The Mason Jar
A novel by James Russell Lingerfelt
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 Mail Order Bride and The American Heiress)
I read The Mason Jar in one sitting. It read like one long beautiful poem. If you are looking for a superficial Hollywood ending, this book is not for you. However, if you want a realistic ending that will make you appreciate what life is all about, then I urge to pick up a copy of The Mason Jar. 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)
The 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. I love the dialog between Finn and his grandfather about simple truths in life. Being a southern female, I appreciate the honesty by which this book was written and the traditional family values that are highlighted in this story.
This story will fill your heart with love, sadness, grief, joy... You will want to scream at lost loves, go on a missions trip and never look at a mason jar the same again! Loved how detailed the author wrote setting up picturesque visualizations. Thought the book ended way too soon; but, maybe there will be a sequel!
Written with many facets of love, wisdom, and spiritual 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.
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