of fiction have been able to accomplish that feat.

So that is why I am happy to be able to offer you a copy of Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, compliments of G. P. Putnam's Sons (Penguin Group).


Putnam Adult (September 2, 2014)


You must be a follower of my blog, either through GFC or Email, to enter this giveaway. Leave a comment letting me know how you follow, and if you have read any of the Mitford books, who your favorite character is, what are you looking forward to in the new book, or anything Mitford related, if so. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Don't forget to leave your email address in a format like this: you [at] here [dot] com. Giveaway ends Sept 6th. US winner gets to choose print or digital copy. International winner gets digital copy. Remember, I have THREE copies to give away, so share with your friends and book clubs!


56 comments:

  1. I have read the first two Midford books, and I'd love to win this one. I grew up in a small town and went to Appalachian State, so I can relate to a lot of this. Thank you for offering me this opportunity.

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    1. Janice, You absolutely MUST read the rest of the series! It just gets better and better. How cool that you went to App.

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  2. I don't know how one chooses a favorite character. It would be like choosing a favorite child. By loving Father Tim and Dooley and Cynthia, you love all of the rest of the characters as they enter the stories and develop. I recommend this series to everyone who asks if I have read any good books lately (even though I read them for the first time several years ago.) I have read them a couple of times, and always in order. I am SO excited that a new book is out!! I had thought she was not going back to visit Mitford!! I also have the Mitford cookbook and love that, also!! I follow your blog via email. Thanks for the opportunity!

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    1. Hi Chris, I didn't think we would ever get to revisit Mitford either, but I am so glad we do! I think Ms. Karon's fans were sort of clamoring for more :)

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  3. Love this anecdote about you & your daughter & love, love, love the Mitford books! I listened to the whole series on cd back when I was working 2 jobs. The stories made me want to stay in my car forever!

    At first I just thought they were sweet & quirky---who was the older lady who would sit in a rocking chair on her porch & rock w/ Father Tim & her maid & they all had to rock in sync with her? Then I got to the stories about finding Dooley's family. That last book where they're all gathered but one & Father Tim opens to the door to him & says something like, "We've been waiting for you." I defy anyone to read/listen to that without shedding a tear or two.

    I also loved the book where Father Tim took a church in a small mountain town. Was that the same one where a man was hiding out in the church attic & came to God because of Father Tim's preaching??? Anyway . . . I'm a fan! I bought & sent this book to my sister & keep telling myself it will be soon enough to read it when I see her again at Christmas time. But now I'm not so sure . . . I follow via GFC & FB.

    Thanks for reminding me of how much beauty these books brought to my life! Blessings, Anne.

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    1. Hey Renee, I know what you mean about the beauty of the books. There are many fantastic tidbits hidden in these stories.

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  4. I'm probably the only person who has not read any of these books. I've heard lots about them, but just haven't read one. Great review and blog post.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. Susan, I hope you'll check them out from the library. They're great books and it might help you if you win a copy of the new book. My review will be posted later, as I am still savoring this 500+ page book.

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    2. And don't forget to tell me how you follow the blog!

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  5. Sorry. I follow by bloglovin', GFC, and email.
    Susan

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  6. Anne, I have followed for some time with Friends connect.
    We, and by that I mean both my husband and I, have read every single Father Tim book, over and over again. We both said that we found new things each time. so not only are the books suitable for the young...but for the older folk too! I wasn't sure there would be another book,but it's wonderful that there is, and I'd love to enter the giveaway if you are posting abroad.

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    1. Barbara, That is so cool that you and your husband read the books together! I sent an email to the publisher inquiring whether or not I can open the giveaway to International readers. I'll let you know what I hear back.

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  7. I've read all of the Mitford books including the two Father Tim books that came after the Mitford series. I have been waiting quite a while for a new release. I'm looking forward to seeing if Father Tim can actually relax in his retirement years!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Patty, I'm glad you came by to enter the giveaway. I'm not finished with this new one yet but so far Father Tim is....wait. You'll have to read it for yourself ;)

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  8. forgot to say that I follow via e-mail!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. i don't read much (besides TOO many blogs!) but i wanted to come by and thank you for your visit! appreciate it! good luck to those who enter!

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    1. Hey Theresa, Thanks for coming by today. I always love seeing your beautiful images. I get the 'too many blogs' thing :)

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  10. Thank you for the interesting post ! So nice you and your daughter Share the books !
    I have not read any of Jan's books but they look great .
    I follow your blog by e mail
    thank you for giveaway !
    mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Jackie, I hope you'll go by your local library and snag the first series. They're worth the time to read. So many wonderful tidbits contained within the pages. Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway.

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  11. I really enjoyed this series a lot, with all the antics of small towns and funny situations Fr. Tim gets into. He remains my favorite character; his kind heart and steadfast faith are refreshing. Enjoyed reading how you and your daughter read it too. I send the books to my mom who is housebound now, as she really liked it also. Thanks for the giveaway! Karen R. kjrochon40(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. Hi Karen, Fr. Tim is a great character. I love how his mind works :)

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  12. I love Jan's books and am anxious to "go back to Mitford"!!! I think I have read them all (to date)...gotta check my church library card. I could not choose a favorite character....'cause I fell in love with all of them.
    I am gonna sign up for your blog via E mail. Thanks for the giveaway!
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Jackie, Aren't church libraries a blessing? So glad to hear you have a great resource for books.

