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, 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.
MY GENERAL THOUGHTS: I held high hopes for The Mason Jar because I really looked forward to reading about the boy and his grandfather’s relationship with the letters. But I was disappointed that Clayton only spoke about his grandfather in past tense and only little snippets at that. The writing was beautiful for The Mason Jar and it was very easy to follow, however, I found that it lacked in plot for my typical read. After reading some other reviews, I found that James is actually looking to turn this book into a movie, which would be fantastic as this story would be better as a Hallmark film.
QUESTIONABLE CONTENT: Because this book did not hold my attention through well over half of the story, I had other books that I needed to start in order to get a review up on time so I did not finish The Mason Jar. Therefore, I am unable to list all of the questionable content, other than were I read, which was just some kissing and some sexual comments/thoughts.
RATING AND RECOMMENDATION: I rate The Mason Jar 4 out 5 stars, because though this book was not for me, it was written beautifully and has great potential as a movie. However, I do not recommend it to many of my friends as they will not enjoy this book.
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