I read this book in an afternoon, and there were some great things about the book. I loved Grandpa and his sage advice, I also liked young Finn at the beginning, but as the story progressed it seemed he became obsessed and it changed the tone of the story. While there were some great one liners in this book the overall story tried too hard to be witty and intellectual. It fell short of that in my opinion. It was not a bad book, but it wasn't all that I had hoped for either. My biggest concern was the faith aspect of this book was near to non-existent. Yes Finn was a wonderful humantarian, but I would have loved to seen a strong faith message in this story.And for those who say this wasn't presented as an inspirational book, the back cover did mention him serving as a missionary, therefore setting my expectations for a faith message in the story. Overall my rating is 3.5 stars. I was sent this book in return for my honest review by Litfuse Publicity and the publisher.
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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 toDances with Wolves, A River Runs Through It, and Legends of the Fall.
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About the author:
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.