The Mason Jar
A novel by James Russell Lingerfelt
"This book will become a classic" - Julie Danielson, Barnes & Noble Review
Update: The Mason Jar feature film is scheduled for pre-production in 2015 and will be directed in the same dramatic and romantic tones as The Notebook (Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, 2004) and Pride & Predjudice (Keira Knightley, Matthew Mcfadyen, 2005).
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about the novel
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 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.
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this novel! It really touched me. Often, as an editor, I do not have the chance to work on things I really feel passionate about. It makes all the difference in the world when I am enjoying the work I am editing. All I can say is that I was blown away by this book! The Mason Jar is a must-read!
(award-winning author of The American Heiress)
I read The Mason Jar in one sitting. It read like one long beautiful poem. I applaud Mr. Lingerfelt loudly, for he has penned a very well written book that I plan to read again and again.
(award-winning author of My Sister Is My Best Friend)
This is one of the most relatable books I have ever read. This is the story of one mans way of dealing with unrequited love and disappointment by leaning on loved ones and learning from life.
This story is so sweet and uplifting and makes you think about the good in people in a world where we don't see much of it anymore. It's hard to find a good, solid romance these days with such substance and depth. This was an easy read, simple and sweet and beautiful. The Mason Jar will make you feel joy and hope and make you want to get out a pen and paper and write a letter to someone you love.
It's Finn's vulnerability and openness that really drew me into this book and then it was his storytelling combined with his grandfather's wisdom that held me until the last word on the last page. This is one that I wholeheartedly suggest that you find a copy, curl up with a mug of your favorite drink and lose yourself in its pages.
This book came in the mail yesterday and I finished reading it at midnight! My favorite parts were the letters of wisdom from the grandfather and the perspective that the author puts on romantic love at the end of the story. I feel like I could take things from this book and apply it to areas of my heart that needed healing from past hurts and disappointments. There is so much more I could tell you, but I don’t want to give away the whole story. You’ve got to read this book!
I was drawn in by the transparency and honesty of the main character, Finn, instantly! His journey in life, love, and family actually connected with me in such a personal level I felt I wanted to carry on hours of conversation with him face to face! I don't care who you are or what season in life you find yourself in, I am confident you will LOVE this story as much as I did! You will laugh and cry, you will feel encouraged and walk away with little nuggets of wisdom that will keep you pondering for days to come, and you will fall in love and find healing in the pages of this book.
Written with many facets of love, wisdom, and depth I've only gleaned from authors such as C.S. Lewis and Oswald Chambers. I could not put this book down! A romantic love story that keeps you in suspense to the very end, and one of serving others. Applies much wisdom to love and loss and can give understanding and healing to a broken heart - not an easy accomplishment! I look forward to read many more books by this author.
There's so much in this book that speaks to me at this point in my life; lost love, dealing with a crushed heart, not knowing which direction life should go, getting lost in the middle of growing up, and stepping out on your own for the first time. I know James will have you crying and laughing at some point in the story. Definitely a must read for yourself and anyone that has ever been in love.
This is a beautifully written story about a first love that ends in heartbreak and how Finn heals by turning to family. I love the letters between him and his grandfather, there were tears in my eyes several times. Bits of wisdom are offered throughout, insight on the male perspective. I really enjoyed reading this uplifting book and finished in one sitting. A sweet story.
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