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, named Savannah. 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. Note: In September 2014, a new version of The Mason Jar (distinguishable by the blue title box on the front cover) was released with a redemptive ending.
The Mason Jar is James Russell Lingerfelt's debut book and it is a fantastic debut. I have learned that I have a heart for debut authors and their books. I love reading these first books and finding new authors to read from their start. When I read the book description and that it was a debut book I knew I had to request it and I am so glad I did. The Mason Jar is like a book within a book. The story begins about a man, Clayton Fincannon, or Finn as his friends know him, who wrote a book about his time in college focusing on his time with "Savannah" (the fictional name given to Eden). Eden gets a call telling her about this book. From there, as the reader, we get to read Finn's book. The story goes into Finn's life from losing his parents young, his time in Africa helping street kids, to his current life. Finn and Eden find each other for a short time and one day she leaves without warning and Finn doesn't know why. He struggles through many years wondering why it happened and what happened to her.
The Mason Jar is a fantastic debut book. James Russell Lingerfelt writes 2 beautiful stories in one that spans many years to give us the story of Finn and Eden. I found myself completely immersed in this book, unable to put it down. From the start this story took a hold of me and held on until the end. James Russell Lingerfelt writes with authority about Tennessee, Pepperdine University, California, Africa, volunteering and missionary work overseas, and Micro lending and how it works. I learned about a few things in this book especially about the missions work in Africa and how Micro lending works and how it has helped people all over the world. I loved all of the characters in this story but it is a tie between Finn and his Grandpa. These two men were so similar yet many years apart. They were also best friends and their connection to one another gave this story so much more. I loved the tradition of the letters in the Mason jars and the use of the jars for their drinks. I truly enjoyed this book and I am so glad I had the opportunity to read it. James Russell Lingerfelt is a very talented writer who writes with such heart, you can see it in the pages. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction, you will not be disappointed. I cannot wait for James Russell Lingerfelt's next book to come out. I give this book 5 STARS.
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