The Mason Jar by James Russell Lingerfelt

Posted 18 October, 2014 by Paige in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

James Russell Lingerfelt‘s debut novel, The Mason Jar, is hot-off-the-press and causing quite the buzz. It’s even been optioned for a feature film and is in pre-production! Today I thought I’d share with y’all a bit about the book, my thoughts on it, and a giveaway for a Kindle Fire!

The Mason Jar

About 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 Wolves, A River Runs Through It, and Legends of the Fall.
Find out more and purchase a copy at James’ website.

My Thoughts:

*I received this book for review from the Publisher. This in now way affects my thoughts as expressed in this review*

Going into the Mason Jar, I wasn’t sure whether or not I was going to like it. At the very beginning, it felt like the book was going to be the type that goes kind of slow, it started out that way. In fact, if it hadn’t been for the characters themselves enchanting me, I might have put the book down. I’m glad I didn’t.

This book doesn’t take too much longer to really take off and pull me right in. The author has this sort of storytelling type quality to his writing that puts you at ease and makes you really just want to sit and enjoy the book. In this way to me it’s more like a memoir than a fictional book. The detail put into this book is outstanding, and the story itself is phenomenal. I cannot wait to read more from this author!

Catch the spark by entering James’ Kindle Fire giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Mason Jar by James Russell Lingerfelt

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 19th. Winner will be announced October 20th at James Russell’s blog, Love Story from the Male Perspective.



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