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  13. Your blog is very pretty. I love the Mitford series. I haven't read pass A New Song. I love Father Tim and his wife. I like the work his wife does, illustrating children's books.
    I follow you now: email, GFC, Pinterest, Bloglovin'
    Thanks for entering me.

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    1. Thank you for the compliment on my blog. I have an eclectic mix of interests that I enjoy posting about.

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  14. Here is my email address.
    teakettle58@yahoo.com

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  15. I know I've read a couple of the books but it's been so long I don't remember much. I do remember enjoying them and like Father Tim. :) I would love to read this new book. Thanks for the giveaway! I followed via GFC.
    smileytwin10{at}gmail{dot}com

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    1. Hi Rachel, I can honestly say this is a series that bears reading more than once. It's a favorite of mine. Thank you for following.

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  16. I'm not sure why, but I never read the Mitford series. My mom has all the books though and has talked about the characters and how much she liked them. I don't know if she has a favorite. It would be such fun to win a copy of this new book to give to her. Thanks for the chance.. Someday I'll have to read all the books too.
    I follow your blog via e-mail.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Hi Pam, Your mom will certainly be delighted if you win her a book. That's such a sweet thing to want to do for her. Thanks for following.

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  17. Can't wait to read this book! I've read them all up to now. Hope I win!

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    1. Hey Sarah! I know how much you love these books. Glad you came by and entered the drawing.

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  18. I am a new GFC follower. I have not read any of the Milford books but your story makes me want to start. Going to look for them at the Library next time I am there. Thanks for the chance to win this book.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I'm so glad I have inspired you to read them! They are wonderful.

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  19. Hi Anne, I follow by email. : ) I love Jan Karon's books and feel like Mitford is one of my favorite places on earth. Father Tim is my favorite character. I am really looking forward to reading Somewhere Safe and Somebody Good. Thanks very much!

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    1. Hi Carrie! I am about halfway through my copy and I have to say, it is like coming home :)

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  20. Hello my friend! What a delightful giveaway! You know I am a follower of yours and I must admit that I have not read any of Jan Karon's books, but my grandmother has and she loves them so I know if I were the blessed winner I would gladly let her enjoy the book as well :)

    Hugs to you!

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    1. Hey Girl!!! You would really enjoy this series of books. Really! Start with At Home in Mitford, and work through the series. It's a lovely one.

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  21. Hi Anne, I follow your blog posts via Facebook. I am just delighted at the prospect of a "return trip" to Mitford! This delightful series is like a comfy pair of shoes that fit just right! Father Tim has always reminded me of a younger, maybe even slightly more hip version of Mayberry's Andy Taylor, and like Sheriff Taylor, Father Tim has a wonderful group of eclectic, loving people in his life. I can't wait to read this latest from Jan Karon.

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    1. Hi BSP, I'm not sure who you are exactly but you need to leave me an email address in case you win. Otherwise, I have no way of getting in touch with you!

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    2. Ok...I know who you are, BSP. You do realize you follow my blog through GFC, too, just under a different name. Is this your new alias? ;)

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  22. Thanks for your giveaway. I have read everyone of the Mitford series and absolutely love the books. I follow you via e-mail.

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    1. Hi Loraine, So glad you came by to enter the giveaway. Mitford is a great place :)

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  23. Oh, I love the Mitford books and have read every one of them except this one. My favorite character is probably Father Tim, but Puny comes a close second. I'm from NC and feel right at home reading these books. These characters are friends and could very well be my neighbors!

    I follow on Google Friend Connect and Feedly.

    nina4sm/at/gmail/dot/com

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    1. Hi Sylvia, Thanks for coming by and sharing your favs. I know it's hard to pick one but I always had a special affinity to Uncle Billy :)

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  24. Oh, how cool! Yes I follow your blog and also have your blog on my blogs sidebar so I can quickly see new posts.
    I have read every Jan Karon except this newest one. My husband also likes them and we have listened to them on long car trips.
    I like so many of her characters, Peggy is certainly amazing and then Uncle Billy was such a doll. I hope I could be as cheerful as they always were even in very difficult lives.

    Stwoliver3 [at] yahoodotcom

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    1. Hi Rhonda, That's cool that you and your husband both read them. Thanks for coming by and entering the drawing.

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  25. Hi! I'm so glad I found your blog! I am a new follower through GFC. Can't wait to read more of your posts. : )

    bookwormgal2011 at yahoo dot com

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  26. I am a follower and this book sounds wonderful. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Melanie, It's a wonderful book. Glad you came by to enter the drawing.

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  27. How exciting to finally have a new book about Mitford. My husband and I have read all the previous books. Thanks for the opportunity. huletthouseATmchsiDOTcom

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    1. Thanks for coming by but the giveaway ended on Sept 6th! Check the sidebar for current giveaways :)

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