Thursday, October 2, 2014

THE MASON JAR Kindle Fire Giveaway from James Russell Lingerfelt!

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 WolvesA 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.

MY THOUGHTS AND OPINION OF THIS BOOK:  I can truthfully say this was not my favorite read.  I am not a big fan of Nicholas Sparks and this had him written all the way through it.

I was looking for a book that yes maybe the characters were not Christian, but they eventually discovered a relationship with Jesus Christ.  I did not see this in the book. Clayton was raised by his Grandfather and had a great relationship with him.  The main references to God was the Grandfather's relationship with Jesus and him being a missionary.  The only "missionary" work that Clayton managed to do was mainly humanitarian aide for orphans.

There was no redemption in this book.  The only thing I saw was this being about Clayton and his feelings toward a woman he fell in love with in college and was reunited with her later on at a class reunion.

I was not impressed at all with this novel.  I was expecting more, but I was left with a "bleh"feeling after reading this book.