Word of warning about this episode of the Mitford books, If you haven't read any of the other books in the series, you will probably be lost and not enjoy it as well. This book in particular reflects back on past events, people and heart aches that need to be understood as you read this one. You really should know about Dooley's mother, Pauline. You need to know that Father Tim found out late in life that he has a brother. Having a knowledge of Miss Sadie and Barnabas will round out the emotions that you will feel as you read Come Rain or Come Shine.
When Ms. Karon writes, she gives you a glimpse into how each of her characters thinks. It is amazing how relatable each character becomes when you realize what they are thinking and how they are evolving in their thoughts throughout the book, and for many of them throughout the series of books. She is able to jump from character to character with ease as you learn how those characters think and react to situations. You learn the hearts and minds of the main characters to an extent that you wish you could know your real family and friends as well as you have come to know Father Tim.
Come Rain or Come Shine is a quick read and I think it was meant to be a quick read about one main event, with a few other necessary extra events attached to it. It reminds me of A Common LIfe, the volume about Father Tim's and Cynthia's wedding. So, it does in some instances leave out some moments that I wish I had been able to "see" as the story is told. For example, I would have love to been present when Lace first saw her wedding gown. But, being familiar with the writing style of these books, I was able to deal with it.
One of the things that I love about the Mitford Series is that there is always a great take-away from the things that are said or that happen. The books are very Christian after all. My take-away from this book is that we don't need to be afraid of the Grace that the Lord gives us, we need to gratefully accept it and feel of his love.