Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: The Mason Jar by James Russell Lingerfelt

The Mason Jar
by James Russell Lingerfelt

Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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, named Eden. 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.

Kritters Thoughts:  A sweet love story told through the eyes of a male who fell fast and hard for another college student and she leaves him with just a note and no communication for years.  This book is his recount of their story and a hope that maybe if she reads it she will remember their love and maybe they will find their ways back to themselves.

I loved the switch between Clayton's book The Mason Jar and then the moments from Eden's point of view, it was great to see the story from both sides and be "in the know."  I don't read many books from the male perspective, so that was a big selling point for this book for me.  I enjoy reading how a man is affected by a woman's decision and the life choices he makes because of the relationship ended abruptly.  

The one thing was the writing, at moments it was a little choppy and hard to follow.  I think the one thing I would say was a little bit of editing would have smoothed out the parts that seemed jerky.

If you are a reader who wants a love story, but needs something, this one is worth a try.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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