The Mason Jar by James Russell Lingerfelt ~ Review

The Mason JarLucie's Review: 

Growing up Finn and his grandfather shared letters, leaving them for each other in the old mason jar, words of encouragement, advice, and affirmation. When Finn left for college he fell in love with beautiful young woman with a past, named Eden. Suddenly Eden disappears from his life and Finn is left with many unanswered questions, so he goes to the mission field in Africa, and returns home to bury his grandfather still haunted by the mysterious love that still haunts him.
"A story about a girl who vanished, a former love who wrote a book about her and a reunion they never imagined." [from the back cover of the book]

What I Loved: I loved the premise of the story, with the exchanging of the letters and the closeness between Finn and his grandfather. And how the grandfather uses his letters to encourage Finn, and share his faith with him.

What I Liked: I liked how Eden and Finn were careful too not let their relationship go "too far" physically. I did come to understand the reasons why Eden felt she had to do what she did, though it would have been nice if she had been able to tell Finn sooner so that he wouldn't have been bitter so long

What I Disliked: I didn't like how Eden and Finn's relationship got physical so fast, and how often the book would described their physical intimacies during their time together. I didn't connect to the characters and that made it a hard book to read.

Overall:  This wasn't my kind of book, and honestly not one that I could recommend. I often felt that it tried too hard to be intellectual, making it tougher to connect with the story and the characters. Personally this just wasn't the book for me, I have read many reviews that rave about this book and others that rave about it, so I would definitely recommend looking into other reviews to get a fuller picture of if this book is a good fit for you!

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About the book: 

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 WolvesA 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.

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