Bestselling author Jan Karon is coming home.It has been nine years since Karon wrote Light From Heaven, which she said then would be the final book in her beloved Mitford Years series, which began in 1994 with At Home in Mitford. Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good marks her return trip for the 10th time to the fictional North Carolina village in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. So, why go back now?“My readers were wild to go back to Mitford,” she says in press materials. “The general consensus was: Holly Springs, fine. County Sligo, fine. Now let’s go back to Mitford. Thankfully, I was curious myself. What was going on in the lives of characters I had lived with 20 years? I was occasionally homesick for the place. Conclusion: Never say never.”Fans of the series, who feel like honorary citizens of Mitford, will settle back in with some familiar faces (and new ones, too). But Father Tim Kavanagh is at Mitford’s center. The Episcopalian priest retired from his pulpit at Lord’s Chapel, and he’s looking for a new purpose to his life. Looks like the community will provide plenty of crises — large and small — to keep Father Tim busy.Karon will present her new book at an Authors Live! event at 7 p.m. Thursday at Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, 214-521-3111; www.hpumc.org/authorslive/. — Celeste Williams
Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good
by Jan Karon
Audiobook: Penguin Audio, $45; narrated by John McDonough, a veteran reader of the Mitford series.