Sunday, October 12, 2014

Book Review - The Mason Jar


What if your old college roommate called, raving about a book someone sent her, calling it the most beautiful book she's ever read? "But," she said, "it's about you." The author is your college ex.

In The Mason Jar, Clayton Fincannon is a Tennessee farm boy raised at the feet of his grandfather. He and his grandfather leave letters for each other in a Mason jar on his grandfather's desk---letters of counsel and affirmation. When Clayton attends college in Southern California, he meets and falls in love with a dark debutante from Colorado. However, when an unmentioned past resurrects in her life and she leaves, Clayton is left with unanswered questions.

Clayton goes on to serve as a missionary in Africa, while he and his grandfather continue their tradition of writing letters. When Clayton returns home five years later to bury his grandfather, he searches for answers pertaining to the loss of the young woman he once loved. Little does Clayton know, the answers await him in the broken Mason jar.

A story about a girl who vanished, a former love who wrote a book about her, and a reunion they never imagined.

Written for the bruised and broken, The Mason Jar is an inspirational romance that brings hope to people who have experienced disappointment in life due to separation from loved ones. With a redemptive ending that encourages us to love again and written in the fresh, romantic tones of Nicholas Sparks, The Mason Jar interweaves the imagery of Thoreau with the adventures and climatic family struggles common to Dances with Wolves, A River Runs Through It, and Legends of the Fall


James Russell Lingerfelt is the author of The Mason Jar and writes articles for The Huffington Post. James connects with readers at his blog, Love Story from the Male Perspective, and divides his time between Southern California and his family's ranch in Alabama.

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This book is one of the best written books I've read I a long time. The writing is beautiful and poetic and I loved every word of it!

Finn and Eden meet at Pepperdine College and almost immediately fall in love. Their connection is very deep and they both know they are truly meant for each other. This is the first time Finn has fallen in love, in fact, he really hasn't dated at all before Eden. 

Finn has been a server to people. He has been all over the world helping people to better themselves. His grandfather, who raised him, was also a server of people. Finn and his grandfather are very close and they leave each other letter in a mason jar that sits on his grandfathers desk. The letters from his grandfather are profound and always full of love.

Eden has come to Pepperdine to recover from a difficult relationship with a former boyfriend. She doesn't talk about it and Finn doesn't realize that she's had a difficult time. They share so much in common and these are the things they focus on. However, one day it all ends.

This story is written from the viewpoint of Finn and how he views their relationship and their separation and what it does to him. His grandfather has many profound things to say that were just beautiful. This helps Finn as he comes to terms with all that has happened.

I believe this book will become a classic. It's written so well, so beautifully, it will grab your heart and mind and won't let go even when you're done with the last page. I highly recommend this book!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity

Blessings - Julie

1 comment:

  1. What a great review Julie! I am sure it is a beautiful book! patsy


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